Neighborhood: Murray Hill
Address: 154 East 33rd St.
Murray Hill is more than a little douchey (a quick glance at our list of NYC's douchiest bars confirms this). It was with open arms, then, that many welcomed the arrival of Middle Branch, the spin-off of the excellent Little Branch. The decor is simple, classic; the cocktails are elegant, respectable. Have an East Side (gin, lime, cucumber, mint) brought to your table upstairs, or mill at the bar below. Quiet and calm, the perfect place to unwind after work, Middle Branch is a welcome addition to a neighborhood in need.