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Hidden Gem: Wise Men Opens On The Bowery

Count on the Bowery’s Wise Men for Strong Cocktails and Savory Small Plates

It’s not easy to spot the entrance to Wise Men, a new Bowery bar and restaurant anonymously concealed behind a storefront-size vintage photo (below), but it’s definitely worth searching for. And once you turn the unique water valve handle to step inside, you’ll immediately be transported to a bygone era where a narrow marble bar, dim lighting, dark décor, and patterned walls create an intimate, speakeasy feel with seating for 75.

The trendy and mysterious vibe is a reflection of the bar’s fashion-forward owners, S Magazine creative director Christina Chin, hospitality vet Caroleyn Ng and photographer Danielle Levitt. It’s inspired by, and named after, Chinatown’s first western-style steakhouse, which the Chin family opened in the 1970s. And as a nod to the original Wise Men, Chin family photos line the walls.

Snag a spot at one of the red banquettes and enjoy signature cocktails for $12—we loved the Americano with Campari, vermouth, and soda—or nosh on a limited but diverse menu of small plates ($6-$19), including bavette steak, mint pesto pork chops, patty melts, poached shrimp, and for dessert, a rich dark chocolate mousse with salt crackle, to name a few.

The kitchen is open until 1 a.m. on weeknights and 3 a.m. on weekends, so grab some friends and head over to the Bowery’s burgeoning bar and restaurant scene to find Wise Men—they sure know how to make a perfect first impression! —CASSIE KREITNER

Wise Men | 355 Bowery (at E. 4th St.) | 646-590-4244

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