Even on cold rainy nights in the East Village, Amor Y Amargo, the bitters tasting room on 6th and Ave A, feels jazzy and warm. Tiny like a Manhattan bedroom and smack dab in the middle of weird Gin Palace and hip, always-crowded Death & Co, Amor Y Amargo’s laid back atmosphere is great for waiting out the long lines at popular Death & Co. But when up to me, I may skip the wait altogether and stay sipping the bitter bar's Grandyman, a dizzying earthy potion of Salers, Nonino Amaro, Scotch, White Rum, and Creole Bitters.
Don’t come here on a budget. It’s on the steeper side of New York City cocktails, ranging from $12-$18 but absolutely worth every penny. Sure the ingredients seem a little shadowy, but have no fear. These craftsmen know what they’re doing and cater to even the most unknowing bitter virgins, recommending friendly cocktails like the Sharpie Mustache, an easy-drinking yet potent concoction of Amaro, Bonal, Rye Whiskey, Gin and tiki bitters that tastes a little like Christmas popery. The curated selection of Latin inspired snacks is good, but I prefer to save money for the drinks. Amor Y Amargo transforms any association bitters once had with nausea, and specializes in bespoke, sexy cocktails, putting whirls on the old fashion and negroni, while also offering snappy, innovative medleys you won’t find elsewhere.