Veloce Club is a teeny tiny space hidden by thick drapes, but if you get past that you find a fantastic little hideaway, a 1950s cocktail throwback with leather banquettes, Sinatra on the playlist and a wickedly good Americano on the drink menu. Frederick Twomey (Bars Carrera and Veloce) opened it with the intention of offering REALLY excellent classic cocktails in a rich, handsome room with deep booths and simple eats. The cocktails are so well-done and the food is much better than it even needs to be (we had burrata flown in from Italy that morning and a deliciously crisp panini). This is great for when you a) have a hot date, b) don’t want to be seen with your date for various reasons or c) are totally fed up with the crowds at every other bar in Nolita. Whatever your reason, this place is a great bet.
Veloce Club, 17 Cleveland Place in Soho/Nolita. Get more info on nymag.com