Clandestino

Bar / Café
Clandestino Situated on the narrow end of Canal Street not swallowed up by the insanity of Chinatown, Clandestino is a charming neighborhood bar and Café that offers a cozy retreat for a creative clientele. New York United States 40.715038 -73.9922887
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Party Earth Review Situated on the narrow end of Canal Street not swallowed up by the insanity of Chinatown, Clandestino is a charming neighborhood bar and café that offers a cozy retreat for a creative clientele. Consisting of just one... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    F: East Broadway-Canal Street-Rutgers Street

  • Phone:

    212-475-5505

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Sa–Th 7pm–4am, F 6pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Clandestino Review

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Situated on the narrow end of Canal Street not swallowed up by the insanity of Chinatown, Clandestino is a charming neighborhood bar and Café that offers a cozy retreat for a creative clientele.

Situated on the narrow end of Canal Street not swallowed up by the insanity of Chinatown, Clandestino is a charming neighborhood bar and café that offers a cozy retreat for a creative clientele.

Consisting of just one room, the venue features a simple but intimate décor of warm wood-paneled walls, black-and-white photos, and a long wood bar, all bathed in the golden glow of globe lights suspended from the pressed-tin ceiling.

The welcoming, homey atmosphere draws a loyal following of laid-back artistic professionals, crunchy theater and music students from NYU, and casual young hipsters, who gather at the half-stocked bar or at the counter space along the opposite wall to chat quietly over a pint or two.

A smattering of tables in the back usually host low-key local artists or groups of students who stop in to read or savor one of the artisanal comfort foods, like dry sausage from the bar.

The epitome of mellow, Clandestino lives up to its name – a hush-hush little hideaway for those who prefer good conversation and a soundtrack of great indie, classic rock, or soft jazz to Happy Hour shenanigans.

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Tip from Jonah:

Clandestino is cool and low-key, but it’s beyond out of the way and not terribly lively. A great place to bring a date or old friend, but not one to just swing by.

  • Crowd

    Young artistic professionals, hipsters, low-key middle-aged professionals, theater and music students, and urban intellectuals, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    iTunes playlist of oldies, jazz, and low-key indie rock.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Artisanal snacks including dry sausage and pickles.

  • Prices

    Snacks $3–$7. Beer $4+, wine $8+, cocktails $6+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hipster casual: plaid, corduroy, simple dresses, sweaters, skinny jeans, sneakers, glasses, jackets, shawls.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest crowds.

  • Close By

    Just around the corner on Orchard is Sweet Paradise Lounge (14 Orchard Street), an equally small but slightly darker bar.

Clandestino User Reviews

Average rating:
Hidden Gem
Catherine R. Jun 25, 2013
I had my 30th birthday party at Clandestino and couldn't have been happier with my choice. The bartenders were delightful, the drinks -- especially the mojitos -- were excellent and reasonably priced, and the ambiance was relaxed and unpretentious. My group of about 30 people fit very nicely into the front area of the bar and even when it got busy after 10pm, the bar never felt uncomfortably packed. The crowd is great, a little older than is typical in the east village or in the heart of the LES. I HIGHLY recommend this bar.
Decent place
Chris K. Nov 14, 2012
What Clandestino has going for it is its style and selection. There's a lot of good drink to be had here, and the dry sausage/pickles move is always a solid way to provide bar snacks that won't gross out less adventurous patrons; on top of that, the wood paneling and dimmed lighting add a nice cozy feel to this relatively small place. What it has against it is a lack of originality and its name. This place feels like countless other cozy, small watering holes around the city, and its name suggests something underground and unknown, which it never fully delivers. By no means should you turn your nose up at Clandestino, but as long as you're in this hood, why not hit up Sweet Paradise.
young, artistic, and a good time
Nicole H. Oct 1, 2012
This place is great because it's popular without being pretentious. Very small cozy space that fills up on the weekends. Bartenders are really helpful and happy to let you taste before you purchase. There are lots of regulars here too, which lends to its authenticity. I'll definitely go back!
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