13 East 1st Street,
If you’re bored of the same old same old, try a new joint. This is New York City afterall and new restaurants open every few hours. Besides, these guys have a good track record. What started with Dell’anima, followed by L’Artusi is quickly becoming a thriving restaurant empire. L’Apicio is their newest venture, an Italian-inspired eatery with a long, wood far, expansive and super cozy upfront lounge and plenty of dining. The decor is industrial meets living room — the perfect combination of cool and comfort — with floating black banquettes scattered around the room and sexy, low lighting. (Come spring, there will be plenty of outdoor seating in the courtyard, too!) Enough about the space, let’s talk drinks. These aren’t your average cocktails at all. Beverage director (and master sommelier) Joe Campanale has devised a creative list that includes a red wine-based Torino Sour with Rye, Lemon and Red Wine as well as a unique Apple Bourbon Smash with Bourbon, Honey and Blueberries. One of the most interesting drinks at L’Apicio is the Manhattan In The Fall made with Cinnamon Infused Rye, Carpano and here’s the clencher, Mole Bitters, which lends it a deep intensity of flavor, a hint of chocolate, cinnamon and chile.