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Milk and Honey

134 Eldridge St (at Between Broome St & Delancey St)
New York, NY 10002
(212) 625-3397
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I am so in love with this place that I want to marry it. I found the bartenders and other staff extremely gracious, and the cocktails are unparalleled. The reservations-only polic...


We take our craft cocktails seriously so I don't mind a bartender surprising me with something. But if you don't have a menu I would expect to be surprised with something besides ...

Set aside the evening for an exceptional cocktail experience 1/7/2012

I am so in love with this place that I want to marry it. I found the bartenders and other staff extremely gracious, and the cocktails are unparalleled. The reservations-only policy might be a little inconvenient, but how else would they ensure that all the patrons have a seat in the beautiful (and small) space and that everyone gets such a finely crafted cocktail? It would be an entirely different experience if you had to stand three deep at the bar or the bartenders didn't have several minutes to lovingly craft the drinks. So set aside an evening, make a reservation, and enjoy it to the fullest. I wrote a post about my experience at my blog, hostessdiary. more

As Rachel Zoe would say... I die! 9/15/2010

All the glamor of the roaring 20's but without the looming thought that you could get arrested for sipping on a cocktail at any moment. I thought I died and went to heaven when I stepped into milk and honey. Ironically milk and honey is the only thing served in heaven according to a professor of mine during my undergraduate years. Anyway, back to the experience. A discrete door with M&H is all you see from the street as you walk into, yes into, a black velvet curtain you think ""this cannot be right"". Then...BAM it is like you just walked into a dream. The staff plays right into the part and next thing you know you are having a custom made drink in a sleek bar and you never want to leave this speakeasy. Read the rules in the bathroom they are hysterical. Still do not know if they were real or not... Go for the experience! Make a reservation no membership required and enjoy! more

Disappointing 9/13/2010

We take our craft cocktails seriously so I don't mind a bartender surprising me with something. But if you don't have a menu I would expect to be surprised with something besides a whiskey sour. And if you bring me a whiskey sour it better be the best one I ever had. Or it better cost less than $16. Unfortunately that was my first and last experience at Milk & Honey. The service was good though. Not having food at all was another surprise, not even bar food. more

Classy and Mysterious but Mixologist Could Do Better 5/18/2010

I came to this speakeasy (which is located on a very ghetto alleyway and sits behind a locked dingy old door that says ""134. M&H"") about 2 years ago when M+H didn?t require a membership to get in yet. I clearly remember not being too fascinated with the cocktails there, esp the ?signature? drink that the waitress recommended but I wanted to give it another try. The bar itself is dimly lit, and has a few booths on a long and narrow hallway. It does have that prohibition era (1920?1933) ambiance to it for sure. The waitress comes and asks us what kinds of drinks we like - sweet? creamy? what kind of liquor do you like? At least $16 a pop, I must admit that I?ve unfortunately had better cocktails at Raines Law Room, Angel?s Share, Pegu or Death & Co. We ordered 7 different drinks in total and while they were good, they weren?t all that unique (for example, the waitress made me a Penicillin, which was the exact drink I had at Raines but better) or memorable and there was always something a little off (too much lime, too creamy, can?t taste the blackberries, etc). I am not sure who pays for membership to M+H these days but I surely will not! I can email the hostess and get a table at a certain time almost guaranteed; so in a way, getting into M+H for me is easier than getting into Raines, which doesn?t take ressies. Nonetheless, if you do plan to go, bring a stack of cash. This speakeasy don?t do plastic! Pros: Takes reservations, classy place to chat or impress a date Cons: Expected better and more unique cocktails more

Slimy bartender 12/23/2009

It started out nice, but after serving us several stiff drinks the bartender lured my friend to what he claimed was a ""back room"" (there was no back room) and tried to make out with her. Each time she pushed him away and told him she had a boyfriend. He told her that he had recently had sex in the bathroom. She got back to the bar and he made several lewd comments. We didn't realize it was a cash only bar so when we got the bill had to go to an ATM. He whisked her outside to an ATM. This time he was more aggressive, putting his hand where it didn't belong and pushing her hand on him. We paid and left. This occurred Sunday, 12/20. Pros: Individualized drinks Cons: Bartender pushing himself on customers more

Great Drinks Bad Service 4/9/2009

Pros: Drinks Cons: Service more

The Best! 3/23/2009

I miss this place! Wonderful and reminds me of places outside of the US... brings back great memories and there should be more places like this (some uptown please) throughout the city. Pros: Wonderful Experience more

Re: The absolute best 11/29/2008

""The number is no longer unlisted - as Sasha has published it on his website"" more

The absolute best 11/26/2008

There are some firsts in life you never forget. Your first kiss, first fight, first trip to Disneyworld etc. For me, that list definitely includes my first trip to M&H. 2 years, and countless visits later, I have become a regular, but that little feeling of anticipation as I walk through the heavy velvet curtains has not totally vanished. Everything about this place is exceptional. The atmosphere can't be beat, whether you are on a date or just relaxing. All the previous reviews are accurate in that they use fresh squeezed juices, fresh fruit and alot of other goodies that Sasha can get his hands on. The rules are not meant to be pretentious, but to maintain a certain atmosphere. This isn't the kind of place you can drunkenly sing along to ""livin on a prayer"" with your girlfriends. There's nothing wrong with that - but there's a time and a place. You wouldn't conduct yourself the same way if you were eating dinner @ Jean Georges as you would at Applebees, would you? The number is no longer unlisted - as Sasha has published it on his website, and has made 2 of the 6 tables available to the public to reserve (the rest are only available for ""keyholders"") Sure, there are other great cocktail bars in Manhattan. All the guys at M&H work at Little Branch, and are friends with the guys @ PDT, Pegu, D&C etc, so you could get the same drinks there. But for the total experience, M&H can't be beat! more

Finally after a year of serching! 7/31/2008

It took me sadly a year to finally get the secret number and address, but it was well worth the wait! Come with an idea of what kind of tastes you prefer and they will custom tailor drinks to your individual likes. Be warned though the drinks are pretty pricey ($15) but you're also paying for the attention to detail, private ambiance, and exclusivity. Keep hunting for the # cause that's part of the fun! :-) Pros: Exclusive, Secret, Low Light, Best bar in NY! Cons: Little price at $15 a drink more

Milk and Honey is, to say it best, a drinking establishment. 2/17/2008

I consider myself an extremely lucky guy. I live in New York, I have great friends, and I get to socialize at places that you only believe exist in movies. And even with this attitude of appreciating my surroundings, Milk and Honey still exceeded my expectations. I've been there twice, both with very good friends, and I can't tell you how refreshing it was to note have to deal with name dropping, waiting behind the velvet rope, and just enjoying the fact that you are a regular person receiving treatment usually reserved for stars at most places. more

Creative and delicious drinks! 11/29/2007

Okay, so I didn't pay for my drink... so I didn't know it was $15, but I probably would have paid it anyway. This place is uber small and quiet, but the drinks are totally amazing. The exclusivity thing is nice and not nice, but oh well. Pros: Amazing Drinks Cons: Expensive, Exclusive more

Best Drinks in the City. Hands Down 7/6/2007

Milk and Honey is all about adventure. Its about adventuring down some random street in China Town and ringing a doorbell that leads you through two curtains to a 1920?s throwback speakeasy. The next adventure is that of ordering the drinks which all are amazing. Depending on your taste the drinks might be what you like or something you are not too fond of. Regardless, even those that don?t ?do it? for you are still as tasty as they will get. I think one of the best parts of the experience is the drink ordering where you state your drink preference, flavor etc and its up to the bartender. Going to Milk and Honey frequently is always interesting depending on which bartender is on that night (they have several during the week) and I have never had the same drink unless requested. I highly recommend the experience if you are looking for a nice, different and special place to talk and have amazing drink. Additionally, the service is tops in the city. Enjoy Milk and Honey and the gimmicks, as long as you have the number to spare. Pros: Drinks, Service, Atmosphere, Relaxing Cons: 6 person max per party more

Zero Fun 7/3/2007

If fun was a disease, Milk & Honey would definitely be the antidote. The ""secret"" number is not hard to find. The space is small, hot, and uncomfortable. The scene is pretentious and boring. Reservations may or may not be honored. The only redeeming part of the entire experience was the cocktails, which were great. Other than that, the whole experience was completely miserable. Unless you're being paid to go or someone is holding a gun to your head avoid this place like the plague. Pros: Great Drinks Cons: It might be the worst bar in New York. Boring, Terrible Service more


First off, the billing - at least on the milk and honey website and the press reviews - on this place is that it is a members-only club to an extent and it's made out to be fancy, with locations in London and a bar in the French Alps. They also want you to pay #50/$100 to sign-up on their 'waiting list' , and then 'maybe' you'll be selected as a member for an additional #300/$600? I don't think so. It's a tiny hole in the wall, very narrow - anyone can walk in off the street. The clientele is not very fancy at all. Be advised: Soho House it ain't. Pros: well-done original cocktails and courteous staff Cons: we thought it's a misrepresentation from what is being promoted on their website. No CC and high-priced drinks. more

Cocktail heaven 5/1/2007

This place is all that, if you can get in. I've been may times but can only seem to get in with a reservation a day in advance. I've been known to spend hours here. I love the total experience. Thanks MnH!!! Pros: Drinks, quiet NYC space Cons: reservations more

great drinks + great service = perfection 4/16/2007

milk and honey's drinks are $15. fine. however, like many other reviewers on this board, i will confirm that the drinks are worth every sip. i love the fact that milk and honey has been around for a number of years, and that their drink quality, friendly service and atmosphere have not changed. the staff is very knowledgable about all manner of drinks, and the atmosphere is subtle, cool and classy, but has a comfortable, casual feel, as if anyone is welcome (even though, ironically, they make you call a secret number to get in). they can do mostly any drink you ask for, but they are most famous for their muddled fresh fruit cocktails and their changing menu. they might choose fruit that is in season, for example, and base the night's recommendations on those fruits. pina coladas, gin-based drinks, whiskey-based drinks, drinks with muddled blueberry and strawberry . . . they have it all. if you are entertaining someone from out of town, this is a must-do experience. get the number from a friend or coworker and make reservations a day in advance. Pros: delicious, unique drinks, friendly service, good atmostphere Cons: you have to plan if you want to go! more

The absolute best in the city 4/15/2007

I wish I could call it hype, but M&K is just pure quality. The drinks, the service, the allure, the atmosphere... i love it. The service is impecible, and not the slightest bit pretentious as I thought it might be, just down right caring, charming, and warm service. I cam with a group of 4, thinking we would stay for one drink..... we left at 330. I absolutely loved the bourbon cobbler and the rum fizz, dont be shy about ordering. Milk and Honey is a must a go, hopefully it stays secret. Though drinks were 15$ a pop, every sip was worth 30$. Pros: Service, drinks, enviro more

Great drinks and Atmosphere 2/16/2007

Yes... Milk and Honey is a pain to get into, especially if you don't have the phone number. For that matter, it is next to impossible. But let me tell you it is worth all the hardships getting said phone number. I love this place. Bored with the bar scene and not really looking for a pickup spot, I try and make it here at least once every month or so. Usually for special occasions like when a friend is in town. more

The Reason I Love Manhattan! 11/14/2006

I absolutely adore this place. I love coming here with friends or my boyfriend. In fact it's the perfect date and/or double date. The drinks are the most delicious I have ever had...PERIOD! This is a must-do for true Manhattanites :) Pros: Best drinks in Manhattan, amazing atmosphere more
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  • Once buzzed through the unmarked door of this ""tailor shop,"" the lucky few enter a sanctum of hushed reverence. The dimly lit space, which feels trapped in time, has several deep, cozy banquettes...

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    Daily 9pm-4am
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  • Neighborhoods:

    Downtown, Civic Center, Bowery, Lower East Side

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