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Photo: Erin Mosbaugh

Attaboy

Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Address and phone: 134 Eldridge St (212-539-1900)

When bartenders Sam Ross and Michael McIlroy took over the Milk & Honey space from their drink-slinging sensei Sasha Petraske, everyone knew they'd keep making good drinks—the question was, what type of joint would they run? Many drinkers will be pleased to know that Attaboy is essentially M&H without the pomp, pretense, and mandatory reservation system. Whatever you're drinking will be spot on, as it’s all bartender’s choice and Attaboy’s bartenders are undeniably some of the city’s best. When I asked owner-bartender Michael McIlroy for a rum cocktail, he placed an Imperial Buck on the bar top in front of me—it’s a riff on the Dark and Stormy, he explained, with spicy Cruzan Blackstrap Rum, lime, pineapple juice, ginger syrup, and soda. It was both complex and refreshing, with a deep molasses flavor. I was thinking about the Imperial Buck as well as the Tattle Tail cocktail, made with Highland and Islay scotch, honey, and Angostura, well into the next afternoon. This, I have a suspicion, is not an uncommon experience for those who belly up to the bar here. With all the pieces already in place, Attaboy has hit the ground running, preserving 134 Eldridge Street as an essential cocktail destination. — Erin Mosbaugh

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