For your next couple’s night out, impress your partner with a sophisticated take on the cocktail. New York’s next-generation parlors are waiting to hook you up with the world’s finest tequilas, whiskeys, even tiki drinks, along with the less-traveled realm of bitters. For the best of both, visit Amor y Amargo in the East Village, a “bitters tasting room” that raises the use of herbal essences in cocktails to an art form. Step through the wooden door and behold an intimate, blue and yellow-accented space, perfect for conversation with your partner or your neighbors. Admire the tile bar and pressed-tin ceiling, which lend some classic New York atmosphere. When it’s time to order, let the menu lead you to something like the Eight Amaro Sazerac, which combines the spirits of New Orleans and Italy in a densely layered glass. Take your time savoring the hints of orange and Chartreuse liqueur—these drinks were made for sipping. Or hash out something bespoke for your paramour. Tell the bartender “smoky” and “spicy,” and wait for a complex blend of mezcal and habanero bitters to appear. Your partner leans in, intrigued. There’s an upbeat soundtrack. The bartender circles back to add a little more to the story, then gives you some space to be alone. After all, the name of the bar translates to “Love and Bitters.”

Amor y Amargo

443 E. 6th St, , New York NY 10009

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