Monday, Sep. 29, 2008

6. Little Branch

You met someone on the flight into LaGuardia. You flirted. You exchanged numbers. Now what? Slide into a cozy booth and get better acquainted at Little Branch (open Monday–Saturday 7 p.m.–3 a.m.), a dimly lit cocktail lounge that practically whispers tryst. Mixology is a serious study at the third establishment of the famed drink slinger, Sasha Petraske. The suspender-clad bartenders lovingly mix and pour a tantalizing menu of classic cocktails over ice chipped from blocks. With live jazz performances Sundays through Thursdays, you may very well be seduced — by the bar.