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The 10 Best New NYC Bars of 2012 (So Far)

7. Booker and Dax

Neighborhood: East Village
Address: 207 2nd Ave.
Website: momofuku.com/restaurants/booker-and-dax

The space next to Momofuku Ssäm Bar has served as an incubator of sorts over the years, housing the first incarnation of Milk Bar, as well as David Chang’s weekday-only duck lunch annex. But the possibility that it could be gone tomorrow isn’t the only reason to hit up Booker and Dax, the latest project to take up residence there. Helmed by food-technology wizard Dave Arnold, the cocktail bar is currently serving some of the most boundary-pushing drinks in the city. Bartenders wield flaming hot pokers, liquid nitrogen and other experimental tools to build your cocktail, mostly to delicious effect. Look out for the Banana Justino, which is rum centrifuged with banana, then served on the rocks. Thank you, scientists.

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