Raines Law Room


Mixologist Meaghan Dorman of The Raines Law Room - New York, NY

48 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011
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Hours: Mon-Thurs 5pm-2am; Fri-Sat 5pm-3am; Sun 8pm-1am

Another safe haven for the cocktail crowd in the midst of lower Flatiron’s dreary bar scene, speakeasy Raines Law Room rewards those who can find it with a plush, romantic, Old World setting, complete with velvet curtains, dainty wall paper, and the kind of dim lighting that encourages mild misbehavior. Buzzers will summon waitresses to any of the small number of tables, but the theatrically open kitchen-style bar encourages spectatorship. Mixologist Meaghan Dorman is head barman here, leading the menu charge with seasonal, sophisticated cocktails that tend to feel as demure as the space. She likes a boozy drink as much as the next bartender (just try the double-dosed, surprisingly peachy Amber Old Fashioned), but Dorman also makes nimble use of fresh ingredients; her French Affair creates a smooth, unexpected marriage (or liaison?) between strawberry and Chartreuse.

Recommended Dishes:
  • French Affair: Hennessy Cognac, Yellow Chartreuse, Simple Syrup, Muddled Strawberry, and Lemon Juice
  • Amber Old Fashioned: Elijah Craig 18-year Bourbon, Zacapa XO Rum, Demerera Sugar, Angostura Bitters, and Fee Brothers Peach Bitters

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