The Back Room
Better recognized by its nom de plume, the Lower East Side Toy Company, this tucked-away speakeasy nods its head to Prohibition with its hidden entrance, working candlestick phone and curious serving vessels, but its spacious split-level interior feels straight out of a Victorian novel. Curving settees and high-backed chairs in deep reds and lush golds are set in conversation-sized groupings, and the welcoming dark wood bar is serviced by friendly black-clad professionals. With the sparkling chandeliers, moody wall sconces and gleaming wood floors, it’s easy to slip from the outside world.
Order a martini or mixed drink and it arrives in a double-handled tea cup; a bottle of beer gets wrapped in a brown paper bag. These quirky touches don’t seem to bother the grown-up mix of Lower East Siders, who appear happy to leave the neighborhood’s hipster meat market behind. Search carefully for a nontraditional door–something straight of the board game Clue–leading to the bar’s inner sanctum.