In the wake of the NY Times article on London's most serious purveyors of proper cocktails, I was wondering who in New York is operating at this level: serious, creative, with an eye on really old school (pre-Prohibition) classics, chef-like use of interesting ingredients, and globetrotting for exotic liquors. Fabulous atmosphere and barware are a plus.
I've been to Pegu Club, Flatiron Lounge, and (though its cocktail craft doesn't live up to the atmosphere) Campbell Apartment. My to-try list includes Milk & Honey, Little Branch, East Side Company Bar. I've seen this thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/335967 ; any other suggestions?