The Fake Gatsby

Address: 20-22 Seventh Avenue S., at Leroy Street
Phone: 212-929-4360
Hours: Daily 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Little Branch
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• Entryway

A flight of stairs marked with a subtle brass plaque.

• Décor

Slightly musty, lantern-lit, high-backed booths, and 1940s photographs.

• Specialties

The refreshing Fruit Cup Rangoon, Little Branch’s version of the Pimm’s Cup, is served with a metal spoon-straw for scooping up fresh blackberries and thin slices of cucumber, and is cooled with a large rectangular ice cube. Oversize ice cubes are a signature ingredient at all of owner Sasha Petraske’s establishments: Bartenders chisel them off blocks as needed so that they fit snugly into glasses. The larger the cube, the slower it melts, which helps avoid a watered-down drink. Note that Little Branch accepts cash only.

• Best Bottle on Shelf

12-year and 18-year vintages of Elijah Craig Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

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