Angel’s Share

Speakeasy and Cocktail Bar$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Kathy M.
    Kathy MatthiesenMay 9, 2016
    Go upstairs to the Japanese restaurant and go left through the unmarked door. Quiet, intimate, and great drinks. Loved the Smoke in Your Face whiskey cocktail - it's exactly what it sounds like.
    Upvoted Mar 20
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinMarch 12, 2013
    Going nuts trying to find it? You're not alone. Enter through Yokocho and take the unmarked door on the left and enter into another world. Order the Stormy Weather and make interesting conversation.
    Upvoted Mar 21
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiMarch 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    This Japanese run speakeasy always keep good control on the atmosphere: music with perfect volume, never over crowded. Whisky fans should try their smoke get on your face. *Off the menu: earl grey gin
    Upvoted Mar 20
  • Colleen S.
    Colleen SheaDecember 29, 2016
    You will wait for a seat but it's worth it to try ANY of the drinks, especially the 'smoke gets in your eyes'. Go later on a week night for faster seating. Worth the wait either way!
    Upvoted Mar 19
  • Marie P.
    Marie PorrasOctober 30, 2016
    Very good cocktails. Nice & cosy atmosphere if you don't seat next to the main door as the long queue of people waiting to get in keeps the door opened and you can hear the noise from the restaurant.
  • Stephanie Z.
    Stephanie ZhongOctober 29, 2014
    Hidden inside a often loud japanese tapas restaurant. Good place to take your out of town friends to, because this spot basically defines the whole speakeasy experience. Good drinks, small cozy space.
  • Arie
    ArieJune 11, 2015
    NY has made me love speakeasies. Speakeasies have made me truly appreciate great cocktails. Absolutely delicious cocktails are certainly found here. Highly recommended; if you can find the door..
  • Amy C.
    Amy ChenJuly 17, 2015
    Definitely check out this tucked away gem. The location has great vibes and the volume is maintained at a low murmur. Smokey whiskey literally had a fragrant glass of smoke with whiskey. So cool.
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaNovember 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This speakeasy has a secret speakeasy inside it Thursday-Saturday. You actually use a separate secret entrance! Make sure you check it out! Try Sharaku instead of the Village Yokocho 😉🤐
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 11, 2015
    The rules: no reservations, no groups larger than four, no standing room, and no yelling. Ascend the stairs and enter through the unmarked door to the left of the sushi counter in Yokocho restaurant. Read more
    Upvoted Feb 20
  • Gothamist
    GothamistFebruary 5, 2015
    With its dark, soft-yellow lighting, intimate space and creative cocktails, this speakeasy's got all the makings for a romantic East Village evening. Try the Quintessence cocktail. Read more
  • Magnus v.
    Magnus von KoellerAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This is my favorite cocktail place in the city. Don't miss it. Walk upstairs, find the unmarked door right by the stairs and walk into what is also one of the coziest spots for a drink.
  • Dens
    DensJune 9, 2011
    Trivia: "angel's share" is a term that describes the wine that escapes through evaporation during the barrel aging process. (I learned this at a bourbon tasting down in New Orleans)
    Upvoted Mar 20
  • Brian H.
    Brian HemhauserJanuary 30, 2015
    Smoke Gets In Your Eyes may be unlike any cocktail you've ever had. The drinks are incredible and definitely worth the price and/or the wait. Keep your party at four or less or they won't seat you.
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaNovember 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing, incredible craft cocktails. Evidence is a great off-menu cocktail made with their house-infused Earl Gray Gin. The Autumn Leaves is my personal favorite.
  • E D.
    E DwardFebruary 14, 2016
    Best date spot. There's a wait but never really more than 20 min. Drinks are great, snacks are great. It's super cozy and intimate. Hands down my favorite cocktail bar in NYC. Window seat's the best.
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissJune 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    There's a sibling Japanese whiskey, scotch, and bourbon bar now open two doors to the left. Walk up the unmarked stairwell. Get a scotch based Islay Sour.
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    This speakeasy housed in Village Yokocho has some of the best cocktails to be found in the city. The Serenity (citrus vodka, lychee liquor) and the Cheek to Cheek are some of the sweeter options.
  • Teresa
    TeresaApril 7, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    My favorite cocktail bar in NYC because I love fruity and nicely made cocktail drinks. They also have an extensive whiskey list. The bartenders are extremely knowledgeable and can make custom drinks.
  • 99U
    99UApril 22, 2014
    Go up the stairs and through the Japanese restaurant to find this intimate cocktail den. It’s tough to get a seat, but once you do, you’ll be in heaven. Sun-Wed: 6pm-1:30am | Thur-Sat, 6pm-2am
  • Jorge S.
    Jorge SierraOctober 26, 2012
    The moon at noon cocktail taste like a worthers candy! so good! I also really enjoyed the old fashioned. If you dont get a spot right away just head next door and down some sake while you wait.
  • Kunal K.
    Kunal KundajeJanuary 5, 2016
    Some of my absolute favorite cocktails in NYC. The "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" is fantastic, but you should really try the "Flirtibird" with the shiso+yuzu - truly unusual and exceptional flavors. 👌
  • Ant M.
    Ant ManSeptember 9, 2014
    Hidden away, this place has a menu that's rich in every drink category, each drink with a story. The mood is always laid back, which makes for a great place to catch up with friends.
  • Douglas Elliman
    Douglas EllimanJuly 10, 2014
    An awesome speakeasy-style bar hidden in the back of a Japanese restaurant in the East Village. We love their exotic cocktails, especially the Summer Breeze cocktail off the specials menu.
  • citichik c.
    citichik chickpeaJuly 21, 2012
    In a most unexpected place, busy, but we had no problem getting a great corner spot to get cozy in. Friendly staff knowledgable about their cocktails & happy to recommend some. Try the Dark & Stormy!
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinAugust 4, 2015
    This hidden bar impresses even the most jaded New Yorkers. A little Tokyo gem with all the right Japanese sensibilities...but don't be shocked if they're out of your Japanese whiskey of choice
  • Senator John B.
    Senator John BlutarskiJanuary 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The menu's featured drink is a "Speak Low"; a blend of two rums, sherry, and an amazing macha green tea as an homage to Japanese tea ceremony in cocktail form. Don't leave without one. Drink!
  • Natalia B.
    Natalia BakerOctober 14, 2014
    Go into the Village Yokocho restaurant, at the top of the stairs on the left hand side there is an unmarked door that leads to the bar!
  • Ira B.
    Ira BlossomOctober 8, 2014
    Awesome spot overall! The staff here is super friendly and responsive and the drinks are amazing. Try to get here before 1030 or you might not have a spot without a long wait..
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RosenthalNovember 2, 2014
    NYC's best speakeasy. The drinks are a work of art. Be sure to try the Nardis (white truffles and pear) cocktail- it doesn't disappoint.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MecumMay 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "Boulevardier" are both phenomenal. The attention to detail is unmatched in this amazing and quaint speakeasy/cocktail bar. I can't recommend this place enough.
  • Jake Y.
    Jake YosafatFebruary 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A true speakeasy feel. The side room is great for small groups of friends catching up. The Smoke Gets In Your Eyes is an experience to order and drink. A welcoming campfire in a glass.
  • Hector
    HectorNovember 6, 2016
    Entrance is tucked away inside a Japanese restaurant on 2nd floor. Grab a seat at the bar! Delicious cocktails - lives up to the hype.
  • Eric V.
    Eric VenkerAugust 20, 2014
    One of the top speakeasy spots in the city. Second only to Attaboy in my opinion, and that has everything to do with bartender personality and ambience. Cocktails here are phenomenal.
  • Humayun R.
    Humayun RashidOctober 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    New favorite drink, Moanin' truly lives up to it's name. Plus it comes in a really cool dome shaped cup. You can never go wrong with Japanese Yamazaki whiskey. I love this place.
  • lisa b.
    lisa bessermanOctober 24, 2012
    Cool speakeasy. Located inside a Japanese restaurant, off to a side door. Sit by the window for a nice view of st. Marks. Food and drinks are wonderfully crafted! Mmm Delish!
  • Hannah P.
    Hannah ParvazOctober 17, 2016
    So beautiful, religious mural above the bar, gorgeous open plan windows to look out into the street, flirtibird cocktail is delicious
  • Leo S.
    Leo SumulongAugust 22, 2014
    The bartenders at this cozy cocktail nook have certainly refined their craft to a high level. There's a cocktail for every taste here and then some. Great date spot.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MizrahiJune 17, 2013
    "This isolated cocktail bar is attached to a Japanese restaurant but entirely separate from it. It's dark and quiet and has an impressive selection of whiskeys. They don't seat groups larger than..." Read more
  • Henali
    HenaliSeptember 4, 2014
    right in the heart of st marks with such talented bartenders. come after work and snag a table by the bar to see the bartenders do their tricks to your drink ;)
  • Liang S.
    Liang ShiMay 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite speakeasy in Manhattan. Delicious cocktails, delightful Japanese service, tasty nibbles. Come here with a hot date or girlfriends. Max group size of four.
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AngelesDecember 16, 2013
    Holy fancy drinks. Definitely worth popping in for a cocktail experience, as well as being in an intimate, hidden speakeasy setting. Expensive, but the drinks were worth it.
  • Katrina K.
    Katrina KildareJune 26, 2016
    Speakeasy w/a secret entrance above a bookstore in The Village, infused liquids & craft cocktails, beautiful picture window looking out over the Village especially lovely on a snowy winter night
  • Amruta B.
    Amruta BugeJanuary 7
    My friend ordered the "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" 💨 and said it tastes like a barbecue. You know when you're drinking at a barbecue and the smoke keeps getting in your eyes? Yeah, that feeling. 😂
  • Carl F.
    Carl FigueiredoDecember 16, 2016
    Classic NYC cocktail bar. Speakeasy vibe with a Japanese aesthetic. Highly unique cocktails. Excellent collection of Japanese whiskies and sakes as well.
  • The Local East Village
    The Local East VillageAugust 14, 2011
    "In contrast to the loud and bustling sushi bar on the other side of the thin door, Angel’s Share has a candlelit vibe and soothing jazz, is quiet and much like a traditional speakeasy." Read more
  • Caroline
    CarolineMarch 5, 2016
    The bartenders here are amazing and really know the ins and outs of their craft. Great hidden spot to grab a few drinks at (if you can find it)!
  • Wil W.
    Wil WongNovember 20, 2012
    A very asian style speakeasy. Drinks are a bit light on volume in my opinion. A good place to go when you have no reservations anywhere else and every other bar is full for the night.
  • Christine W.
    Christine WeiJuly 13, 2011
    pricey but some of the best cocktails i've had in the city. if you like sweet, girly drinks, this is your place. for $15, i had a big, blue drink that tasted like lychee and jasmine that i still remem Read more
  • PUNCH
    PUNCHSeptember 24, 2015
    In this shrine to the cocktail, Japanese bartenders quietly build drinks, many of which lean classic and spare. This is a bar with rules—and not the tongue-in-cheek kind. Read more
  • Sam H.
    Sam HFebruary 15, 2015
    A great place to go to during dinner time since there's a little bit less of a crowd. Only go in groups of 4. Inside the lovely Yokocho vilage
  • Rewan P.
    Rewan PartiMarch 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    They have a second location which is a few feet away from their current location. Usually no wait times at the second location and same great quality of cocktails.
  • Shiri L.
    Shiri LaraFebruary 20, 2016
    Love angel's share! It's a gem. The cocktails are always on point, servers and bar tenders are super friendly and knowledgable. Get the smoke in your eyes- campfire scented Manhattan.
  • Marcelo F.
    Marcelo FleitasNovember 19, 2010
    small parties only - 4 people max. Kick-ass cocktail bar with bartenders who really know how to make a drink - signature cocktails are great - or just go for your favorite top-shelf liquor. They actua
  • Paul
    PaulFebruary 6, 2015
    Knowledgeable staff and super selection of cocktails. May get overcrowded but worth the wait! Cheers!
  • Madeline M.
    Madeline McDavidApril 10, 2016
    Super cozy and intimate place. Perfect place to being a date if he or she loves whiskey, bourbon or scotch, alone or mixed into a cocktail.
  • Zack S.
    Zack SheppardOctober 14, 2011
    The grand-daddy of New York cocktail bars, it's not the best or the classiest. Still, as the place that inspired Milk and Honey, it's earned a spot on this list.
  • Mike N.
    Mike NickersonMarch 17, 2016
    Get here before 7 if you don't want to wait for a seat! Enter on 2nd floor of the Village Yokocho noodle house through the unmarked door
  • Karen M.
    Karen MarshallSeptember 2, 2013
    Brilliant concoctions, ask for the bartenders favorite! Or anything with green chartreuse! Delightful liquor, creative food menu. Will be back!
  • Jimmy Z.
    Jimmy ZhuOctober 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Evidence. It rotated off the menu, but it's a killer tall drink - earl grey gin, lillic blanc, ginger ale, lemon, and Japanese precision.
  • Jason S.
    Jason S.January 4
    Cool little bar with a hidden entry. A little pricey but well worth it in my opinion. I had a Manhattan while looking out at the city.
  • RC
    RCFebruary 6, 2015
    Everyone likes a Stormy Weather but try the Flirtibird! Don't be afraid of the lesser known ingredients. This is a perfectly crafted cocktail.
  • Siovonne
    SiovonneAugust 26, 2014
    You have to walk through a Chinese restaurant, and this speakeasy cocktail bar is hidden behind a door. Amazing.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SchulweisFebruary 3, 2015
    I don't remember what the drink is called, but it is whiskey based, comes upside down with smoke in the glass, and is an awesome sensory experience
  • Jenn S.
    Jenn SchwartzAugust 19, 2012
    Rude hostess, cool space. Strict rule that everyone in your party must order a drink. Try the $15 cocktail with jalapeño & passion fruit-- strangely amazing.
  • Katherine S.
    Katherine SibelSeptember 19, 2013
    Best cocktails ever. Ask the master for a personal creation, ask for seasonal mixs or just the regulars...alcoholism begins here <3
  • Tracy Z.
    Tracy Zhao4 days ago
    Amazing!!! Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - one of the best cocktails ever. Can't wait to go back and try all the other drinks on the menu.
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceFebruary 12, 2015
    A Japanese Cocktail Speakeasy. You're not likely to find another in the area. Start or end your Japanese food and drink infused East Village evening here.
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie Vegel2 weeks ago
    Really great cocktails though the wait can be long. If you tell them what flavors you like the bartenders will make something amazing.
  • Benjamin G.
    Proper New York experience. A small proper speakeasy inside a Japanese restaurant. good cocktails too
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaFebruary 29, 2016
    Best speakeasy. Unpretentious, cozy, excellent cocktails. Parties must be <4. Go upstairs to Izakaya, enter unmarked door on left. 🍸💛👍🏼
  • Silver A.
    Silver ArevaloJuly 24, 2010
    very cool speakeasy bar. order one of their special cocktails. bar tenders mix and shake the drinks with love. it's kinda pricey but it's worth the experience. the bar is hidden inside Village Yokocho
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MatthewsAugust 27, 2012
    A great cocktail bar. Take the steps up to a Japanese restaurant turn left and there should be an unmarked door. Through it you'll find the bar.
  • Keri D.
    Keri DingMay 17, 2014
    try the award winning matcha flavored whiskey called speak low. Charlie brown is also very yummy if you like peanut butter flavor
  • Ronak D.
    Ronak DayaNovember 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you can find your way there, try one of the many Japanese whiskey-based drinks. Come in a party of more than 4 and you'll be turned away.
  • Justin C.
    Justin ChoyNovember 15, 2015
    One of my favorite speakeasies! If you're going for the first time I highly recommend getting the Smoke Gets In Your Eyes!
  • Joe M.
    Joe MontesSeptember 13, 2015
    The decor and big windows were beautiful. Try and get a window seat! The Stormy Weather is a great fall whiskey drink.
  • Patrick D.
    Patrick DuffyAugust 13, 2013
    Enter through the Japanese restaurant's staircase from the street. Through unmarked door and then you're good. Drinks aren't as potent as Death and Co.
  • Nick R.
    Nick RinaldiSeptember 24, 2011
    A tough bar to find, it's in the top of a sushi restaurant, behind a big wood door. The sushi is skippable, but their infused liquors make for unique drinks
  • Luke C.
    Luke CanvinMay 18, 2015
    Fantastic and really original cocktails. Gets busy and the service is relaxed so make sure you have time. It's worth it!
  • Brendan L.
    Brendan LewisFebruary 23, 2014
    The Sweet Lorraine is a huge winner. It's like you watered the tomatoes in your garden with booze and made it more awesome
  • Betty
    BettyOctober 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    It's easy to fall in love with a single drink at this place but always challenge yourself to try a new cocktail--just to fall in love all over again. Old fav: stormy weather. New fav: moanin'
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    Before the cocktail revolution, these guys were doing an amazing job, and still do. You only get a drink if you get a seat.-Jimmy Bradley , Top Chef
  • Teresa
    TeresaMay 1, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you like martinis, try the Serenity. My other fave is the Quintessence (Jasmine infused vodka). Request a table to people watch from the window. No parties over 4 people.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 16, 2011
    Lovely little lounge serving up cocktail masterpieces. Come here on a dreary day and order the Stormy Weather to fit the mood.
  • Jonathan V.
    Jonathan VuAugust 5, 2013
    Get dinner at Village Yokocho, then booze it up at Angel Share. If you want to pace yourself, Stormy Weather is the way to go.
  • Jason G.
    Jason GelmanJanuary 30, 2013
    Classic East Village speakeasy. Perfect for a date. Try the Stormy Weather. Stay away from the one infused with Matcha Tea.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie McIntyreDecember 24, 2012
    This place is perfection. A quaint speakeasy with a warm ambiance and delectable cocktails. The Cheek to Cheek is a must.
  • Anish B.
    Anish BhattJuly 8, 2015
    Go upstairs through the door that says Village Yokocho, it's inside the restaurant
  • Brant M.
    Brant McQuittyApril 16, 2016
    Well made cocktails, a low ceiling and intimate setting --makes for a great place to enjoy the evening with a few friends.
  • vikas e.
    vikas erraballiNovember 20, 2010
    Avoid the urge to fulfil your desire to try bacon in a beverage. Instead try the tennessee waltz or the fresh and clean royal flush. And the miso black cod lives up to expectations.
  • Devon H.
    Devon HoAugust 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    True Japanese mixology bar. Great flavors and exotic mixes. Get the Tennessee Waltz even if your'e not a Whisky drinker. The lychee drink is also an A+. Great chill date place.
  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LachsOctober 2, 2012
    Try the Cheek to Cheek if you haven't had dessert yet-- it's topped with balsamic honey, yoghurt and mascarpone foam.
  • nikhil k.
    nikhil kalghatgiOctober 26, 2011
    speakeasy that few know of in east village. good drinks, wouldn't make it the whole night though. try sake bombs nearby if she's cool :)
  • Hilda U.
    Hilda UraDecember 22, 2014
    To explore: Charlie Brown (made with peanut butter) and Cheek to Cheek (fruity, sour) are surprisingly addictive for the spirit-forward drinks imbiber.
  • M R.
    M RMay 14, 2011
    Del Sasser (bacon infused bourbon) is my go to drink. The Invitation (Yamazaki) is crisp and refreshing. Tennessee waltz is also delicious
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin ShiibaOctober 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best kept secret speakeasy in the back of a Japanese restaurant. Truly unique and delicious craft cocktails. Get the stormy weather.
  • Kristi E.
    Kristi EvansAugust 26, 2011
    The grandaddy of hidden cocktail bars. Be patient - there is usually a wait - but the fantastic specialty cocktails make it worth while.
  • Matthew F.
    Matthew FergusonFebruary 20
    I love this place so much. Get the "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" if you love bourbon.
  • Danith Y.
    Danith YongNovember 7, 2013
    Derriere une porte d'un restaurant japonais se cache un très élégant "speakeasy" bar clandestin, avec de très bons cocktails (~15$). Attention pas de reservation, et seulement par groupe de 4 max.
  • Ivette N.
    Ivette NApril 3, 2016
    Coctelería ideal para citas. Está algo escondido, se accede a través del restaurante Sharaku. Recomiendo el cóctel "Venceremos" que ganó el concurso Bacardi Legacy.
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