New York’s newest destination bar is a little underground joint on the Lower East Side — brought to you by three NYC cocktail heavyweights, officially open to the public today.
The Story: It’d be hard to think of more cocktail-credentialed New Yorkers than Nitecap’s partners. David Kaplan and Alex Day are co-owners of Death & Co., long one of the city’s premier cocktail destinations; Natasha David has time at Mayahuel, Death & Co, Maison Premiere under her belt. But Nitecap isn’t a Death & Co. lookalike — rather, the sort of bar that industry folks (and the rest of us) can go after a long night — hence the name.
The Look: With exposed brick, cozy booths and a beautiful (and well-stocked) bar, Nitecap feels like the cozy, tucked-away drinking den it is. It’s under the restaurant Schapiro’s, which means that guests can order food downstairs — or, if there’s an overflow crowd, have a meal and a quality cocktail upstairs.
The Drinks: It’s worth a trip to Nitecap just for the menu, engagingly arranged by theme and cheeky as all get out. There’s a whole section for Shorties, “a short glass of beer or wine and a slug of something fierce”; cocktails are all over the map, with a list that spans every spirit and flavor profile you can think of, some wildly creative, some a little more familiar. If you’re indeed stopping in for a nightcap, the Late Night section offers comparatively simple libations, like a classic Death in the Afternoon or a pisco, Coke & lime.
The Scene: Expect Nitecap to get more and more lively as a night goes on, into the wee hours when an industry crowd pays a visit — and everyone else realizes it’s a great spot for a last drink.
120 Rivington St.