Indulgers in booze and baked goods rejoice in unison as the two sins are served up together at this coyly named enclave by Keavy Landreth and Allison Kave. Part cocktail bar and part sweet shop, one can anticipate savoring a drunken dessert (negroni pie, with gin-and-campari custard and sweet vermouth whipped cream) with a stiff glass of the real thing. M-Th 5:00 pm-midnight, F 5:00 pm-2:00 am, Sa 10:00 am-2:00 am, Su 10:00 am-midnight. Brunch (Sa & Su). $$
Since opening in 1955, the intimate Upper East Side cabaret has set the standard for sophisticated entertainment in an elegant setting. A Who’s Who of entertainers have spun their magic here, including such legends as Bobby Short, Elaine Stritch, Eartha Kitt and Hildegarde.
Today’s lineup continues the tradition and can run the gamut from Broadway baby Sutton Foster to folk superstar Judy Collins. Screenwriter/director Woody Allen takes a holiday from his day job and plays jazz clarinet on most Monday nights in the fall, winter and spring.
A spectacular skyline view can be seen outside the climate-controlled glass walls of the Cantina Rooftop, with doors available for guests to step out to enjoy a photograph, a cocktail or a smoke. Comfortable, colorful couches are designed for large groups, while intimate tables are available for a full dinner experience. Housemade margaritas and sangrias complement a list of less conventional cocktails, including the Pachanga (Ketel One vodka, rosemary-infused cranberry juice, aperol, citrus, soda water). M-Sa 5 pm-11pm.
Performances by some of the nation’s hottest headliners and up-and-coming comics. Highlights:
Nov. 15-18: Iliza Shlesinger
Nov. 21-24: Jim Norton
Nov. 29-Dec. 2: Mo Amer
Dec. 6-8: Des Bishop
Dec. 13-16: Jay Pharoah
Dec. 20-22: Melissa Villasenor
Dec. 27-30: Dave Attell
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Spectacular
Jan. 3-5: Sinbad
Jan. 24-27: Deray Davis