City Guide: New York

diana pittet bitesee writer
By Diana Pittet


Deep in the East Village lies Mace—a unique bar with botanical, spice, and herb influenced cocktails.

It’s no easy feat to distinguish yourself in the craft cocktail world, but that’s what bartending pros Zach Sharaga, Greg Boehm and Nick Nico de Soto have accomplished at Mace. Their concept is a world-to-glass philosophy, with a menu of a dozen cocktails that feature an usual spice or herb, such as the eponymous mace, saffron, coriander, and chia seed. The flavors are the botanical souvenirs of the trio’s global travels, and they inform the light food selection, as well.

The long zinc bar has a good number of stools and few alcove tables appropriately showcase large jars of spices. The modern feel of the space goes completely by the wayside during the winter holidays when the bar transforms into Miracle on 9th Street with over-the-top holiday decorations and fun (a quality missing from many cocktail bars!) drinks served in festive vessels. Located a block east of Tompkins Square Park on Avenue C, Mace is a special place worth walking an extra few blocks for.

Must try:
Unusual Cocktails / Off the Beaten Path
Reservations: No
Hours: Mon-Fri, 5pm - 2am; Sat-Sun, 4pm-2am
Location: East Village
Address: 649 East 9th Street (btwn Avenues B and C)
Phone: (212) 673-1190
  • Subway: F to Lower East Side–2nd Ave, L to 1st Ave
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