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Little Branch - 22 Reviews - 20 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011, New York, NY - Bars, Pubs & Clubs Reviews - Phone (212) 929-4360

Little Branch

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20 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (at Cross Streets Leroy Street)
New York, NY 10011
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(212) 929-4360
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Best

Just tell them your favorite spirits, mixers, tastes and they'll mix you up a cocktail based on that - they get it right every time!!!! Pros: The cocktails! Cons: Cash onl...

Worst

I've always enjoyed the cocktails at Little Branch. Yes, the blocks of ice are huge, but I appreciate how they're crafted by hand. What I didn't appreciate, however, was our obn...

Intimate Cocktails 6/30/2012

LaughAttack001 Provided by Partner
This very intimate and cozy cocktail establishment is situated on a quiet and unassuming corner in the lower west village. If you’re not careful, ... more

Intimate Space for a Good Drink 1/26/2012

LaughAttack001 Provided by Partner
Little Branch is a great place to go when you want somewhere to grab a good cocktail in an intimate space. The bar downstairs is made up of tables... more

Really Disappointed 9/10/2009

I've always enjoyed the cocktails at Little Branch. Yes, the blocks of ice are huge, but I appreciate how they're crafted by hand. What I didn't appreciate, however, was our obnoxious waiter. Who knows what his problem was, but all I know is that I'll never go back. Pros: Tasty beverages Cons: Snotty waiter, not so little blocks of ice more

Best cocktails in NY! 3/20/2009

Just tell them your favorite spirits, mixers, tastes and they'll mix you up a cocktail based on that - they get it right every time!!!! Pros: The cocktails! Cons: Cash only.. more

Good mood 1/25/2009

I have only been once so I can only give 4 stars, but I liked it a lot. Nicely hidden door, so it doesn't attract drunk loud people. Small place but they don't let it get overcrowded, therefore, better to go on a week night to avoid a long wait outside. Good date place, dim lights, quiet so you can talk comfortably. The drinks are amazing, nicely presented and delicious. The bartender was helpful and friendly. I have been meaning to go back for awhile now. Pros: ambience Cons: can wait long on weekend night more

best cocktails in town 1/6/2009

Definitely a must if you are from out of town...no comparison to Milk n Honey, Pegu Club, Angel's Share, these cocktails are worth every penny!! Pros: great cocktails Cons: seeing gross celebs more

Horrible Attitude and Customers Treated Very Badly 8/4/2008

I've gone to Little Branch off and on for years, and unfortunately, have witnessed its dramatic decline. The change has been so drastic that rumors of it changing hands have been passed around. I've witnessed it change from a classy, underground, chilled-out lounge with custom drinks and great music... to a frat-row, Wall St populated, shadow of a mid-town bar rife with snobs (customers and staff alike). My most recent (and officially last) visit culminated in the ""staff"" yelling at me. Here's the story: Went there on an empty Sunday night with friends. Sat at a booth, ordered, had drinks. While we were leaving, the waiter made a rude comment to one of my friends. When I asked the waiter why he had said that, he told me that our tip wasn't big enough. I was flabbergasted. I asked to speak to the manager and was told that the bartender, waiter and busboy WERE the manager (bad policy to not have someone to reign your staff in when they get out of control). I explained to them that if they expected a certain percentage of tip, they should include it in the ticket. They very loudly and rudely told me to leave, and on the way out, yelled insults at me. I've never been treated like that in even the grungiest bars in NYC, much less one that charges $12 flat rate for every cocktail. If the staff (and ""manager"", I guess) can't make a good hourly rate from a place that charges $12 per cocktail... If they feel the need to insult their customers for being a couple of dollars short of what THEY expected from the tip (not what the service was actually worth)... They should take it up with the owner, not take it out on the customers. If I was the owner (apparently still the same one that owns Milk and Honey), I would re-staff as soon as possible. Treating your patrons like this is always a big mistake... especially in economically hard times. I've recommended Little Branch to people before... never again. Pros: n/a Cons: Horribly Rude Staff, Overpriced Tiny Drinks, Not Worth It! more

What happened? 7/18/2008

The old doorman was half the allure of this bar. He was brilliant, but now there is some Dbag who just kind of stands there and brings little to the table. more

Great Service and Atmosphere. 7/15/2008

I stopped by Little Branch late on a Sunday. There was no doorman. We breezed right in and were sat immediately. There was a great 3 piece band playing, which was a nice surprise. The ambiance was lovely. It definitely felt like a hidden gem! There drinks were quite reasonably priced! $12 for all their specialty drinks and for bartenders choice! I've paid $20 for specialty martinis many times before and not had the quality I had here. Our server was very patient and friendly with us, and ended up only charging us for 1 of our 2 drinks. (The second was non-alcoholic, but all the same!) I loved the atmosphere here and will return again and again! Pros: Ambience, Service, Drinks Cons: Nothing more

Great Drinks, Trendy but Not Obnoxious, Relaxing Spot 3/31/2008

Little Branch is one of those places that I'd never have tried if my friend didn't suggest it. The nearly unmarked on the corner of Leroy and 7th Ave door leads downstairs to a fairly small bar with only a handful of tables -- and sometimes it can take a while to procure one. My group of 4 got to LB around 11:30pm this past Saturday night... we waited on line for around 20 minutes, which was acceptable. I understood that this kind of bar isn't one where you want to be knocking elbows and rubbing against people just to use the restroom. LB does a great job of making sure its customers feel like they are being taken care of and feel comfortable. There's nothing worse (in my opinion) than a small, dark, crowded bar filled with guys groping women looking to get sloppy and hook up -- and I'm a guy so I know what I am talking about. LB is about having a drink, trying something new, and keeping yourself under control... in fact the back of the drink menus tell customers the proper way to enjoy a drink. You won't find people puk*ng in the bathrooms here (thank goodness). Anyway our group waited about a half hour for a table to open up, and then I tried a few drinks in the sweet variety... capirina to start, then two bartender's choice drinks, one of which contained apple brandy. I would never order a drink with apple brandy at a bar, and I never have in the past... but I told the waitress what kind of drink I wanted and she relayed that to the bartender, who created something great. I'll definitely head back to Little Branch to try some more interesting drinks and to relax with friends at a cool place. I'm really tired of following people I know to bars where the goal is to get drunk and pick up random girls. Little Branch is a lot better than those places, it's not packed inside, and it is low-key but still trendy. All that combined with excellent drinks makes for a great experience. (5 Stars if I didn't have to wait on line.) Pros: Awesome Drinks, Not Crowded, Low-Key but Trendy, Great Space, Not Your Typical Spot Cons: Short Line at the Door (Understandable), Pricey Drinks more

Not so much ice please! 11/25/2007

I went to Little Branch last night with two friends. We got there early (around 8pm) and easily got a table, which was great - as two hours later, there was a long line outside the door and only standing room at the bar. The atmosphere of the bar is okay, but the decor and low ceiling gives an extremely cramped feeling. I had hear through reviews that their drinks were above avergae but found them to be overpriced glasses of ice. I ordered one drink that had crushed ice and there was really not much room for the drink - WAY too much ice. For the price of the drinks, you would think you could get more alcohol. Pros: Cozy, intimate Cons: Price, Very little for the $, cramped more

One rock 9/1/2007

Went there with a friend last night. Nice, cozy and a very knowledgeable bartender. I ordered whiskey on the rocks with a splash of water. He actually took the time to show me how much water he was pouring in so I could stop him as I saw fit. And it was with one rock. Great. Probably not the best place to go on weekends as it got sort of loud around 11pm. WIll try again during the week. more

Always a great option 8/29/2007

Since Milk and Honey has been closed for close to a month, I've been to Little Branch a few times and have been quite impressed. Though it's not as intimate as M&H the vibe is very similar, the service phenominal, and the drinks to die for. The doorman that lingers outside on Fri and Sat nights can be a bit rude. Pros: Drinks, Service, Atmosphere Cons: Doorman more

interesting place 7/18/2007

Little branch is a great place if you're looking for a mellow place to chat with some friends and try interesting drinks. Apparently drink making is an artform here, and I do have to say I was pretty impressed. I ordered both the bee's knees and the bee's kiss which are honey and rum based concoctions. Good if you like sweet drinks. The bee's knees had a shot of cream and some nutmeg in it which made it decadent and creamy. mmmm We also tried the mint julep (average) and the dark and stormy which is a ginger beer based with rum. Really good and refreshing if you like ginger. \r \r The only thing about this place is that the drinks are so freaking pricey and the staff is a bit cold...I guess that is the standard for NYC but it's still a shock when after an hour of sipping you realize you've just spent $80 on liquids and the waiter hasn't so much as said hello. Pros: yummy drinks, mellow vibe Cons: expensive! service is off, unfriendly staff more

Great 5/19/2007

This place is pretty great. The drinks are expensive but it makes up for it with the atmosphere. Great. Pros: Atmosphere Cons: Price more

Best Mojito! 2/24/2007

I came here with my boyfriend and loved it! There drinks are to die for and its such a cute romantic place. the only draw back was that we had to wait 45 min for a table but that doesnt stop us from going back we just try to get there eairler Pros: Great Drinks Cons: long wait time for tables more

if you want to impress others with your knowledge of nyc underground circuit, head to Little Branch 12/5/2006

great drinks great service, great atmosphere. Its sexyness is alluring along with its live jazz throughout the night. Great for a date spot or a evening with a small group. Pros: you will not be dissapointed more

Just Go 9/27/2006

Unpretentious, relaxed, and intimate. The perfect bar to have an actual conversation with someone and the kind of space that you can sit in for hours. The dim lights, low ceilings and cozy booths set the mood and the smooth cocktails put this place over the top. If you like Gin, I recommend the Old Maid or Aviation. The bartenders are extraordinary. Pros: Atmosphere, Drinks, Relaxing Cons: Prices ($12 cocktail and glasses of wine), but can be worth it more

Fantastic Cocktails 8/13/2006

Little Branch has the same cocktails as Milk & Honey and they are the best cocktails in New York. Relaxing sit-down cozy atmosphere without having to call ahead for reservations. Enough said. Pros: Fantastic signature drinks, impeccable service. Cons: May not be to everyone's taste. more

Fun drinks with unpretentious staff 8/1/2006

Unlike other trandy the bars, I found the waitstaff to be very friendly and approachable. The drinks were good but way too overpriced for what they were. The booths are good to catch up with some friends, but it's not really indicative to meeting/seeing other people at the bar. I'd go back but probably won't make it a local favorite of mine. more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    A perilous flight of stairs initiates drinkers into a strikingly bare room, accented by a corrugated metal ceiling, unadorned walls and a distressed concrete floor. A...

  • 9/22/2005 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Daily 7pm-3am
  • Payments:

    Cash
  • Neighborhoods:

    West Village, Downtown
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