433 East 6th St. New York, NY (First Ave & Avenue A)
In 1919 the Volstead Act brought a swift end to American nightlife. Named for the Prohibition-era belief that to drink is to live a life shadowed by death, Death & Company exudes an ambience that calls to mind speakeasy days of yore when cocktails were considered an art form. Hidden behind a inconspicuous wooden door, the dimly-lit lounge pays homage – re-invents even – pre-prohibition cocktail. Carefully crafted by some of the city’s top mixologists, we tip our fedoras to such lore-filled liquids as the Dick and Jane, Last Train to Oaxaca, Racketeer’s Julep and Black Magic. And we all know that merriment follows both drinking and eating, so order up a few small plates like the pulled pork sliders, seared lamb chops and crispy pork belly. You’ll soon be singing the praises of 1933, the year Volstead was repealed.