Behind a large surreptitiously unmarked door on East 6th St. stands a tall, handsome man with a clipboard. Approach him confidently and he’ll take your name and phone number, promising to call you when a table opens (sometimes in a while), after which you will be left to your own East Village devices. But the wait is worth it—once your phone buzzes with your official invitation inside, some of New York City’s best cocktails and unique small plate menus awaits at Death & Co. Entering the modern, sleek—but warm and inviting—speakeasy, you’ll find a large, elegant bar alongside rows of tables. Dimly lit but certainly not dingy, the ambiance is reminiscent of the perfect date—excellent cocktails and minimal food. Personal favorites: The Monroe, the Macaroni & Cheese spoons.