Lobby Bar at the Ludlow Hotel

From the unstoppable Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick – three of the biggest players on the food and drink scene – this has has secured a place amongst New York's most serious drinking establishments.

Inside the formerly industrial space, they’ve worked hard to stop the cosy space feeling too much like another hotel bar, littered with deep, plush sofas and lit by chandeliers made of old saws. In addition to the dark-wood-and-leather interior, decked out with vintage radio speakers, a garden courtyard seats an extra 50 outside, with a large window peering into the restaurant’s kitchen.

Thomas Waugh, formerly of the legendary ZZ’s Clam Bar at the Greenwich Hotel, has devised a drinks menu of creative and interesting cocktails, heavy on brown spirits and with fruit liquers a theme, but there’s a strong wine and beer list if the offbeat cocktails are not your thing, focusing on French wine and Belgian beers.

Ideal For

People watching – the Lower East Side’s hipster set will be flocking here in their fashionable droves - early evening drinks or late night drinks

Favourite Table

In the courtyard or one of the sofas so plush they threaten to swallow you whole

Signature Drinks

The Grand Prix - Japanese whiskey, coconut vermouth, ras el hanout, bitters