Call it the Boardwalk Empire effect, but here's another low-lit cocktail lounge designed to resemble an old-school liquor den. (This one bears a striking resemblance to another brand-new spot, the Experimental Cocktail Club.) Evidently in for 2012 drinking: zebra rugs, plush velvet upholstery, chandeliers, and tufted leather. The very talented Dushan Zaric (Employees Only) is behind drinks such as the White Negroni, with gin, Italian bitters, and lavender-infused white vermouth, while a brief list of edibles ranges from the requisite burger and kale salad to more intriguing-sounding grilled artichoke and lobster turnovers. Bishops & Barons opens Wednesday. See it all for yourself straight ahead.
Bishops & Barons, 243 E. 14th St., nr. Second Ave.