December 1, 2016
Cozy banquettes and plush pillows will make you want to sit down and stay a while.
Guests are greeted by an extravagant white orchid bouquet.
Head mixologist Egor Polonskiy mans the bar.
The Suite 180 ($14), with juniper-infused Corsair Gin, house-made blueberry syrup, citrus, egg white, and mint garnish. The drink name is a nod to The Flat's suite number.
The Xcreamly Hot ($15), with Diplomatico Anejo Rum, coconut milk reduction, pineapple purée, aji amarillo chili peppers, and blackberry.
South of Fifth has a posh new resident in The Flat. Despite its storefront locale, the intimate cocktail lounge gives the feel of a New York speakeasy. Its dimly lit interior flaunts plush black couches and pillowy banquettes, ideal for a long cocktail and conversation session. Mirrored subway tiles surround the expansive bar display, a neon Ray Charles portrait illuminates the house piano, and sexy black-and-white photographs adorn the walls. Behind the bar, Egor Polonskiy whips up more than 40 different cocktails. His creations are soothing and herb-inspired, perfect for pre- or post-nightclub imbibing. To nosh, order a handheld verrine, a type of French appetizer served in a glass. With layered flavors, options include a tuna and beef tartare and beet salad verrine, and a fresh strawberry and mascarpone trifle.