A lot has been made of the newly restored Minetta Tavern in Greenwich Village. It's all deserved. At least from a cocktail p.o.v.
Take the Kill-Devil Punch for example. Diplomatico Rum from Venezuela, Dumante Pistachio Liqueur (yes, Pistachio!), citrus juice, AND dark rum-soaked raisins.
Service was cordial, enthusiastic even. I was there with some of the cast from a neighboring theatre production. It was a Sunday afternoon so I didn't have to deal with any of the noise that the reviews for the Minetta have complained about. One review said it was the noisiest restaurant he/she had ever been in.
Isn't that why Sunday afternoons in bars were created?