The Bombay Bread Bar x The Handy Liquor Bar
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With a name like The Bombay Bread Bar, you’d better believe the highlight is the wood-fired naan. This spot used to be the popular-but-slightly-stuffy Paowalla but recently transformed from high-end to slightly casual through a thoughtful reimagining. The new digs will still impress even the most knowledgeable Indian food-lovers with street-style faves like pork vindaloo, fish curry and chicken tikka not masala (i.e., a dish that completely scales back on the creamy stuff). Soak in the beauty of this place’s massive mural and colorful decor, designed by Kris Moran, whose resume as a set decorator includes work on “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Then, get your groove on over at The Handy Liquor Bar, an old-fashioned jazz bar known for killer cocktails and mellow ambiance. Named for Thomas Handy, creator of the New Orleans boozy staple known as the sazerac, enjoy a couple of these babies while getting down alongside the ‘70s musicians whose photographs grace the walls of the establishment. It’s not just sazerac that brings the city’s biggest cocktail connoisseurs in the doors — it’s also fun twists on classic drinks like the Oaxaca Old Fashioned, a remix of the classic cocktail made with tequila and agave nectar.
The Bombay Bread Bar
195 Spring Street, Manhattan
The Handy Liquor Bar
527 Broome Street, Manhattan