SMITH AND MILLS
Till now, late night in lower Tribeca meant two things: barren streets and even more barren bars. Lucky for you and your midnight single malt habit, help is here in the form of proletariat pub Smith and Mills.
The passion project of Employees Only's Matt Abramcyk and Akiva Elstein, Smith and Mills is a tiny (think: walk-in closet), detail-heavy watering hole designed by John McCormick (Moto) to feel like the sort of place where a 1920s Eastern European factory worker could blow off some steam after a hard day hammering steel.
So tiny that you might just miss it, this new Tribeca spot is marked by a single antique bulb with the street number 71 painted in bright red. It's a hint of what's inside - what this bar lacks in space it more than makes up for in detail. Cozy wrap-around banquettes are surrounded by turn of the century architectural drawings and fixtures, including decades-old hardhats.
Inside the non-marked spot, you'll find a diminutive den of working-class touches: male staffers in basic blue workman's jackets, ladies in factory dresses (s..