This Sexy Cocktail and Oyster Bar Is Reminiscent of NYC’s Roaring Twenties Era

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New York City’s Prohibition Era days are fascinating. From clandestine speakeasies tucked inside barber shops to grandeur parties like the ones depicted in The Great Gatsby, the idea of the Roaring ’20s is intoxicating in itself. For a trip down memory lane, imagining life during this period, The Tusk Bar is the place to be.

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Stepping into the venerable walls of the Evelyn Hotel, a landmark established in 1905, a timeless aura permeates the convivial cocktail and oyster lounge hidden behind dramatic drapes. Upon entering, guests are met by a grand 16-seat bar clad in elegant Rosso Launa marble, enticing them to settle in for a drink (or two). At the same time, intimate corners adorned with plush floor sofas and tables featuring chic coffee table books foster an ideal scene for late-night conversations. 

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An earth-toned palette envelops the dimly lit lounge, emphasized with rust and walnut hues complemented by pops of shimmering gold, olive green, and powder blue accents. Delicately weaving throughout the space is an Art Deco-inspired mural by Erika Langstroth, along with unique artworks—including a taxidermied ostrich—heightening its eclectic ambiance.

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Perusing the cocktail menu to fully immerse oneself in the ambiance of the Prohibition-era aura, a slew of well-made libations captures one’s attention. For gin lovers, consider indulging in Upon Arrival, which comprises Hendricks gin, local elderflower, shiso, yuzu, cucumber, and tonic, or explore one of their creatively crafted martinis. (We recommend the Oceanside Vesper, crafted with Boatyard gin, Grey Goose vodka, Lillet, nori, and samphire.) Those feeling adventurous should try Hail Caesar, stirred with Clamato, soy, fermented chili, cilantro, lemon, and your choice of spirit: the soy adds an intriguing salty flavor, unlike any cocktail we’ve tasted thus far.

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While one could sip the night away, The Tusk prides itself on being both a cocktail and oyster bar, with top-notch food offerings we’d be remiss not to mention. From freshly shucked Half Dozen East Coast Oysters—paired with fermented chili mignonette, horseradish, and a lemon slice—to the Tuna Tartare—served with Kaluga caviar, manzanilla olive, and chive—you can’t go wrong with the seafood and raw bar selections here. Sharable plates, including the 18-24 month-aged Italian prosciutto and the fried chickpea fritters accompanied by a dip-worthy Thai basil aioli, are notable dishes we’d add to the bill. One last thing: if you don’t order the Wagyu Steak Prego Sandwich, you’re missing out on the best food item without question.

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With its mid-century cocktail party attitude fused with its swanky Deco-inspired design, The Tusk Bar exudes an energy that NYC’s NoMad neighborhood has been yearning for.

Top Takeaways

Location: NoMad District, New York City

Address: 7 E 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

Cuisine: Cocktail & Oyster Bar

Price Point: $$

Takes Reservations: Yes – OpenTable

The vibe: A glamorous cocktail lounge combining timeless elegance with mid-century flair, reminding guests of New York City’s Roaring Twenties era.

Our favorite thing on the menu: Aside from the East Coast oysters, you can’t miss the Wagyu Steak Prego Sandwich, comprising Australian Wagyu, ciabatta, garlic, and onion. It’s a mouthwatering delight, and we’re getting hungrier by the second just thinking about it.

The attire: Smart casual

Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner: The Tusk Bar is open nightly from 4 pm to midnight.

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