PDT (Please Don't Tell)

PDT (Please Don't Tell)

Speakeasy and Cocktail Bar$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Stars
    Go here. Experience the Old Fashioneds. It's worth it.
  • Tips
    "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)
Tips and Reviews icon431 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • crif dogs
  • phone booth
  • hot dogs
  • good for dates
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  • RCheart icon on user image
    RCFebruary 6, 2015
    Tots and cocktails. You can't go wrong with that. Great place.
  • Breeze S.heart icon on user image
    Breeze SkrrtJuly 23, 2015
    A classic for a reason. If you can get in, sit at the bar to watch the masters work.
  • Dominik T.
    Dominik TDecember 6, 2012
    Great experience, especially entering via the telephone booth. If you're in the area check out this worst kept secret of NYC ;)
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuMarch 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't miss the Torres Tots: tater tots with chihuahua cheese, chorizo gravy, chile de arbol, chipotle crema, and scallions.
  • David C.heart icon on user image
    David CelisSeptember 5, 2014
    Get the Benton Old Fashioned. And don't forget to scarf down a Crif Dog before you go!
  • Jessica R.heart icon on user image
    Jessica RomanJanuary 9, 2013
    Laid back, calm and quiet atmosphere. Good cocktails, but pricey. Delicious Absinthe drinks.
  • Pieter 😜 D.
    Pieter 😜 DomMarch 12, 2010
    If you like the occasional cigar (or just the scent), ask for the "Romeo y Julieta". It got me hooked for three rounds. The $6 dogs are ok ─I had the Chang─ but I recommend eating elsewhere and saving
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesMay 22, 2015
    Life changes once you pass the telephone booth #PDT
  • Helen
    HelenMay 1, 2015
    Fancy hand crafted cocktails and good beer. Cute little spot for a date
  • Igor S.heart icon on user image
    Igor SimasAugust 24, 2014
    Great place in NYC! Everything is awesome here! Waffle Fries i recommend!
  • Dan T.heart icon on user image
    Dan TorresMarch 6, 2015
    You can't have a bad drink but don't miss out on the tots and hot dogs either.
  • Noviheart icon on user image
    NoviDecember 11, 2019
    Always a long wait 🙈 Loved my Shark cocktail! 🍸
  • Kien N.heart icon on user image
    Kien NguyenAugust 23, 2015
    The phone booth gimmick is kind of stupid. Once you're in the actual space, it's nothing particularly special. Good drinks though!
  • Candice D.heart icon on user image
    Candice DSouzaNovember 30, 2016
    Order the kimchi hotdog, it is not on the crif dogs menu.
  • Trevor L.
    Trevor LebApril 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Benton's Old Fashioned is quite literally my favorite drink in the world, but their new Rosemary is amazing too!
  • Timm S.
    Timm SchoofOctober 25, 2022
    The menu was a bit uninspired. Bacon flavored old fashioned without punch, Oaxaca old fashioned the same problem. Tasted watered down, glasses weren’t properly cooled.
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanDecember 6, 2013
    My only was with the wait time. Otherwise good drinks, good food, and good vibe.
  • Courtney K.heart icon on user image
    Courtney KleinJanuary 7, 2016
    Great drinks, lovely atmosphere and beautiful bar tenders.
  • Senator John B.heart icon on user image
    Senator John BlutarskiNovember 7, 2011
    The smoky sweet flavor of the Mezcal Mule pairs wonderfully with near-everything that comes through the tiny hatch to Crif Dogs. Enjoy!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 12, 2013
    Expect a long wait for the great drinks at this East Village cocktail destination.
  • Noah L.
    Noah LucasJanuary 20, 2012
    Well crafted cocktails made by knowledgable bartenders. Grab a drink and an order of Torres Tots
  • Deanna M.heart icon on user image
    Deanna MatthewsMay 25, 2017
    Cool concept , cocktails were yummy. Hot dogs were so disappointing !
  • Amelia H.
    Amelia HarrisApril 3, 2011
    The Chang dog and the tatter tots are deliciously spicy, one with kimchi, the other with jalapeno peppers to top on
  • Paul K.heart icon on user image
    Paul KernfeldNovember 12, 2014
    House cocktails, classic cocktails, knowledgeable bartenders. I thought the hot dogs were okay.
  • JJ K.heart icon on user image
    JJ KasperJuly 6, 2015
    Have them make you something special based on your favorite spirit.
  • Eugene L.
    Eugene LeeOctober 24, 2013
    Good service, decent drinks, but ummm... Not sure id wait 4+ hrs. They're good bout calling u back though to tell u when a table is ready.
  • Katie H.
    Katie HinesMay 4, 2010
    Amazing cocktails and a great atmosphere, it's worth going through the headache to get a reservation. Make sure to order the Chang Dog, unbelievable.
  • Ricky S.heart icon on user image
    Ricky SherrillAugust 15, 2014
    A hidden gem with must try bourbon cocktails.
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesMay 22, 2015
    Call at 3pm to get a reservation. Keep calling until you get through.
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesMay 22, 2015
    When discouraged by not getting an answer calling for a reservation, channel the great Jimmy V and think "Don't give up. Don't ever give up."
  • Brandon M.
    Brandon McGrawJune 23, 2012
    Eater NY calls the Shiso Delicious one of New York's best spring cocktails
  • Darren J.
    Darren JerMarch 16, 2012
    The pl to come if u want to drink something that tastes like ur gmas attic, or lemon squeezed thru a dirty sock w sesame oil for 15bucks. But, i luv the low ceiling n ded animals on the wall.
  • Jan G.heart icon on user image
    Jan GemrichFebruary 7, 2015
    Must go and definitely worth any wait!
  • Suri R.heart icon on user image
    Suri RSeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Forget that 3pm phone call. If you come after 2am on weekends there's no wait.
  • Marc M.
    Marc MosonNovember 2, 2013
    On your way in ... One door leads to a cool bar , the other to a rape room. Choose wisely.
  • Belén A.heart icon on user image
    Belén AdiariDecember 12, 2016
    Everything was excellent but beware of the charges in your credit card.
  • rebecca l.
    rebecca liebMarch 19, 2011
    the rosemary society, currently on menu, is possibly the best drink i've ever tasted. get it while you can!
  • Esquire
    EsquireJanuary 31, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. (That phonebooth thing? Pretty cool, right?) Ask the bartender to suggest a drink. It'll be excellent.
  • The Local East Village
    The Local East VillageAugust 14, 2011
    "Phone lines open at 3 p.m., yet it is common for PDT to be fully booked by the time you finally get through a 3:07 p.m." --"Secret Bars of the East Village" Read more
  • Eva G.heart icon on user image
    Eva GuadamillasNovember 12, 2015
    Asked for a fruity drink without alcohol and it was delicious!
  • Vivek S.
    Vivek SurtiFebruary 28, 2011
    Excellent seasonal cocktails - sit at the bar and let them choose a drink. Kimchi dog is fantastic!
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoApril 4, 2011
    You should make reservations at 3pm, the day of your visit. Or show up and leave your name at the door and they will call you when a booth frees up. Read more
  • Bill S.
    Bill SternApril 29, 2015
    Excellent spot drinks are made to,perfection
  • Open Air Publishing
    Open Air PublishingApril 24, 2012
    Order Benton’s Old Fashioned. You can find founder Jim Meehan's recipe in "The Better Bacon Book" for iPads. http://oapub.co/9a4d0f5d
  • Mitchell
    MitchellDecember 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a seat at the bar and ask your friendly bartender for something not on the menu.
  • Cocktail Magic
    Cocktail MagicMarch 21, 2016
    Wicked Witch was the signature cocktail featured at Cocktail Magic. Read more
  • Noah S.
    Noah SingerSeptember 7, 2011
    despite the cheeky telephone booth thing the menu is creative and the bartenders awesome.
  • Connie C.heart icon on user image
    Connie ChiuNovember 16, 2014
    Drinks are good, but the best part is the phone booth entrance.
  • NabeWise
    NabeWiseAugust 30, 2011
    Unique place that you enter through a phone booth without a sign. Great drinks, and hot dogs from Crif Dog, which is the greatest thing ever.
  • Dinorah G.heart icon on user image
    Dinorah G.July 22, 2016
    #1 cocktail bar in my ❤️
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