As the temperature dips, the cocktail scene heats up with the toasty tastes of coffee, tea and baking spices.
Grand Central’s famed Jazz Age watering hole returns after a meticulous restoration with soaring hand-painted ceilings, mohair and leather furnishings, and quartzite accents. Coffee Old Fashioned: Managing partner Vinny Mauriello suggests this reimagined classic, pairing Suntory Whisky Toki with coffee-infused Demerara sugar simple syrup and a dash of coffee bitters. 15 Vanderbilt Ave., 212.297.1781, thecampbellnyc.com
Inspired by Cuban bars of the 1920s and winner of the 2017 Spirited Award for best new American cocktail bar, BlackTail offers modern spins on classic libations. Cry Baby: Bartender Will Pasternak riffs on the Manhattan with a nine-ingredient masterpiece combining various rums, Giffard Banane du Brésil liqueur and other wild-card ingredients to deliver notes of warm baking spices. 22 Battery Place, Pier A, 2nd Floor, 212.785.0153, blacktailnyc.com
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On the Mandarin Oriental’s 35th floor, gold accents glimmer in the 90-seat cocktail lounge and master mixologists make beverage director Micah Melton’s ingenious concoctions in a glass-enclosed drink kitchen. Tea in Trinidad: An immersion circulator heats Zaya 12 and Zacapa 23 rums, verjus rouge and rooibos tea, with dry ice providing the dramatic finish at the table. 80 Columbus Circle, 212.805.8800, aviarynyc.com
The VNYL’s ’70s-inspired duplex features a blush-tinted entryway and rooms furnished in leather, metal and eyepopping jewel tones—the backdrop to beverage director Gareth Howells’s seasonally evolving cocktail list. One a Day: Dewar’s 12-year gets a milk-washed makeover for a silky mouthfeel, while a Lapsang souchong tincture and grated nutmeg reinvent the whiskey sour. 100 Third Ave., 917.675.7725, thevnyl.com