Angel's Share

20s / 30s / 40s / Ambient / Asian Food / Bar / Button-downs / Classic Rock / Cocktail Dress / Cocktail Lovers / Cocktails / Couples / Expensive / Japanese Food / Laid back / Mixology / Sake / Seafood / Slacks / Sophisticated / Specialty Cocktails / Sushi / Well-heeled / Young Professionals
Angel's Share A Japanese-inspired hideaway with an almost Victorian sense of propriety, Angel's Share is a unique sanctuary where calm conversation and a true respect for artisanal cocktails draw a sophisticated clientele. New York United States 40.729872 -73.9893481
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Party Earth Review A Japanese-inspired hideaway with an almost Victorian sense of propriety, Angel’s Share is a unique sanctuary where calm conversation and a true respect for artisanal cocktails draw a sophisticated clientele. Patrons who... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    6: Astor Place-4th Avenue; N, R: 8th Street-New York University-Broadway

  • Phone:

    212-777-5415

  • Hours:

    Daily 6pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Angel's Share Review

The Scene

A Japanese-inspired hideaway with an almost Victorian sense of propriety, Angel's Share is a unique sanctuary where calm conversation and a true respect for artisanal cocktails draw a sophisticated clientele.

A Japanese-inspired hideaway with an almost Victorian sense of propriety, Angel’s Share is a unique sanctuary where calm conversation and a true respect for artisanal cocktails draw a sophisticated clientele.

Patrons who manage to ferret out the unmarked entrance through the Village Yokocho Japanese restaurant will find a small but elegant space whose list of Eastern etiquette mandates is almost as long as their renowned cocktail menu, and includes such rules as no groups over four people, no standing, no talking loudly, and no cell phones – and those who don’t follow the rules risk being scolded by the staff.

For the discreet friends and lovers who gather at this intimate lounge, however, the result is a serene and secluded atmosphere perfect for civilized conversation or whispered sweet nothings.

Well-heeled patrons out for a night with a friend or two tend to gather at the solid oak bar to chat quietly or contemplate the cherubs in the Renaissance-style fresco above the top-shelf liquor, while stylish couples prefer to cozy up at the cocktail tables by the windows, which offer a greater sense of privacy and views of leafy Stuyvesant Street.

Popular with the sophisticated sipping set, the once secret locale now often has a forty-five minute wait on the weekends – patience, perhaps, being the first rule Angel’s Share expects its patrons to follow.

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Tip from Adriana:

The place is treated like a library, so be careful after having a few drinks. They’ve been known to kick people out for slurring and raising their voices – and it would be a shame to ruin that Saturday night date.

  • Crowd

    Sophisticated young professionals, small groups, cocktail enthusiasts, and couples on dates, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient music ranging from classical to indie rock.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Asian-inspired menu features sashimi, dim sum, and Japanese sausage.

  • Prices

    Menu $7–$16. Beer $7+, wine $9+, cocktails $13+, mixed drinks $10+, shots $10+, sake $7–$20.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Cocktail dresses for women, button-downs and slacks for men.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Mid-week for grabbing a drink with no hassles or lines, or Fridays and Saturdays for a packed scene, though the wait can be upwards of forty-five minutes.

  • Close By

    Pegu Club (77 West Houston St) is a larger Eastern artisanal cocktail joint with a more boisterous vibe.

Angel's Share User Reviews

Average rating:
Japanese Cool
Mark S. Dec 12, 2012
An unmarked, non-descript door in the side of an upstairs restaurant (which is actually pretty good by itself, cheap and delicious) leads you into this tiny speakeasy. Everything about it screams Classy and Cool. It has an extensive list of delicious drinks, and the food is pretty good too. The waitresses and barstaff are all Japanese, although you can't tell this influence much otherwise (perhaps slightly on the menu). The only downside is that its small and difficult to get a table sometimes, but otherwise its very worth it. Oh and some side trivia: Angel's Share is the term given to the alcohol that evaporates during the aging process, thus this portion was for the Angels.
Love!
Risa C. Nov 26, 2012
If there's one thing I love it's Japanese pub food - so when my friend brought me up here I was initially sorely disappointed that we would be eating at the izakaya. Once we got inside however, I absolutely loved Angel's Share! It kind of reminded me of something out of a Murakami novel with the jazz music playing the background and the sharply dressed Japanese men shaking cocktails. Sorry, shaking delicious cocktails. I've been back here half a dozen times and have yet to try anything I didn't like - and even my no frills drinks friends were impressed with their scotch-whiskey selections. And to also ease my disappointment some small plates are available in the bar which is always a win in my book.
Speakeasy
Alicia B. Nov 3, 2012
This is a very small, very dark, very quiet, tucked away space, almost as if you're there to pay your respects. I almost took out the table next to us trying to squeeze into my seat (awkard), but otherwise the night was really excellent. I could *gasp* hear the person sitting across from me. I ordered two cocktails. My first drinks, I tried to get a little too adventurous and ordered this bacon-bourbon concoction that I did not enjoy. It had way too much going on. Be careful with your selection-- they have a tendency to overdo it on some of the cocktails. But my second drink was more familiar and disappeared real quick. They take their drinking experience very seriously here, from the mixology to the decorum they expect from their patrons, which ends up making for a really nice, sophisticated night out.
It's like walking into a scene in a Quentin Tarantino movie...well, not really but pretty darn close.
Michelle H. Sep 8, 2012
Angel's Share is a place that is so discrete there are no signs anywhere that will tell you where to go. To get there, you have to walk up these narrow steps as if you are going to a 2nd level restaurant but as soon as you get to the top, you pretend the restaurant doesn't exist and there is no one around you. There you face another door, you would walk through the second door then it's like bam!, you are in a different time period. Well dressed Japanese male bartenders with their white dress shirts and black vests at your service to make whatever drink you want. Is it just me or is it hot in here? Please don't insult them by ordering your usual rum & coke or cosmos because you see, they are art-tists and don't make that there. What they have are some amazing concoctions of drinks you can't imagine.
love this place!
Lauren A. Sep 2, 2012
Angel's Share is definitely a hidden gem in NYC. Once you enter Village Yokocho take a left at the top of the steps and enter the side door. It's a perfect date spot. Keep in mind if you're planning on going with a group, the max is four people. They're not into loud talkers, don't allow people to stand and provide a couple of seats in the front for those waiting to be seated in the bar area or side room. If you're not lucky enough to get a seat, you're definitely not standing so you'll probably have to come back. A large mural of angels hangs above the dimly lit bar area - most of the light comes from behind the many showcased bottles of exotic liquor. The bartenders use old fashioned mixologist tools, serve certain drinks in copper mugs, wear semi-formal attire and take pride in making delicious drinks. There are two separate drink menus and a small food menu - basically small plates to share like sashimi, nut mixes or chocolate bon bons. Drink names are listed with descriptive details/stories - Stormy Weather, Cousin Mary, Mack The Knife, Watermelon Man and Dark Eyes (made with pumpkin, they only offer a number per night-try it, it's amazing) are just a few on the extensive list. I'd say the specialty drinks were about 15 dollars. If you're interested in the drink making process try to get a seat at the bar, it's something to see.The bartenders aim to please which makes the experience that more rich.
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