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Map & Directions 217 E. 3rd St.
New York, NY 10009
  • Daily 6pm-4am


Village Voice's Description

One step into Elsa, and you're immediately welcomed by a warm reflection of candles glowing against walls and greeted by friendly staff that hands you decorative menus. It's a joint populated by late 20-somethings who meet with old friends or impress dates after work. It carries a speakeasy feel, and the bar is known for its house cocktails, especially the J.M. Jensins, which is a magic blend of gin, Pimm's No. 1, cucumber, lime, Velvet Falernum, and ginger ale. Besides cocktails, three beers are on tap: Six Point Crisp Lager, Ommegang Rare Vos, and Flying Dog Raging Bitch. Also find four selections of absinthe and finger foods if you get a little hungry. Most beverages are served in mason jars, accenting their vintage yet unassuming atmosphere. If you sit by the bar, be sure to admire the intricate details of a large sewing machine stationed in the middle of the counter. --Briana Cheng

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  • Time Out New York on 10/05/11

    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.

  • Village Voice on 11/04/10

    The Village Voice voted this Best ‘Mixology’ Place That You Can Actually Get Into in our Best Of New York Poll!

  • Tal S. on 08/16/11

    My favorite cocktail bar, singlehandedly responsible for my interest in mixology. Get the SM Jenkins or the Death of a Ladies Man.

  • Nina Y. on 05/13/11

    Really nice staff. Order The New Partner.

  • Benny W. on 12/27/11

    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

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