A coup is generally defined as the violent seizure of the government by its people. But what does one call it when the people are violently seized by its government? We call it an opportunity for revolution. From the mind owner of Ravi DeRossi, and bartenders Sother Teague and Max Green, inspired by the current political climate of today, springs Coup – a cocktail bar designed to satisfy that aching desire to rise up and DO SOMETHING. Coup is a new cocktail bar in the heart of the East Village designed to provide support directly to charities, organizations and campaigns under attack by the current presidential administration. Coup features an innovative cocktail menu, celebrity guest bartenders, and a tip-free employment policy that allows each guest to take a stand, while taking a sip.
Famous for the kitschy Cuban tea room décor and notorious rum punch bowls, Cienfuegos is an East Village hot spot for good dining and excellent rum. Noted in several publications and TV shows such as The Cooking Channel’s Sandra Lee’ Taverns, Lounges, and Clubs, Cienfuegos is quickly rising to the top. With a range of Cuban inspired food to match the hot and cold selection of rum based cocktails, visiting Cienfuegos is an adventure to warm and sunny Cuba without a passport.
Address Cienfuegos 95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 212-614-6818
BEAST (www.beastnyc.org) is a New York based non-profit dedicated to ending animal suffering globally and transforming the way people think about their fellow earthlings. Beast does this by hosting, sponsoring and promoting special events – the proceeds of which are donated to organizations that fight for animal rights, welfare and protection.
Since opening its doors in 2009, Mayahuel has quickly become a gem of the city. Tucked away in a dark and alluring Spanish Dungeon, Mayahuel elicits feelings of mystery, secrets and masked crusaders. The venue matches design with a calculated ceviche and cocktail menu which is largely versed in tequila and mezcal.
Address Mayahuel 304 E. 6th, New York, NY 10013 212-253-5888
Sother Teague, and Max Green, along with a couple of Puerto Rico’s finest bartenders have teamed up to bring you El Puente. El Puente, meaning “the bridge” in Spanish, aims to reintroduce both Puerto Rican and New York City cultures through a unique cocktail experience.
In keeping with Coup’s ideology of “doing good while being bad”, El Puente will be focused on aiding Hurricane Maria disaster relief efforts. The pop-up will feature an original cocktail menu created by two incredible Puerto Rican American bartenders:
Mario Seijo Rivera is a world-renowned bartender who is a former member of the La Factoria team in San Juan Puerto Rico. Mario is an integral part of Puerto Rico’s community, and has been involved with everything from agriculture to being a voice to raise awareness. Ivan Torres is a former bartender in some of San Juan’s local favorites including El Farolito, and El Batey where he then met Mario Seijo.
Address El Puente 387 Court Street Brooklyn, NY 11231
Enter through the red door to Riddling Widow, a bubbles-centric wine bar located below Bourgeois Pig. Guests will enjoy an intimate atmosphere while thumbing through an ever-rotating glass list of bubbles, white and red. Menu includes daily oyster selections, cheese and charcuterie, and a unique selection of breads, butter and salts.
Address Riddling Widow 127 1/2 MacDougal (through the red door) 212-598-1809
Bergen Hill (the name early settlers coined this area of Carroll Gardens) is an exciting new addition to the exploding culinary scene in Brooklyn. In a tiny open kitchen, Top Chef alum, Andrew D’Ambrosi creates mouthwatering, innovative seafood dishes. Craft cocktails, a carefully curated wine list and an outdoor patio, make for an unforgettable dining experience.
Address Bergen Hill 64 Cooper Square NY, NY 10003 212-260-2182
Gin Palace can only be described as a “bougie dive bar,” decorated extravagantly in leather & dark woods, rod iron fixtures and dimly lit with arrangements of votive candles. Boasting 26 different types of gins and a cocktail menu perfectly crafted to reflect the bar’s namesake, this spot is an excellent representation of the original, lavish, British born Gin Palaces it was mirrored after.
Address Gin Palace 95 Ave A, New York, NY 10009 212-614-6818
A long standing New York favorite, Bourgeois Pig is a jaunt through the dark corridors of a French salon, with its exquisitely lush décor, and deep burgundy color scheme. Best known for their pots of steaming hot fondues, bite sized dishes, and an exclusive beer and wine cocktail menu, Derossi Global has served New York up something languishingly Parisian, perfectly finished with eternally lush sofas and luxuriously overstuffed chairs.
Address 111 E. 7th St, New York, NY 10009 212-475-2246
Dimly lit, and only accessible by use of a doorbell, this west Village based beer bar is small in stature but big on taste (and a variety of tastes at that). Subterranean and daring, the decor is as if in the under trappings of a European catacomb. Don't miss this hidden beer-filled gem of the West Village.
Address 124 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012 212-254-0575