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Best martinis in the West Village

jackieparis Jun 19, 2008 07:09 AM

We're going to be hanging out in the WV tomorrow night. Do you know anywhere where we can get some really great martinis? We'd love to grab a bite to eat at the same place. Thank you.

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  1. JungMann RE: jackieparis Jun 19, 2008 08:25 AM

    Try Employees Only. Great food and the martinis are equally precise. Nothing like a dirty martini and terrific steak tartare.

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      jackieparis RE: JungMann Jun 19, 2008 12:11 PM

      I thought Employees Only closed or was closing. Is that true?

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        Lucia RE: jackieparis Jun 19, 2008 12:17 PM

        No, I've never heard that. I think it closed recently due to the W Village flooding, but it was a short closing and is open now.

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          JungMann RE: jackieparis Jun 19, 2008 12:44 PM

          You may have heard that they were opening up another bar, which is true. But there is no intention of closing down EO anytime soon.

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        RussianGirl RE: jackieparis Jun 19, 2008 09:13 AM

        Absolutely 4th. Nice, comfy, loungy place. And half price during happy hour.

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          dg5411 RE: RussianGirl Jun 19, 2008 09:37 AM

          I think Absolutely 4th is closed -- http://nymag.com/listings/bar/absolut...

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            JungMann RE: RussianGirl Jun 19, 2008 09:43 AM

            They closed a while ago. I think it's now a game store.

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            Lucia RE: jackieparis Jun 19, 2008 11:36 AM

            No food, but I like Little Branch.

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              cimui RE: jackieparis Jun 19, 2008 08:19 PM

              It's gotten to be a bit crowded, pretentious and generally dreadful, but Pegu still makes one of the best, classically mixed martinis in town, with pretty decent bar nibbles to boot.

              If you go a little bit further east, where W. 3rd becomes Great Jones, and want a more low key scene, Five Points makes good, interesting flavored martinis (very herbal, generally) and has a full dinner menu. There's nothing too crazy, there, foodwise, but everything is solid.

              I think Employee's Only is a good suggestion, as well.

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                JungMann RE: cimui Jun 20, 2008 07:38 AM

                I'll have to try Five Points because I just don't like Pegu. If I'm paying $13 for a drink, I'd like it to consist of more than 4 sips of gin! They totally put the "tini" in mar-tini (ooh, bad morning pun!). That's why EO is one of my favorite places in the city. Not only are the drinks well-made, they come in normal-to-large glassware.

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                  cimui RE: JungMann Jun 20, 2008 01:01 PM

                  >>they totally put the "tini" in mar-tini (ooh, bad morning pun!).

                  *grin* That was pretty good, actually.

                  I didn't realize the glasses were much smaller than at other places! Maybe they recognize that I'm a lush and give me the regular sized ones.

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