Party Earth Review From its Rat Pack-referencing name to the half-drawn Venetian blinds in its storefront window, The Summit Bar is a stylish cocktail den conceived by Hamid Rashidzada and mixologist Greg Seider. An impressive selection... ... read full review
133 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009
6: Astor Place-4th Avenue; L: 1st Avenue-14th Street
Su–M 5:30pm–3am, Tu–Sa 5:30pm–4am
East Village, New York –
From its Rat Pack-referencing name to the half-drawn Venetian blinds in its storefront window, The Summit Bar is a stylish cocktail den conceived by Hamid Rashidzada and mixologist Greg Seider.
An impressive selection of organic cocktails, including gimlets with agave, as well as artisanal appetizers draws packs of drink enthusiasts and gourmands to the granite bar, while the chic décor and laid-back ambiance attract a steady crowd of affluent hipsters, downtown artists, and flirty finance types looking to meet and mingle.
Streetlight streaming through the slats of the blinds in the front lounge adds a touch of film noir to the atmosphere, perfect for the couples and singles hobnobbing on the blue velvet sofas, while chandeliers provide an intimate glow for the groups and roaming birthday parties in the back lounge.
Those who prefer to nibble charcuterie and chat under the stars will find a comfy, year-round heated outdoor patio with more plush sofas and candlelit tables.
Small and cozy, the bar limits its capacity to seventy, but that limit is about space rather than who has the biggest wallet, and turned-away patrons can rest assured that they’ll receive a text message as soon as space opens up for them.
And although the bright and beautiful may be sipping gazpacho margaritas and cardamom agave whiskey sours, the unpretentious attitude means no one is flashing their Black Amex or fighting over bottle service – just more proof that The Summit Bar is all about old-school class.
Well-dressed professionals, foodies, cocktail enthusiasts, finance types, wealthy hipsters, and birthday parties, 20s to 40s.
iPod playlists featuring classic rock, hip-hop, and pop.
Innovative appetizers including artisanal cheeses, local charcuterie, and marinated artichokes.
Small plates $5. Beer $6+, wine $8+, cocktails $9–$12+, mixed drinks $9+, shots $9+.
Nice casual: designer jeans, dresses, and heels for women, and casual tailored looks, suits, or button-downs and slacks for men.
Any night except Saturdays, when an outer-borough crowd takes over.
Kafana (116 Avenue C) is a Serbian spot featuring some of the best meat dishes in town, perfect for a pre-drinks meal.