Shaken, not stirred. Or perhaps with a splash of kale. Check out our top five martini picks in NYC, from old school to newfangled.
1 Provençale | Employees Only
EO's variation on the classic was born out of frustration over frequent mislabeling of impostors parading as martinis. This one calls for gin and vermouth, as the original does, but with an aromatic makeover. Lavender-infused gin and vermouth with a note of herbes de Provence marry in this intriguing yet delightful libation, born to be enjoyed with a plateau of oysters on the half shell.
510 Hudson Street between Christopher and West 10th Streets
2 Rose and Lychee Martini | Rose Bar
When an establishment boasts an entire menu dedicated to martinis, that means serious business. Rose Bar's martini roster makes it nearly impossible to choose just one, so we've done the dirty work (pun intended). This sassy take on the classic is made up of a Hendrick's gin base, and then things get interesting. Factor in rose-infused syrup, fresh lemon juice, and a dash of Angostura bitters served straight up...this one's a recipe for success.
2 Lexington Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets
3 Kale Martini | Chalk Point Kitchen
Step one: detox. Step two: retox. Chalk Point Kitchen's trendtastic martini makes for dangerously easy drinking and an imminent addiction. This bad boy combines celery, lime, lemon, cucumber, and kale juices all pressed in-house with ginger beer and apple vodka for seriously healthy sippage.
527 Broome Street between Thompson and Sullivan Streets
4 Vesper Martini | Bemelmans Bar (Carlyle Hotel)
This straight up classic will transport its sipper decades back in time. The Vesper Martini pays homage to its namesake (that's right, the very Vesper from Casino Royale) and we know how to make it. Combine three measures of Gordon's Gin with one measure of vodka and half a measure of Lillet Blanc, then shake away until ice cold and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
35 East 76th Street at Madison Avenue
5 English Heat | NoMad
We're not sure what's so English about this one, but it definitely brings the heat. Dry gin, Chambéry dry vermouth, Tuaca, Jalapeño infused agave, and lemon combine for a heavenly-meets-hellish sipping experience. Its tame counterpart, Needle and Thread, errs on the herbal side with a dry gin base accented by salers, absinthe, Chambéry Blanc vermouth, Acqua di Cedro, and a dash of orange bitters. Cheers to that.
10 West 28th Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue