Elsa

(Now Closed)
Cocktail Bar, Lounge, and Bar$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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  • Jenny R.
    Jenny RoseApril 20, 2014
    Come w/ a party of 5 & get 3 rounds. If y'all get a different drink each round, you can taste almost everything on the menu! I've tasted 15 drinks & all but 1 (tequila old fashioned blah) were DIVINE.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiJanuary 11, 2014
    Perfect for post-dinner libations with a date. Try the Black Book if you like bourbon & jalapeño. If you're ambitious, go for the Perfume-V and you'll feel like a sophisticated female Manhattanite.
  • Amber M.
    Amber MollerFebruary 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I can't get enough of this place. My "Invitation to a Beheading" even came with a sword dripping with "blood" tonight. Amazing. Also super friendly/knowledgeable people behind the bar.
  • Sebastian M.
    Sebastian MawiraJanuary 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite cocktail spot in the east village. Get the Black Book. Go on a weekday for a table and laid back vibe. Weekends are crazy. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Haifa B.
    Haifa BarbariJanuary 25, 2013
    Tried the Black Book cocktail last night, warned up my bones. Tasty, a tad sweet and spicy too. Best cocktail I've had in a while! Worth a try.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2011
    Order the herbaceous Broken Mirror Skyscraper. A mix of absinthe, lime & muddled mint—w/ dandelion & burdock bitters—is chilled with slow-melting ice. It’s one of our #100best dishes & drinks of 2011. Read more
  • Amber M.
    Amber MollerOctober 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing spot. I loved the gin & jasmine green tea infused "Invitation to a Beheading" -- add egg whites & it's my new favorite/perfect drink!
  • Chelsea Mae H.
    Chelsea Mae HassmanJuly 11, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Best bar and bartenders in NYC. Try the New Partner if you're a whiskey drinker, and the SM Jenkins if you're a gin drinker.
  • Allison M.
    Allison M.May 30, 2012
    The Death of a Lady's Man and Broken Mirror are especially delicious choices. Come here on a weeknight when it's a bit quieter for the full ambiance.
  • Umair Z.
    Umair ZiaApril 27, 2014
    Amazing cocktails. Dear god, amazing craft cocktails. Order the drink Invitation To A Beheading... Just stupendous. Pish posh.
  • Allison E.
    Allison EspositoJune 30, 2013
    You can't go wrong with "Invitation to a Beheading" or "The Handsome Grandson" ....or the names of any of these cocktails, really.
  • Benny W.
    Benny WongDecember 28, 2011
    If you're like me, you'll like the "black book". Jalepeño + bourbon + cinnamon. I'd drop my pants for it. Beware though, it's really really spicy
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BannonDecember 6, 2010
    This place is a gem. Great drinks and not crowded at all. Perfect for bookworms - all the drinks names are literary references. Nice place for a night cap after dinner.
  • Ben K.
    Ben Kessler (@kessler)November 16, 2012
    Solid cocktails, good date spot. If you're looking for a winter warmer The Sleeping Carriage is excellent.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BremmerJanuary 15, 2012
    The only good bar in Manhattan. If the bar manager is there, order a penicillin. If not, and you can take it, try the death of a ladies man.
  • Suri R.
    Suri RJanuary 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best bar at naming their cocktails. They used to have a twist on a Mojito that was named after Rachel Maddow.
  • Atif A.
    Atif AteeqJune 27, 2012
    Nice little chill bar in the East Village. Great for a date or to meet a small group of friends
  • Tamara H.
    Tamara HOctober 7, 2012
    Dried flowers errr'where and Mrs. Meyers in the bathroom...I'm never leaving. Oh, and the drinks are good, too.
  • Angela D.
    Angela DayNovember 17, 2011
    Superb cocktails without the hassle, wait and pretentiousness there often times are at speakeasies. The bar is adorable too and perfect for the bibliophile in you.
  • Travis T.
    Travis TanJuly 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Every cocktail is amazing. Get the black book for something spicy!
  • Nikki 🌺
    Nikki 🌺February 17, 2013
    Such a cute cocktail bar! Try the Black Book (jalapeño + bourbon + honey) -- amazing!
  • Soo Y.
    Soo YooDecember 30, 2012
    chill place for drinks, especially if you like cocktails. "the really spicy one" was the popular vote at my table.
  • Jared S.
    Jared SadoianDecember 2, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Excellent place to get a solid classic drink as well as inventive new libations. Try the Sazerac for a taste of old-world drinking!
  • Anne T.
    Anne TaillandierNovember 2, 2013
    Well mixed cocktails. Relaxing vibe. Can't believe this place used to be Plant! So much history..,
  • Brian B.
    Brian BallanFebruary 23, 2013
    Everyone here seems surprised about how drunk they are. Must be the Self-Portrait or the Black Book. Chilies + booze = heaven?
  • Alexandra O.
    Alexandra OstrowJuly 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    A great little spot - try the Self-Portrait: cilantro infused tequila, habanero, agave and lemon
  • David H.
    David HuApril 18, 2014
    Death of a Ladies Man is a great rye with tobacco bitters. Love how the drink is so... Smokey 😎
  • Robert S.
    Robert StevensonAugust 11, 2013
    'The Death of the Ladies Man' or 'The Self-Portrait' are the best cocktail items. Fun place afraid the word is getting out
  • Christine Y.
    Christine Y.April 30, 2013
    This place would be the perfect date spot! Not too loud and intimate ambiance.
  • Kenan A.
    Kenan AliApril 14, 2013
    Some of the best cocktails I've had in the LES. Get the 'New Partner'
  • Zack S.
    Zack SheppardFebruary 6, 2014
    Death of a Ladies Man is an awesome cocktail! Scotchy scotchy old fashioned with tobacco bitters.
  • Will C.
    Will CrockerNovember 16, 2013
    Delicious. The self portrait and black book cocktails are amazing.
  • Brianna R.
    Brianna RycykAugust 9, 2011
    Surprisingly great wine selection! Try the Pinot Blanc, delicious and refreshing.
  • Glen M.
    Glen McPhersonAugust 17, 2012
    Try the Mercy Of A Rude Stream & The Broken Mirror - Definitely the pick of the menu!
  • Niamh H.
    Niamh HughesAugust 8, 2010
    The apiary island is delicious! Bar staff are very nice and welcoming and the decor is really beautiful - anthropologyesq!
  • Frances K.
    Frances KimJanuary 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The staff is so friendly and nice! Ask the bartender what to drink!
  • Darren
    DarrenDecember 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to kick back for a few drinks ... Bartenders are friendly and really cool
  • ºDamian W.
    ºDamian White ºAugust 25, 2013
    OK this place is super cute. Cocktails are a bit on the sweet side tho
  • Mason M.
    Mason McCoyMay 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Two French Sisters, The New Partner, Old Fashioned, Manhattan... you can't go wrong.
  • Cynthia
    CynthiaDecember 29, 2013
    Order the "invitation to a beheading" and "a spoken era". The bathrooms are okay, floor is really wet but at least it doesn't stink!
  • Katherine F.
    Katherine FisherSeptember 8, 2013
    If you like spicy whiskey drinks, order the black book.
  • Nick G.
    Nick GMarch 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Cocktails, duhhh. Go for the tequila old fashion...or something else.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ConradNovember 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Came here to celebrate my best friends birthday with balloons. They kicked us out. Because we brought balloons. What a fun place to celebrate.
  • rebecca r.
    rebecca russellSeptember 10, 2011
    Try the vino verano. Mint lemonade topped with red wine. Yum!
  • Joe I.
    Joe IppolitoDecember 21, 2012
    Highly recommended for those who like spice/heat: The Black Book.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 4, 2010
    The Village Voice voted this Best ‘Mixology’ Place That You Can Actually Get Into in our Best Of New York Poll!
  • Pooja D.
    Pooja DhargalkarJuly 8, 2012
    Best drinks in the house: Two French Sisters and Picnic at Hanging Rock II
  • c0uP
    c0uPMarch 24, 2012
    The Old Fashioned with Ron Zacapa 23 they make here is prettttty, pretty good!
  • Casey B.
    Casey BMay 14, 2011
    the black book is a must try- one of my favorite cocktails!
  • Danny B.
    Danny BristollFebruary 7, 2014
    Great cocktails, a little pricy, kinda loud.
  • eric m.
    eric mortensenMarch 9, 2013
    Passable cocktails. Slowish service. Reasonable prices.
  • Joyce N.
    Joyce NadigMarch 31, 2013
    SAZERAC! But more than that! Great music ! Great space!
  • Virginia M.
    Virginia MurdochAugust 15, 2013
    Lovely cocktails, nice dim sexy booths.
  • Kim W.
    Kim WarnerMay 30, 2013
    Cosy tables and perfect Manhattan.
  • Robert M.
    Robert MooreJuly 30, 2012
    Order the S.M. Jenkins - amazingly refreshing.
  • Jeremy L.
    Jeremy Le VanOctober 20, 2011
    Named after 20th-century Elsa Schiaparelli, Italian fashion designer.
  • Vidhya I.
    Vidhya IyerFebruary 24, 2013
    The Black Book is great if you want something a little spicy.
  • Kristina B.
    Kristina BencakSeptember 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Peacock Motel & Invitation to a Beheading. You're welcome.
  • Lindsay
    LindsayJanuary 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The design aesthetic in here is just incredible. I'd like to curl-up and live here.
  • Jenn B.
    Jenn BrownJuly 3, 2011
    The Vino Verano is awesome! Very refreshing for a hot summer day!
  • Tal S.
    Tal SafranAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite cocktail bar, singlehandedly responsible for my interest in mixology. Get the SM Jenkins or the Death of a Ladies Man.
  • Casey B.
    Casey BNovember 10, 2011
    order the black book. you won't regret it.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikAugust 13, 2014
    The vibe at Elsa feels like a restaurant if that restaurant just happened to only serve drinks.
  • Dominic E.
    Dominic EspinosaApril 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sunset City aka The Jaszek (of Kevin Jaszek origin) is a must have.
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LJuly 29, 2011
    Don't listen to James. The dark and stormy is where it's at.
  • Charlie
    CharlieAugust 25, 2012
    Great cocktails!! It's pretty loud in here though.
  • Dan T.
    Dan TeranAugust 17, 2011
    Ask for a manhattan served perfect...you won't be disappointed
  • J W.
    J WAugust 17, 2011
    Order the Old Fashioned, it's perfect!
  • Drew C.
    Drew ChristienApril 30, 2011
    Try the sauna in the back, but bring your own towel.
  • Karen L.
    Karen LeMarch 20, 2012
    Mercy of a Rude stream... Just try it absolutely delicious.
  • Rix
    RixNovember 16, 2012
    this place is decorated like a ladies restroom... nice drinks though!
  • Sam H.
    Sam HNovember 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Hands down, the best cocktails in the city.
  • Houman P.
    Houman PourmandNovember 28, 2013
    If you're a handsome grandson, order one.
  • Cheryl J.
    Cheryl JohnsonJanuary 30, 2011
    Sunday nights are especially awesome around here.
  • Zeb D.
    Zeb DropkinOctober 3, 2011
    Pretty great mixology and atmosphere Read more
  • Allison B.
    Allison BaylesDecember 4, 2013
    Best Hot Toddy's in the neighborhood.
  • Christina R.
    Christina RApril 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Death of a Ladies Man = crazy delicious
  • Alissa W.
    Alissa WinberryApril 20, 2013
    Self-portrait. That's spicy goodness in a glass.
  • Nina Y.
    Nina YiamsamathaMay 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Really nice staff. Order The New Partner.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MalthusApril 7, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Perfect is in every way
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChenApril 9, 2013
    Great date night spot
  • iidioteque
    iidiotequeOctober 17, 2012
    Really weird ingredients in cocktails.
  • Lucy Z.
    Lucy ZhangSeptember 23, 2011
    Black Book is the best drink I've ever had.
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SavageDecember 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Smells like meyer's clean day in the br. All the time. It's kinda a good thing.
  • Meagan K.
    Meagan KirkpatrickApril 3, 2013
    Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder.
  • Eileen C.
    Eileen ChanMay 18, 2014
    Cocktails are delicious
  • Frances K.
    Frances KimMay 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    St. Catherine's academy --- Refreshing!
  • miles l.
    miles lennonApril 27, 2013
    The Black Book. Nuff said
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LitvakJanuary 19, 2014
    Not sure what all the fuss is about. Quality not bad, but the drinks felt all watered down...
  • Nick B.
    Nick BurtoJanuary 12, 2012
    Get dinner at Il Bagatto or Supper before.
  • Noah @Noah_Xifr X.
    Noah @Noah_Xifr XifrOctober 27, 2013
    This spot is overcrowded loud and overrated mixology.
  • Daniele C.
    Daniele CodegaFebruary 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This place WAS great 😢
  • Robyn M.
    Robyn MatzaSeptember 24, 2011
    Get the Broken Mirror - it's absinthe based
  • Alexis T.
    Alexis TiradoJanuary 5, 2012
    Elsa rules. End of story.
  • Adrian C.
    Adrian CaridiJune 26, 2013
    Loooove the Black Book
  • Simone H.
    Simone HossackJanuary 23, 2014
    A handsome grandson...yes please
  • My Damn Channel
    My Damn ChannelAugust 24, 2011
    OH MAN. This place is so pretty that my ovaries are exploding!
  • Jaclyn
    JaclynNovember 25, 2010
    the passenger tastes like a fancy egg nog. sooooo goood!
  • Nora R.
    Nora RegisMarch 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Death of a Lady's Man is the best cocktail I've ever tasted.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MoirJuly 9, 2011
    Awesome cocktails!!
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