The Best Martinis in NYC

There are times when we can get down with a frosé slushie or a piña colada (preferably served in an over-the-top receptacle). And then there are times that call for a no-nonsense martini, served straight up. Here’s where to find the best.

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Bar Americain

We could talk about how well-balanced and refreshing the martini is at Bobby Flay’s midtown brasserie, but the real reason you’re here is the blue-cheese-stuffed olive.

152 W. 52nd St.; 212-265-9700 or

Maison Premiere

Come for the oysters and lush back garden; stay for the Old King Cole martini, made with gin, orange bitters and Castelvetrano olives and stirred tableside. (There’s also an option to add caviar, if you’re feeling fancy.)

298 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn; 347-335-0446 or

Lobby Bar At The Bowery Hotel

A martini is only as good as the atmosphere in which it’s consumed. So whether your preference is dirty or dry, it’ll taste even better from the comfort of a velvet armchair.

335 Bowery; 212-505-9100 or

Russ & Daughters Café

The beloved fish emporium has two excellent ’tinis to accompany your nova: the Breakfast Martini (punched up with lemon, jam, egg white and absinthe) and the Smoked Martini, which gets a boost from Lillet, Cocchi Americano and a Laphroaig Scotch rinse.

127 Orchard St.; 212-475-4881 or


This cozy neighborhood spot (which recently opened a second location, in Brooklyn) may be best known for its brunch, but it also happens to sling a fine twist on a dirty martini: the Dirty Jane, made with vodka and pickled green tomato.

Locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn;

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Let’s put it this way: If the revived, iconic speakeasy didn’t have an amazing martini, we’d be giving some serious side-eye. Fortunately, the martinis here are as spot-on as the old-school ambience.

86 Bedford St.;

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Carolyn Kuang-chen Stanley


From 2016-2019 Carolyn Kuang-chen Stanley held the role of Editor covering food, travel and all things nyc.
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