Amor y Amargo

Amor y Amargo

Cocktail Bar$$$$
East Village, New York
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    The experts at The New Yorker and Time Out New York recommend this place
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    Christina L.
    "Love the sharpie mustache."(7 Tips)
    s v.
    "so come early and get the 8 Amaro Sazerac"(8 Tips)
    Elaine C.
    "My old piano is great!"(4 Tips)
    Sean B.
    "The Manhattan and Old Fashion are @&$?ing amazing."(9 Tips)
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  • Morgan M.
    Morgan McKeeOctober 2, 2017
    Loved this bar! Stopped in while waiting for death and co and couldn't be happier. Bar tender was super friendly and attentive even with the crowded scene. Drinks are potent, stop in or stay a while!
  • Ashley A.heart icon on user image
    Ashley AlvarezOctober 23, 2016
    Intimate cocktail joint with very cheery and knowledgeable barstaff. Insane collection of bitters most available for purchase there as well. They do an omakase style event monthly!
  • Saarim Z.heart icon on user image
    Saarim ZamanJanuary 10, 2017
    Super cute cocktail bar. Try the sharpie mustache or Manhattan. It can get pretty crowded on the weekends so come earlier in the week or you'll be standing in a corner with a fifth in your hand.
  • Ranu R.heart icon on user image
    Ranu RajkarnikarDecember 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite cocktail bar in NYC. Cozy, strong and delicious drinks, and friendly staff who know how to mix bitters. Love the floor tile in here too. Get the Sharpie Mustache or My Old Piano.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SchusterNovember 18, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the best bars in town, but it's not just for things that go dark & stirry in the night! Weekend Double Buzz brunch (coffee & Amaro cocktails!) is the most delightful hangover cure ever.
  • John E.heart icon on user image
    John EFebruary 13, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Don’t let crowds scare you away; Sother & team crank out more cocktails per square foot than any bar in the city, so you’ll never wait long for a drink 🥃 No shaken drinks but you won’t miss them!
  • Marc M.heart icon on user image
    Marc MayerMay 13, 2018
    Really good service, Within 15 seconds of walking in the door, there was a menu in my hand. Have fun and order something off-menu, it'll be delicious.
  • Eleonora Z.heart icon on user image
    Eleonora ZorziJune 11, 2014
    Ask the bartender to make you a drink with your favorite liquor. You won't be disappointed.
  • Bradley K.heart icon on user image
    Bradley KayFebruary 19, 2017
    Spirituous, balanced, exemplary. These drinks will show you flavors you never knew existed in booze, and will drop you on your ass if you're not careful. Always excellent bartenders. Tight on weekends
  • s v.
    s vJune 7, 2017
    (Thrillist tip) Seating here isn’t plentiful, so come early and get the 8 Amaro Sazerac, a "House Favorite," which mimics the original beautifully while ditching the rye whiskey altogether
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    KatAugust 17, 2016
    Excellent, unique drinks and a crowd that appreciates a good cocktail. A perfect after dinner pit stop when in the East Village.
  • Rachael B.heart icon on user image
    Rachael BrungardAugust 19, 2013
    Perfect for a person with a special place in their heart for bitters. They have a wide variety, you can taste any of them for free, and you can buy them there after enjoying a cocktail! Fantastic.
  • Marc S.heart icon on user image
    Marc SchneebergerAugust 11, 2018
    If you like bitter cocktails go, I am not a big fan of them but my wife is and she rated them as perfect so I will give them a great comment. Its always packed on weekends!!!
  • Aparna M.heart icon on user image
    Aparna MDecember 7, 2015
    Easily best small bites + big bitters spot in the city. The Double Buzz is one of my favorite weekend things to do in my old 'hood...can't go wrong, can go shopping for bitters surrounding you!
  • Andrew D.heart icon on user image
    Andrew DollDecember 31, 2014
    Small bar in the Wast Village specializing in bitters (amari and cocktail bitters). Intimate, friendly setting staffed by passionate, knowledgeable staff who always make you feel welcome.
  • Adrianna T.
    Adrianna TanSeptember 25, 2016
    Favourite bar for the bitters fiend in you. If you love old-fashioneds and negronis, even the fancy award winning bars nearby ain't got game compared to these guys.
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 19, 2013
    Amor & Amargo is not a newcomer but they've hit their stride, serving all manner of homemade bitters and elixers. Try going on a weeknight to avoid the crowds, as the space is rather diminuitive.
  • Noah
    NoahSeptember 4, 2014
    For something on the light side, get a gin & tonic. For something more adventurously bitter, get a smoky cocktail. I promise you've never had a drink like this before.
  • Gianna N.
    Gianna NebbiaMarch 26, 2021
    Somehow their lame cocktails cost 20$ each. And the auto 20% tip is pretty ballsy when you order from a counter and bring it outside yourself. With tip, 2 SIMPLE cocktails and mandatory nuts cost 48$
  • Carl F.heart icon on user image
    Carl FigueiredoJune 25, 2015
    Small cocktail bar in the East Village with an emphasis on their house made bitters. Solid cocktails. Worth stopping in for a drink if not too crowded.
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhDecember 9, 2019
    Amazing cocktail bar! Ask your bartender for recommendations. Also note that they make some of their liquids in-house !
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedJuly 17, 2012
    The Expatriate is a fantastic drink, in a tall glass with just the right amount of ice. Space is small, so no groups. Put your name down at Death & Co. first then come here to wait it out.
  • Dina
    DinaApril 24, 2014
    A tiny place with a few places on the bar and standing room. Good option when others are full (though it also gets full fast). Drinks are expensive for such an informal place ($15) but good.
  • Nevena
    NevenaDecember 10, 2019
    no shaken drinks (bitters and amaro). mostly standing room only, just a few bar sitting places. be careful, cocktails are tasty and really strong 😨
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreyDecember 16, 2013
    With room for just a couple seats, this bitters-centric outpost can be both enjoyable and educational if you're not yet versed in the ways of bitters, amaros, and the like.
  • BarChick
    BarChickAugust 14, 2013
    This place has a tonne of unfamiliar spirits from Italy & France as well as the favorites, there’s something here for everyone. Here's our review http://barchick.com/find-a-bar/new-york/amor-y-amargo
  • Melissa W.heart icon on user image
    Melissa WeissMay 23, 2016
    Beautiful space and amazing herbaceous cocktails - just follow the menu and ask the tender for guidance. Only problem: hard to reproduce at your neighborhood bar.
  • The New Yorker
    The New YorkerNovember 26, 2013
    “A ‘dealer’s choice’ Old-Fashioned included habanero bitters and mescal. It tasted like smoke and intrigue—or, one drinker suggested, bacon and fried onions.” Read more
  • Kayleigh H.heart icon on user image
    Kayleigh HarringtonJanuary 25, 2017
    The cocktail with grapefruit was my favorite but they also have a killer old fashioned 🙌
  • Sabrina M.heart icon on user image
    Sabrina MajeedAugust 30, 2015
    Cute and cozy cocktail bar, but it's not too hard to get a seat at the bar for two. The grandmother's tea is delicious.
  • AskMen
    AskMenApril 1, 2011
    Amor offers classes, bitters for purchase, vermouth on tap (Spanish style), and cocktails using a range of bitters, from Italian amaros to French liqueurs to local stuff.Tapas to match. Read more
  • Adrienne S.
    Adrienne SMarch 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is not for the faint of heart with a menu of spirit forward cocktails with few other ingredients besides bitters. Favs: French four play and 8 amaro sazerac (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • eme
    emeFebruary 21, 2015
    Wanted to like this place more than I actually did. Super small, so you're lucky to get a seat, even if you're sipping on a +12 cocktail. Drink (My Old Piano) was really strong.
  • Brendan L.heart icon on user image
    Brendan LewisAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This is one bar where it makes sense to go exclusively "Dealer's Choice" with the bartenders - all of whom are super super cool.
  • Sean B.heart icon on user image
    Sean BuchananAugust 10, 2016
    The Manhattan and Old Fashion are @&$?ing amazing. This place knows whisky and bitters. Place is pretty small so it tends to fill up.
  • PUNCH
    PUNCHSeptember 24, 2015
    This bar has one thing on its mind: bitters. Despite having fewer than a dozen seats, it's made a big name for itself as the mecca of all things mouth-puckering. Read more
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    AmateurConciergeFebruary 15, 2016
    Great hole in the wall for bitters based cocktails (manhattan and negronis). Real east village gem
  • Candice D.heart icon on user image
    Candice DSouzaNovember 30, 2016
    Love this spot. Great introduction to Amaros by very knowledgeable bartenders. Get here early, as Soave is limited.
  • Lucy C.heart icon on user image
    Lucy ChenApril 24, 2022
    Nice and strong cocktails. Menu changes by the season or more often.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneAugust 8, 2013
    Small bar with only a few stools but they take their cocktails very seriously with home made bitters and old style spirits. One for cocktail enthusiasts incl a store of related products.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 24, 2013
    The bar only has a handful of seats, and they're always packed with cocktail connoisseurs sampling the creations of the top-notch bartending staff.
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    ChrisDecember 22, 2019
    Try their Sazerac variation. I highly recommend this small bar.
  • Russell S.heart icon on user image
    Russell SinclairJuly 8, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    East Village bar specializing in bitters drinks. Go off menu and ask for "The Redemption" if you want an awesome Jaegermeister drink.
  • Carlo T.heart icon on user image
    Carlo TomasAugust 20, 2014
    Probably my favourite bar in New York City, tell Sother how you feel and he'll concoct the perfect libation to go with it.
  • Rishi S.heart icon on user image
    Rishi SatsangiJanuary 19, 2015
    Really great place with great cocktails and knowledgeable and cool bartender.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2011
    Try the house gin and tonic, a complex cocktail with little in common with your garden-variety G&T. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011. Read more
  • Sabrina W.heart icon on user image
    Sabrina WangJune 28, 2016
    a little pricy but very very good cocktails! they also have some accessories for cocktail making, bitters etc.
  • Justin F.
    Justin FerrantiMarch 20, 2016
    Very cozy spot. Standing room only. Drinks on the expensive side ($15) but worth it if bitters is your thing
  • Lauren M.heart icon on user image
    Lauren MacAugust 30, 2015
    When asked, I told the waitress my drink wasn't my style, & she immediately asked what I liked & returned with an off-the-menu concoction (waterproof watch). Intimate, no seats, but A+ service.
  • Breeze S.heart icon on user image
    Breeze SkrrtJuly 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite EV cocktail spot. Unassuming but packs a punch. Great date spot if you go at the right time.
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