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Cocktail Bar, Lounge, and Bar · Alphabet City
217 E 3rd St (btwn Aves. B & C), New York, NY 10009, United States
$ $ $ $
Beer, Wine
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Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
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    Amber M.
    "... "Invitation to a Beheading" -- add egg whites & it's my new..."(8 Tips)
    Zack S.
    "Death of a Ladies Man is an awesome cocktail!"(6 Tips)
    Allison E.
    "... can't go wrong with "Invitation to a Beheading" or "The Handsome Grandson"..."(7 Tips)
    J W.
    "Order the Old Fashioned, it's perfect!"(9 Tips)
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  • Daniele C.

    This place WAS great 😢

    Daniele Codega · February 17
  • Dave H.

    Classy as shit. Last I checked, they were supposed to be moving to a new location...

    Dave Hong · September 14, 2014
  • Rebecca W.

    RIP sweet Elsa

    Rebecca Weinstein · August 18, 2014
  • Sandra R.

    The vibe at Elsa feels like a restaurant if that restaurant just happened to only serve drinks.

    Sandra Rubinchik · August 13, 2014
  • Eileen C.

    Cocktails are delicious

    Eileen Chan · May 18, 2014
  • Umair Z.

    Amazing cocktails. Dear god, amazing craft cocktails. Order the drink Invitation To A Beheading... Just stupendous. Pish posh.

    Umair Zia · April 27, 2014
  • Jenny R.

    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.

    Jenny Rose · April 20, 2014
  • David H.

    Death of a Ladies Man is a great rye with tobacco bitters. Love how the drink is so... Smokey 😎

    David Hu · April 18, 2014
  • Christina R.

    Death of a Ladies Man = crazy delicious

    Christina R · April 3, 2014
  • K

    Bad. They gave me very very strange look there, so I had to leave.

    K · February 26, 2014
  • Amber M.

    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.

    Amber Moller · February 10, 2014
  • Danny B.

    Great cocktails, a little pricy, kinda loud.

    Danny Bristoll · February 7, 2014
  • Zack S.

    Death of a Ladies Man is an awesome cocktail! Scotchy scotchy old fashioned with tobacco bitters.

    Zack Sheppard · February 6, 2014
  • Simone H.

    A handsome grandson...yes please

    Simone Hossack · January 23, 2014
  • Andrew L.

    Not sure what all the fuss is about. Quality not bad, but the drinks felt all watered down...

    Andrew Litvak · January 19, 2014
  • Andrew C.

    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.

    Andrew Choi · January 11, 2014
  • Cynthia

    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!

    Cynthia · December 29, 2013
  • Jeff S.

    Smells like meyer's clean day in the br. All the time. It's kinda a good thing.

    Jeff Savage · December 15, 2013
  • Allison B.

    Best Hot Toddy's in the neighborhood.

    Allison Bayles · December 4, 2013
  • Houman P.

    If you're a handsome grandson, order one.

    Houman Pourmand · November 28, 2013
  • Will C.

    Delicious. The self portrait and black book cocktails are amazing.

    Will Crocker · November 16, 2013
  • Anne T.

    Well mixed cocktails. Relaxing vibe. Can't believe this place used to be Plant! So much history..,

    Anne Taillandier · November 2, 2013
  • Amber M.

    Amazing spot. I loved the gin & jasmine green tea infused "Invitation to a Beheading" -- add egg whites & it's my new favorite/perfect drink!

    Amber Moller · October 27, 2013
  • Noah @Noah_Xifr X.

    This spot is overcrowded loud and overrated mixology.

    Noah @Noah_Xifr Xifr · October 27, 2013
  • Katherine F.

    If you like spicy whiskey drinks, order the black book.

    Katherine Fisher · September 8, 2013
  • ºDamian W.

    OK this place is super cute. Cocktails are a bit on the sweet side tho

    ºDamian White º · August 25, 2013
  • Virginia M.

    Lovely cocktails, nice dim sexy booths.

    Virginia Murdoch · August 15, 2013
  • Alejandra B.

    Lovely date spot.

    Alejandra Barciela · August 11, 2013
  • Robert S.

    'The Death of the Ladies Man' or 'The Self-Portrait' are the best cocktail items. Fun place afraid the word is getting out

    Robert Stevenson · August 11, 2013
  • Travis T.

    Every cocktail is amazing. Get the black book for something spicy!

    Travis Tan · July 3, 2013
  • Allison E.

    You can't go wrong with "Invitation to a Beheading" or "The Handsome Grandson" ....or the names of any of these cocktails, really.

    Allison Esposito · June 30, 2013
  • Adrian C.

    Loooove the Black Book

    Adrian Caridi · June 26, 2013
  • Kim W.

    Cosy tables and perfect Manhattan.

    Kim Warner · May 30, 2013
  • Christine Y.

    This place would be the perfect date spot! Not too loud and intimate ambiance.

    Christine Y. · April 30, 2013
  • miles l.

    The Black Book. Nuff said

    miles lennon · April 27, 2013
  • Alissa W.

    Self-portrait. That's spicy goodness in a glass.

    Alissa Winberry · April 20, 2013
  • Kenan A.

    Some of the best cocktails I've had in the LES. Get the 'New Partner'

    Kenan Ali · April 14, 2013
  • Jessica C.

    Great date night spot

    Jessica Chen · April 9, 2013
  • Ben M.

    Perfect is in every way

    Ben Malthus · April 7, 2013
  • Meagan K.

    Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder.

    Meagan Kirkpatrick · April 3, 2013
  • Joyce N.

    SAZERAC! But more than that! Great music ! Great space!

    Joyce Nadig · March 31, 2013
  • Caity T.

    Da da da damn.

    Caity Tully · March 27, 2013
  • Charlotte H.

    Death to a something is good

    Charlotte Haigh · March 15, 2013
  • eric m.

    Passable cocktails. Slowish service. Reasonable prices.

    eric mortensen · March 9, 2013
  • Vidhya I.

    The Black Book is great if you want something a little spicy.

    Vidhya Iyer · February 24, 2013
  • Brian B.

    Everyone here seems surprised about how drunk they are. Must be the Self-Portrait or the Black Book. Chilies + booze = heaven?

    Brian Ballan · February 23, 2013
  • Nikki 🌺

    Such a cute cocktail bar! Try the Black Book (jalapeño + bourbon + honey) -- amazing!

    Nikki 🌺 · February 17, 2013
  • Haifa B.

    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.

    Haifa Barbari · January 25, 2013
  • Suri R.

    Best bar at naming their cocktails. They used to have a twist on a Mojito that was named after Rachel Maddow.

    Suri R · January 17, 2013
  • Soo Y.

    chill place for drinks, especially if you like cocktails. "the really spicy one" was the popular vote at my table.

    Soo Yoo · December 30, 2012

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