Top 10 Places to Find an Incredible Martini in New York City

Life is like a martini cocktail, you never know what you are going to get. This also applies to the big apple. Although the main martini consists of gin and vermouth adorned with an olive or lemon twist, in most recent years the drink has expanded it's principal origin to various flavors, as well as, type of martinis. Even though I am a fan of the original martini, I have grown a fond admiration for different types of martinis. One thing is certain, I have tried so many martinis and have narrowed down the many establishments to only the top 10 places to find an incredible martini in New York City.

10. Nuyorican Poets Cafe. I have always been culturally connected, as I am a huge people person. I can appreciate New York City for what it is, a huge cultural connection. Another thing I can appreciate is getting a wonderful martini in New York City and what better place to get it than the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Located in the heart of NYC on 236 E. 3 rd Street in between Avenue B and Avenue C, lies one of the best places to find an incredible martini, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. When you first walk in, you will notice the post modern trend that includes artists of all sorts that range from painters to poets. This place is exceptionally lively, as the social interaction here is deeply engaging. There is open mic here too, which makes the place possess an interesting concept that is relatively original. The martinis at this fine establishment are some of the best that the big apple has to offer. The Nuyorican Poets Cafe is open Monday through Thursday from 7 pm until 11 pm, Friday from 7 pm until 1 am, Saturday from 3 pm until 1 am, and Sunday from 3 pm until 11 pm. For more information about the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, simply call: (212) 780-9386 today. It is very unusual to appreciate a place so much, however; I can honestly say that this cafe is just one of those places.

9. Duke's Original Roadhouse Bar. Being a lacto ovo vegetarian, it can be hard to find vegetarian friendly food. When a friend recommended that I try Duke's Original Roadhouse Bar, I was not reluctant to do so and once I ended up trying it, I discovered that they make some of the best martinis in New York City. Located on 99 East 19 th Street at Park Avenue South lies one of the hottest, liveliest eating places to find a great martini in New York City, Duke's Original Roadhouse Bar. It's not the most immaculate establishment, but in spite of that, it is a fresh, yet up to date bar. The last time I visited Duke's Original Roadhouse Bar I ordered a martini on the rocks and a veggie burger with French fries. Can we say delicious? It was amazing. Any martini you want, they have it and if they don't, they will make you something even better. Duke's Original Roadhouse Bar is open Duke's Original Roadhouse Bar is open everyday from 11:30 am until 3 am. For more information about Duke's Original Roadhouse Bar, simply call: (212) 260-2922 today. I love eating great food and enjoy a great cocktail, while I eat and there just isn't a better place to enjoy an incredible martini in NYC while eating my food than Duke's Bar.

8. Duo. I was walking on Park Avenue and had met a few people randomly. I sort of did a poll, where I asked each one "What place makes the best martini in New York City." Although I received an array of different places, a vast majority told me to visit Duo. Located on 72 Madison Avenue in the heart of New York City in between 27 th and 28 th Street lies Duo. If you are hunting for an astonishing martini, you cannot go wrong with Duo. Although there isn't much here for a vegetarian to eat, you can order one of their fabulous sides, which truly compliments the drink. Looking to enjoy an amazingly incredible martini? You cannot go wrong with Duo. Duo is open Monday from 11:30 am until 11 pm, Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 am until 12 am, Saturday from 12 pm until 12 am, and Sunday from 12 pm until 11 pm. For more information about Duo, simply call: (212) 686-7272 right now. Whether a single or a duo, you will love the Martinis at Duo. In fact, you will love them so much, you just may order a duo at once. Hahaha!

7. Bemelman's Bar at the Carlyle. One day, when I was walking on Madison Avenue, I found myself walking into Bemelman's Bar at the Carlyle hotel. I was intrigued by the atmosphere, however; once I tried a martini, I just knew that I found this place for a reason. Located on 34 East 76 th Street at Madison Avenue lies one of the most prestigious, upscale restaurants in New York City, Bemelman's Bar. This amazingly elite entity is located on the upper East side of the city. This place is very upscale that you just may see Ted Turner or Bill Gates there. It's a place that attracts some of NY's finest. The ceiling is all 24 karat gold. The martinis here are incredible. Everything from the flavor to the essence. It may be a hotel bar, but it makes some of the best martini drinks I have ever tried in my life. Bemelman's Bar is open 7 days a week, everyday from 12 pm until 1 am. For more information about Bemelman's Bar at the Carlyle, simply call: (212) 744-1600 today. Tasting an incredible martini only starts here.

6. Pravda. I have always found the Russian culture to be interestingly intriguing. I have never really tried Russian food and then one day a friend of mine said "Sarah, we are going to Pravda!" Located on 281 Lafayette Street in between Prince and Houston Street lies one of the best places to find only the best martinis in NYC, Pravda. I seriously love the martinis at this eatery. Also, what was impressive was the selections they had to offer. Plus, you can create your own. They have so many great liqueurs, as well as, liquors to choose from, you can create any kind of martini you want. Of course, when I ate here, I had the incredible "Vladimir Martini" which consists of fig vodka and Russian tea syrup. It has an acquired taste. The food here is primarily Russian and bar food. Pravda is open Monday from 5 pm until 1 am, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 pm until 2 am, Thursday from 5 pm until 2:30 am, Friday and Saturday from 5 pm until 3:30 am, and Sunday from 6 pm until 1 am. For more information about Pravda, simply call: (212) 226-4944 right now.

5. Touch. One of my favorite things that I love to do in New York City is definitely try new things, especially amazing things that you find yourself trying so unexpectedly. I remember the first time I was in the mood for a great martini and having the chance to go to Touch with a group of friends. It was like a avant-garde rapture. If you are searching for a great place in the big apple to get an incredible martini, you cannot go wrong with Touch. Located on 240 W. 52 nd Street on North Broadway lies one of the hottest clubs in New York City, Touch. I remember being in the mood for a good martini and unpredictably frequenting Touch for the first time, only to leave knowing I had a great drink, which result into a great experience. If you are looking to enjoy an outstanding martini in New York City, Touch is the place you want to go. Touch is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 pm until 4 am. For more information about Touch, simply call: (212) 489-7656 today. I think the next time I visit Touch, I am going to try the original Martini again, but also get it with green olives and Swiss cheese.

4. Forlini's. If you have ever been to New York City, you will notice how cultured, yet catered the cuisine is. If you are in the mood for seafood, you will find it. If you are in the mood for Thai food, you will find it. If you are in the mood for Italian food, you will most definitely find it. If you are searching for an incredible martini, well, you will find it and guess where you will find it? Forlini's. Forlini's is located in the heart of NYC on 93 Baxter Street in between Walker and White Street. The martini's here are very close to perfect. Amazing to the A. Although, Forlini's is primarily Italian cuisine, I must admit that they make incredible Baked Stuffed Shells which taste unbelievably delectable with the incredible Martini. Forlini's is open 7 days a week, everyday from 12 pm until 2 am. For more information about Forlini's simply call, (212) 349-6779 right now. Would I eat here again? Yes. Would I recommend this place to a friend? Most definitely. Do I love their Martinis? Absolutely.

3. 49 Grove. "I'll have a martini please." One of the best things I love is going into an establishment and ordering a drink that exceeds your expectations. If you are looking for that sort of experience, you are going to love 49 Grove. In between Christopher Street and 7 th Avenue, on 49 Grove Street lies one of the most exciting nightclubs in the West Village of the big apple, 49 Grove. When you first enter this business, you will notice that it is dark with bright fluorescents haunting the ambiance. It is, in fact, a nightclub, so that is to be expected. If you are looking to enjoy an incredible martini, I definitely recommend trying one from here. The flavor is so unbelievably balanced, once you try a martini from 40 Grove, you may not be able to compare it to the other martinis you have had. The original martini is popular here because 49 Grove makes them remarkably. Plus, there is a big selection to choose from and if you are undecided you can be like me and create your own martini. 49 Grove is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 pm until 4 am. For more information about 49 Grove, simply call: (212) 727-1100 today. What better way to sit back and sip your incredible martini while enjoying the perks of fantastic entertainment. Does it get any better?

2. Simone Martini Bar. I remember walking past an art gallery and hearing women talking about the Simone Martini Bar. For some reason the idea intrigued me enough to visit the restaurant and when I did, I discovered they make some of the best Martinis in New York. Located on 134 1 st Avenue at St. Marks Place lies the Simone Martini Bar. The Martinis here are absolutely phenomenal in every aspect, on every wavelength. Plus, the bartender is very creative so no matter what type of martini you order, you will be incredibly satisfied, as a result. With everything from salads and sandwiches, you are destined to find great food to go with your martini. If you are a vegetarian like me, you will also find something to enjoy here too. Although the Simone Martini Bar is Italian inspired, it is not 100% Italian. The Simon Martini Bar is open Sunday and Monday from 11 am until 3 am and then Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am until 4 am. For more information about the Simon Martini Bar, simply call: (212) 982-6665 right now. I absolutely love this place and I guarantee that if you are searching for an incredible martini in the big apple, you will too.

-- and the number one best place in NYC to get a bank martini is --

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1. Caviar Russe. After trying hundreds of martinis in the big apple, I have discovered that Caviar Russe's are the best. Located in the heart of the big apple on 538 Madison Avenue in between 54 th and 55 th Street lies the number one, best place to find an incredible martini in New York City, Caviar Russe. When it comes to creating an incredible martini cocktail, there is so much that comes into play. Everything from the flavor to the use of quality ingredients to the presentation. Caviar Russe has managed to create the most impressive martinis yet and if you are looking to enjoy only the best martinis in New York City, you must visit Caviar Russe. What a better way to enjoy your incredible martini than to order something delicious from the menu. Although this a seafood and sushi oriented eatery, you can find an array of other things too. I am a vegetarian, so I love the Portabella Mushroom Wrap. Caviar Russe is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am until 10 pm and then on Sunday from 11 am until 6 pm. For more information about Caviar Russe, simply call: (212) 980-5908 today. Caviar Russe truly makes the best martinis that NYC has to offer.


Anonymous said…
That martini looks good and I am not even into dry martinis at all.
Monica said…
I've never had a dry martini with swiss cheese in it before.