Copper & Oak
While summer in the city is all about spritzers and rooftops, during the bone-chilling New York winter nothing warms the cockles quite like a tumbler of barrel-aged whiskey. And, fortunately for Gothamites, the blustery autumn winds have brought with them a new single malt sip spot in the guise of Copper & Oak, a snug scotch library on the Lower East Side that’s ready to lubricate your gullet with a 600+ strong selection of top-notch amber nectars from around the world.
With ladder-lined shelves made from old barrels and an ethereal golden glow throughout, entering the Allen Street space feels not unlike slipping into a bottle of Ben Nevis – a tight fit but smooth and sensuous. Pull up one of the eight copper-backed bar perches and peruse the touchscreen menu of established classics from Scotland and Ireland alongside all-American brews like Four Roses bourbon and what owner Flavien Desoblin (also of Tribeca’s Brandy Library) assures is the largest collection of Japanese whiskey in the US, ranging from the entry-level citrussy Suntory Yamazaki Puncheon right up to a rare, robust 1981-84 Karuizawa. Those that can’t tell a Dalmore from a Dalwhinnie can get plenty of pointers from the expert servers, or, if all that peat puts you off, try a softer Singani sweetened with elderflower syrup – sound Oak-K?
157 Allen St / Lower East Side / +1 212 460 5546 / 5pm-1am Wed-Sat