For vodka enthusiasts traveling to the Big Apple, there are quite a few top bars for straight and infused vodka drinks. Here are some to consider:
In true speakeasy fashion, Apotheke will only be found by those determined to find it. Tucked away behind an old “Chemist’s” sign on a narrow, winding street, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a comparable establishment in Chinatown. Hundred of antique medicine bottles fill the back bar, and drinks are served by mad scientists in lab coats. The “Prescription List” offers a number of experimental “medicinal” drinks, many of which use vodka.
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Russian Samovar is an upscale restaurant and vodka bar with live piano music and an impressive menu of delectable Russian dishes. Vodka infusions include cranberry, pear, tarragon, plum, ginger, cherry, horseradish, pepper, pomegranate and honey. The intimate atmosphere makes for a relaxing sojourn in a Russia away from Russia.
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Masha & The Bear
Masha & The Bear is a casual bar and restaurant offering traditional Russian plates and house-infused vodkas on tap. They have one of the most creative Russian menus in the neighborhood with original dishes and a touch of humor. Most ingredients are locally found while some are imported from Russia, such as Salo, a type of Russian bacon.
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