09/23/2010 03:33 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Classic Cocktails In NYC (PHOTOS)

By Melanie Berliet, Citysearch

Almost every New York bar now offers a specialty cocktail menu, but hard-line cocktail purists measure a bar's merit by the quality of its classic cocktails. Masterpiece martinis and gimlets are simple but rare, and perfectly made old-fashioneds, daquiris and sazeracs are scarcer still, but we've found five New York bars where traditional recipes and time-honored technique get the respect they deserve, and you get the classic cocktail you came for.

Classic Cocktails in NYC (PHOTOS)