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Take Your Whiskey in a Teacup and Venture Behind the Bookcase in This Prohibition-Era Speakeasy

  • Drinks
  • Food

Sometimes a combination of the choice paradox and a deep desire for our waiter to like us means we order before we’re ready and end up with pork schnitzel at a restaurant that's better known for literally everything else. This is a true story—the schnitzel wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t the foie gras we should have ordered. Avoid this issue entirely at the Michelin-starred Contra. Chefs Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske have taken the guesswork out of dinner, replacing it with a five-course tasting menu. The parade of dishes showcase flavor, talent, and creativity, and from the black bass starter to the guinea hen with white asparagus, every course promises to be both ambitious and delicious.

After, drink to history in The Back Room, one of two remaining speakeasies in the city that operated during Prohibition. True to Roaring ‘20s form, cocktails come in teacups, while beer is served in paper bags. Enjoy the vibes and glamour on one of the many plush couches, or explore the secret room hidden behind the bookcase.


138 Orchard Street, Manhattan

The Back Room

102 Norfolk Street, Manhattan

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