This high-tech cocktail bar next to Momofuku Ssäm Bar is headed by mad scientist–mixologist Dave Arnold, who creates modernist drinks like a Gin and Juice made with clarified grapefruit juice. momofuku.com
When the conversation turns to cocktails, as it often does at Food & Wine, there's one person we listen to loud and clear: Jim Meehan. He's been called many things, including: Bartender of the Year; the bar manager at Manhattan's outstanding PDT; and Deputy Editor of the F&W Cocktail book series. Because this is one of the best times in memory to be drinking great cocktails, we asked Meehan to pick his favorite spots in the country. Here, his picks.