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Dutch Kills

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27-24 Jackson Avenue, New York

We’re grown up enough to know that not all cool drinking hangouts in New York are on Manhattan island. Dutch Kills is actually the name of an area in Long Island City that was once populated by settlers from the Netherlands.

The bar opened in 2009 and, unlike a few of its fellow bars in Manhattan, the drinks at Dutch Kills are relatively cheap. A Vodka Gimlet or a Daiquiri will set you back just $8 and beers are a little as $4 during happy hour. But if you’re after something a little more fancy, then Dutch Kills can deliver.

Why not try a Chancellor: 1½oz scotch, 1oz tawny port, ½oz sweet vermouth. This recipe was adapted from the Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock, 1930, and the original was made with dry vermouth.

If you find yourself in that part of town on a winter’s eve, we recommend a Hot Buttered Rum: anejo rum, honey syrup, house spiced butter, hot water and grated nutmeg. That’ll warm the cockles. Or if you have no idea what to order, simply go up to the bartender and say: “Roll your own.”