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Middle Branch
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154 E 33rd St New York, NY 10016
154 East 33rd StreetUSNew YorkNew York10016
(212) 213-1350
$Bar, LoungeToday 5:00 pm – 2:00 am
Monday 5:00 pm – 2:00 amTuesday 5:00 pm – 2:00 amWednesday 5:00 pm – 2:00 amThursday 5:00 pm – 2:00 amFriday 5:00 pm – 2:00 amSaturday 5:00 pm – 2:00 amSunday 5:00 pm – 2:00 am
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High-end, classic & original craft cocktails in a hip, bi-level setting.- Google
"The bartender also can make custom drinks depending on what you like."
"I went here on a Tuesday when they had a live jazz band playing."
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Gregor J. Rothfuss
a month ago
nicely tucked away and not too crowded if you go before thursday.
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Scott Williams
5 months ago
This place is worth a visit every time. Lucinda (owner/mgr/bartender) is the hostess with the mostess. Be sure to hit Middle Branch if you can. REAL COCKTAILS!
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Anastasia D
a year ago
Very crammed desirable popular place to meet a friend or a date for a few drinks. As a typical speakeasy, the drinks are expensive, the ambiance is dark with dimmed lights, there are lines to get a seat, and no sign on the door that this is the bar. It's loud but the music isn't overpowering your conversations, which is a plus, but there's not much place to stand on the first floor - you feel like you're standing on top of each other. The upstairs, if you're willing to stand around and wait in line, has a good amount of seating, but you do end up sharing a table with other people if there's just the two of you. Overall, if you're looking for a speakeasy in murray hill, this is a decent place to check out.
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Tyler Lund
a year ago
From the doorman who takes his job way too seriously and practically threw me down the stairs for trying to get a glympse of the upstairs to the bartender, sorry, I mean mixologist who had all the personality of a wet turnip, the service at Middle Branch is not going to impress. The drinks are very good though you won't find anything unique here compared to every other speakeasy. The atmosphere is not that great, particularly downstairs where you have to stand at an awkward height table and the music prevents any conversation. We were told by the doorman a table for us upstair would be ready any minute but gave up waiting after 3 hours. Our party all described different tastes we wanted for our drinks but everyone ended up getting either a ginger mule or some daiquiri looking thing. For all the flair of their mixing technique, the bar tenders need to improve their repetouir. Drinks were however, fairly affordable at only $12 this close to midtown. No food to be found though.
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Chris Demeke
3 months ago
Little speakeasy with a nice small balcony. This place gets really dark as the lights are dim, but the atmosphere is very fun and the bartender choice is a must!
Lucy Dee
a year ago
Great intimate speakeasy with classic drinks. By classic I mean the drinks are mostly alcohol with more alcohol. Avearages about $14/drink, but the come with giant ice cubes, a sign of good mixology. The 1933 here was insanely strong, I couldn't finish it and had to order something else. The second drink was the bartender's choice, something with raspberry and vodka. Still quite strong, but a good strong. The service was impeccable, comes with a glass of water that never goes empty.
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Mark Allen
a year ago
Found this quaint speakeasy on a whim by searching online en route from another bar to the subway. We were in the mood for high-end cocktails, and man, did they deliver. I ordered a bartender's choice with the descriptor phrase "spicy...give me a kick." The waiter responded with a "can you handle tequila?" and I nodded in affirmation. What arrived at the table within a couple minutes was one of the best drinks I've had in ages: The Tequila Torchlight? Forgive me if I botched the name as I had to have another. My friends provided similar feedback to their cucumber infused gin fizzes. The music was 1920-40's and not too loud, allowing for good conversation. I will definitely return when the weather is warmer and the waiters open the "doors" (windows) to allow for a cool breeze.
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Sandy Leung
a year ago
This place is a little gem hidden in Murray Hill. We arrived shortly after dinner and almost couldn't find the front door because it's so well covered...Which is part of the appeal of the place.There's two levels: Upstairs seating and lower level standing. I suppose you could choose either area to be but I prefer sit down catch up time with good friends. They do a terrific QUEENS PARK SWIZZLE and I'm completely addicted to their CANDIED GINGER! I assume it's house made so it's worth ordering a drink with a candied ginger attached to the lip. They make a house made GINGER BEER as well so you should try that in one of their mixed drinks. Price of drinks is slightly below average at $12 and the drinks have a kick! Whenever we have friends in town this is definitely one of the stops we like to make. P.s. If you go to the bathrooms, check out the floor decor... Very cool!
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