Death & Co.

Bar / Lounge / Restaurant
Death & Co. Although its first-come first-served door policy is deadly serious, Death & Co.'s mix of cocktail den class and warm personality makes this sleek lounge far more welcoming than its name suggests. New York United States 40.725979 -73.984625
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Death & Co. - Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in New York.
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Party Earth Review Although its first-come first-served door policy is deadly serious, Death & Co.’s mix of cocktail den class and warm personality makes this sleek lounge far more welcoming than its name suggests. A chic clientele of suited... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    6: Astor Place-4th Avenue; L: 1st Avenue-14th Street; F: Lower East Side-2nd Avenue-Houston Street

  • Phone:

    212-388-0882

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  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 6pm–1am, F–Sa 6pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Death & Co. Review

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Although its first-come first-served door policy is deadly serious, Death & Co.'s mix of cocktail den class and warm personality makes this sleek lounge far more welcoming than its name suggests.

Although its first-come first-served door policy is deadly serious, Death & Co.’s mix of cocktail den class and warm personality makes this sleek lounge far more welcoming than its name suggests.

A chic clientele of suited financiers and fashionable model types are ushered through large wooden doors and black drapes into a small but elegant single room featuring a low wood-slat ceiling, a smattering of tables, and a marble bar, all bathed in the glow of a few tasteful chandeliers.

The venue’s single nod to speakeasy culture is the section of wall depicting man’s ruin via a toboggan careening toward gambling and alcohol, which makes for a great conversation piece for the edgy artists and young professionals gathered in the black leather booths.

While an extensive wine list and menu of small savory dishes pacifies the more impatient patrons, those who don’t mind waiting while their drinks are stirred fifty times will want to try one of the creative cocktails, like the Double Barrel Juleps, carefully mixed to emphasize the natural flavors of the bar’s top-shelf booze.

A quirky no-standing rule leaves the intimate space with a waiting list on most nights, but parties need only leave a cell phone number and they’ll be called when a group frees up a table.

Although the high-end prices might betray its speakeasy atmosphere, Death & Co.’s unique cocktails, delicious dishes, and languid mood make it the perfect place to celebrate life’s simple pleasures with a few close friends.

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Tip from Jonah:

If you couldn’t get in but still want to sample some of the awesome cocktails, just go to the website. There’s a section called Cocktails at Home that offers lessons, tips, and recipes for recreating the drinks on your own.

  • Crowd

    Mostly young professionals and artists, with some Wall Streeters and older business people, mid-20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient jazz and blues.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Small plates menu includes pulled pork sliders and lamb quesadillas. Extensive menu of specialty cocktails featuring gin, rum, tequila, and whiskey. Tables assigned on a first-come first-served basis.

  • Prices

    Small plates $8–$18. Beer $6–$9, wine $10–$14/glass or $40+/bottle, cocktails $13–$15, punch $42/bowl (4–6 servings).

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Elegant casual: black slacks, dresses, button-downs. Jeans are allowed but rare.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any evening for drinks and appetizers, though Fridays and Saturdays are busiest and thus more difficult to get in. Sundays for a smaller crowd and a more personal experience.

  • Close By

    For equally crafty cocktails by the same owner, Bourgeois Pig (111 East 7th Street) is just around the corner.

Death & Co. User Reviews

Average rating:
Amazing
Skye L T. Apr 14, 2013
Best food ever. Truffle Mac & Cheese is a go. Come here for an afterwork drink on an off night and you will not be dissapointed. I met my cousin there one night for drinks doing just that, on a Tuesday I believe it was around 6. We got seated directly at the bar where the friendly and extremely knowledgeable bartender proceeded to make us drinks to die for based on what we like. Coming up with new concoctions left and right, we had tooo much fun for a Tuesday night for sure (ladies dont wear heels the bathroom has a long flight of stairs going down... (trust me I learned the hard way)! With a name like Death and Co, the ever so creepy vibe is a plus! Be sure to check this place out if you're ever my childhood neighborhood!
Death Makes Great Company
Allison C. Mar 13, 2013
Death & Co is the bar that everyone's heard of, because it is also the bar that everyone name-drops. Once you make your way past the thick, somewhat hidden doors (once you've waited an average of 1.5-3 hours on a typical Saturday night), you make your way to your seat and take it all in. First, you do a casual look-around to see if you notice anyone, then open your menu, which is page after page of specialty cocktails made by head bartender, Jessica Gonzalez. The food menu is captivating and delicious. The crowd ranges from local hipsters to Upper West Side frat boys trying to looks cool. Almost everyone seems to be on a date. Needless to say, it is worth the wait. If not for the drinks, for the bragging rights.
classy, romantic bar
Jami L. Jan 3, 2013
Great venue - very exclusive and worth the wait. Suspenseful and intriguing when waiting to be let inside a bar hidden behind a wood wall on a city street. Good service - bouncers and staff are friendly. Inside has a chic atmosphere - intimate setting with dim lighting, candles, and chandeliers. Perfect for a second or third date - inside is small but it is much better than being overcrowded. Tables are spaced out, and you can actually hear your date speaking during the night . Delicious drinks and late-night food (truffle macaroni is a MUST). Definitely one of my favorite bars in NYC if you are seeking a unique, romantic venue for a date.
One of my favorite speakeasys
Risa C. Nov 26, 2012
I've been here a bunch of times, and its a standard on my once every few months east village speakeasy crawl. The cocktails are really good and they have a good variety for each kind of liquor. I usually make this my mid-crawl stop since they have a few drinks dedicated to "rejuvenation" which is definitely what I need after 4 previous bars of mezcal induced tipsyness. The food is also really good, and my friend who's my designated french fry connoisseur swears by their truffle fries. Also since you pretty much have to be at a table or sitting at the bar it's a really good date spot to relax and have a conversation at a non-bar yelling volume.
Great intimate spot
Mark S. Nov 20, 2012
Right off the bat be warned you will spend 10-15 per drink (that used to sound ridiculous to me before I got into drinking alcohol that actually tastes good as opposed to trying to hold down 151 because i thought alcohol was pain). I have been a few times, its a great place to bring a date, as it is dark and not too loud and never crowded (this is because they don't allow too many people in at once, so if you go at peak time expect to wait or not go in at all). Bottom line, excellent drinks, great service in a great atmosphere. The food ain't half bad either.
Dark & Deadly
Jaclyn W. Nov 3, 2012
Love this place. The door is super tight, but not if you go on an obscure night like a Monday. I wouldn't call it a speakeasy per say because it's not exactly hidden, but it's definitely really dark inside. The drinks are extremely strong. If you're with a date, you can easily have two each and be in that comfortable, happy place. Only downside is the service. It takes forever to get a drink and the waitress, at least ours, wasn't very knowdlegable about the menu. Cool concept though and one of those, "I need to check off my list," places.
Speakeasy...?
Alicia B. Nov 3, 2012
This place was super hyped-up to me and one of the first "speakeasies" I tried out after moving to Manhattan. I heard that the door is really tight, so me and my friend showed up right when it opens and there was no wait whatsoever. For someone looking for a little thrill with their bar-going experience, though, it's definitely more fun to go at night, dressed up and confused about which door leads to this supposedly amazing hidden space. Spoiler: It's not *that* amazing. In fact, it's too open and impersonal. One of the biggest draws for me was the menu, which I now realize is the standard kicked-up speakeasy fare. My tuna tartar wasn't great, but my Rum Swizzle was pretty good. The thing about this place is that there are more clandestine speakeasies with fancier hoops to jump through to find it, more work to finally get let in, with bartenders offering cocktails tailored to your tastes, so that at the end of service you feel like the hiked-up prices were justified by the experience. Part of the allure is the sense of exclusivity and superior cocktail knowledge. I didn't get a big whiff of either of those, though it wasn't bad by any means. It just didn't totally deliver on its promise.
Bad Experience
Chelsea D. Oct 3, 2012
I almost walked right by this place when I went to meet some friends - two wood doors, no windows & a doorman standing in front. Once I realized, we got in right away without any wait. The doorman was great, but everything after that was really downhill. Our waitress was cold and hardly paid any attention to us... we had to flag her down serval times. It took forever to get anything, which I wouldn't have mided if our waitress was at least nice about it. We felt so ignored that we asked to speak with a manager who basically laughed in our faces and didn't offer any resolution to the problem. The food and drinks were good but the service was awful. However, I have had friends who loved it there, so maybe it was just a bad night.
Strong drinks, solid small group option
Jeff M. Sep 16, 2012
Great spot downtown for some strong pre-dinner cocktails, perfect for small groups, better to go during the week when there is not a huge wait, food is good, drinks are the highlight.
Intimate Setting
Lauren A. Aug 8, 2012
Certainly heaven for the cocktail lover (and the food is quite interesting as well). Definitely worth checking out this cozy, dimly lit bar - if you can get past the cryptic door handle and don't mind waiting for your drinks to be prepared. Great date night or small group outing spot.
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