PDT (Please Don't Tell)

PDT (Please Don't Tell)

Speakeasy and Cocktail Bar$$$$
East Village, New York
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    Jeffrey
    "telephone booth in the subterranean late-night spot Crif Dogs"(46 Tips)
    Steve K.
    "Get cozy in the phone booth & try the bacon infused old fashioned."(40 Tips)
    Rafi R.
    "the Benton's Old-Fashioned and the Chang Dog pair perfectly!"(13 Tips)
    Ariana V.
    "Get the Mezcal Mule and 2 Poc dog - perfect combination"(11 Tips)
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  • Natalie V.heart icon on user image
    Natalie VNovember 22, 2015
    Amazing cocktails. Rice Milk and Honey one is incredible.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseMarch 5, 2016
    Mandatory speak easy stop for east village residents. I'm pretty sure you can get tots along with your beverage.
  • Myke H.heart icon on user image
    Myke HurleyDecember 6, 2015
    Get the Benton's Old Fashioned. Bacon bourbon FTW
  • Aditiheart icon on user image
    AditiOctober 20, 2016
    Mezcal mule is a smoky heaven. Bartenders and service is exceptional. Get a crif dog or two
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelNovember 14, 2011
    Found behind a “secret” door next to Crif Dogs, this place is a favorite for classic and tweaked cocktails. As seen on Travel Channel’s The Layover with Anthony Bourdain.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DempseySeptember 9, 2013
    Underwhelmed by decor, service, and drinks. The phone got gimmicky really fast, even w. reservations, and the ambiance mirrored an upscale college bar. Go around the corner to e 6th for better options
  • Pamela D.
    Pamela DJanuary 24, 2014
    Vegetarian hot dog is the best!!!!! I also love the Paddington cocktail. Bring your own toggle coat.
  • Rich G.
    Rich GallagherOctober 7, 2011
    Come early and on an off night and you'll have a chance at getting in without calling ahead. The Benton's Old Fashioned, bacon-infused bourbon, is uncanny
  • Nadina B.
    Nadina BarretoOctober 10, 2010
    Get the fried hot dog with cheddar cheese, crab dip, and cape cod chips on top! Ask the mixologist for a funky drink to complement it! and enjoy in the gorgeous ambience
  • Petros A.heart icon on user image
    Petros ANovember 28, 2016
    Nice little bar! Recommended for the cool entrance routine! Prepare for a wait though.
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuApril 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Like vegetal flavors? Try the Vigne Verte: G'Vine Floraison gin, tomatillo, celery and lime, black pepper, grape syrup,
  • American Way
    American WayNovember 17, 2011
    A speakeasy accessed through Crif Dogs next door, PDT serves up deep-fried Jersey dogs, including the Wylie with deep-fried mayo, tomato molasses, shredded lettuce and dried onions. Read more
  • Superjonbot
    SuperjonbotMay 13, 2010
    Great drinks! you really appreciate the place when you sit by the bar and notice the attention to detail when they make their drinks. Great place to bring guests looking for something different
  • Ryan W.heart icon on user image
    Ryan WirtesAugust 28, 2018
    Amazing cocktails with delicious food from Crif Dogs in a cozy hip atmosphere!
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeJuly 17, 2015
    U hmm why have I not ordered the Caviar Tots before??
  • Logan K.heart icon on user image
    Logan KerrOctober 23, 2015
    Get a dog, get some friends, and be prepared to wait most of the night. It's worth it.
  • Cooper S.heart icon on user image
    Cooper SmithJune 24, 2012
    Both the bacon infused bourbon and michelada were great, but it didn't matter what I was drinking once they put the Torres Tots in front of me.
  • Karenheart icon on user image
    KarenMay 26, 2017
    Excellent drinks! Make sure to call when they open to make a reservation.
  • Roman B.heart icon on user image
    Roman BedinerOctober 31, 2015
    When making reservations, ask to be seated at the bar, watching their mixologist at work is a spectacle.
  • Rendall R.
    Rendall RenMay 10, 2011
    The bartenders are alchemists. Ask about the essences arrayed at the bar. If a flavor sounds appealing ask for its associated cocktail. A good way to discover the menu.
  • Ariana V.heart icon on user image
    Ariana VoyerAugust 14, 2016
    Get the Mezcal Mule and 2 Poc dog - perfect combination
  • Steven G.
    Steven GrimlerJuly 17, 2010
    I was having trouble deciding what cocktail I wanted so I asked the gentleman bartender for a recommendation and he pondered. A minute later he poured the most brilliant drink..like he read my mind.
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth MitchellMay 16, 2010
    Excellent for out-of-towners you want to impress. Love the drinks but I'm really there for the hot dogs... Especially the Jon Jon deragon. You can order crif dogs as long as you know the name.
  • Sean S.
    Sean StenstromJanuary 14, 2019
    You enter not just through the hot dog shop Crif Dogs, but through a vintage phone booth within Crif Dogs.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CitySeptember 21, 2010
    The East Village’s most unsuspecting and sexy speakeasy, where bourbon is laced with honey and hot dogs go gourmet. If prohibition hits again, this is where you’ll find us.
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeFebruary 22, 2014
    The pumpkin drink is amazeballs
  • Jon F.
    Jon FeldmanSeptember 29, 2011
    PDT founder Jim Meehan demos all his cocktail- making techniques and classic cocktail recipes on video in the iPad book app "Speakeasy Cocktails". Buy it at openairpub.com or in the iPad App Store.
  • Eve V.
    Eve VanderpoolJanuary 31, 2010
    Fantastic place... I have been here a few times and it is not difficult to get in. Very friendly. Expensive drinks, but worth every last cent. Lovely crowd, expertly made cocktails and cozy.
  • Gary
    GaryApril 16, 2013
    Once again, another speakeasy bar with amazing cocktails. This one's in the back of a hot dog shop though. Half the fun is getting there!
  • Princess Abigail B.
    Princess Abigail BacaniJanuary 23, 2013
    Walk into Crif Dogs. Look for a phone booth. Step inside, pick up the phone and press the buzzer once. Not twice. A voice answers, after approval, the wall of the booth opens to let you into the bar.
  • Travis W.heart icon on user image
    Travis WaggonerJune 12, 2016
    Tell the bartender what kind of cocktails you like and try their recommendation!
  • Nick B.heart icon on user image
    Nick BurtoFebruary 25, 2012
    Ask for the LES Globetrotter (not on the menu). It's a delicious variation on the rocks Manhattan with orange liquor.
  • Madame L.
    Madame LoloNovember 19, 2012
    Enter through the phonebooth, behind a “secret” door next to Crif Dogs.. awesome speakeasy in the hood
  • Fred M.
    Fred MolinaresOctober 14, 2013
    Very private, classy, and the way a night in NY should be. Highly recommend to all.
  • Emre Berge E.heart icon on user image
    Emre Berge ErgenekonNovember 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try a Ramos Gin Fiz
  • eric b.heart icon on user image
    eric bornemannJuly 8, 2021
    Fine place for drinks even if you have to put up with the kabuki theater malarkey to get in.
  • jennifer h.
    jennifer hanApril 22, 2017
    the tots and waffle fries with stadium nacho cheese and chopped up jalapeno plus cocktails....it's a mothercrushing dream.
  • Alexandre d.heart icon on user image
    Alexandre de OliveiraAugust 20, 2015
    The bacon cheeseburger is incredible. The Paddington absynthe is awesome !
  • Razorfish
    RazorfishSeptember 20, 2011
    Speakeasy-style cocktail bar that’s actually worth the hype, especially with their hot dogs and bacon infused Bourbon drinks!
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuJanuary 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Show up at 6pm with one other person (tops) and grab a seat at the bar. Don't even try to walk in later on than that, especially on a weekend night.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 27, 2010
    Go through the phone booth at Crif Dogs and order a Benton’s Old Fashioned with bacon infused bourbon. Cocktails and gourmet hot dogs.
  • INSIDER DF
    INSIDER DFNovember 29, 2011
    AMAZING! Enter the phone booth, diial 1 and hop on to the bar: that's the catch of the place! Oh, sh*t, we told!...
  • Sandra v.heart icon on user image
    Sandra van LintFebruary 26, 2017
    Great cocktail! The waiting time is horrible, so I waited for more than 2 hours in total. In the end you want to see it but it's not worth to go another time
  • Nat E.
    Nat EliasonAugust 9, 2014
    Enter through the phone booth in the hot dog shop! Reservations open at 3pm
  • Namitta S.
    Namitta ShankarJune 27, 2012
    Interesting concept but seems fairly over hyped - probably cause of the door. Place looks small compared to most lounges & make sure you have a reservation before you show… (2 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Lee S.
    Lee SmithJuly 2, 2013
    Winner!! Great spot and fantastic idea! must go even just for one drink!
  • Open Air P.
    Open Air PublishingApril 16, 2012
    Want to know the secret behind PDT's Benton’s Old Fashioned? You can find founder Jim Meehan's recipe in "The Better Bacon Book" for iPads. http://bit.ly/foursq_bacon
  • Julie L.
    Julie LevineJune 6, 2013
    Try the old fashioned with bacon infused bourbon and maple syrup from Momofuku.
  • Brendan O.
    Brendan O'LearyAugust 6, 2014
    Fancy speakeasy where the drinks aren't cheap, but they are imaginative and well thought out.
  • Ling L.
    Ling LeeJune 3, 2013
    Make sure to get a hot dog at Crif Dogs - great way to wrap up the night of PDT cocktails. Waits are 1 hour+ on weekends.
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