Venturing beyond the Manhattan and Brooklyn nightlife scene gets you two rewards: lower booze prices and far more room to spread out. That’s particularly true at Dutch Kills out in Queens, where the masterful bartending is better than you’ll find at most of the city’s boîtes (just tell a staffer what flavors you like, and they’ll create the perfect cocktail for you on the spot), and the high-ceilinged space has more than enough room at the bar, plus comfy British-style wooden snugs (booths), easily big enough for a party of six. Bar snacks are by M. Wells (see p. ###), another major plus. Dutch Kills is within walking distance of several of the Queens hotels recommended on this website.
- Pauline Frommer