We never thought we'd see a velvet rope at One & One. But there it was, at the top of the stairs, in the place known for its fish and chips (the temptation of which often keeps us away from the bar). Downstairs, is, if not entirely swanky, not the pub upstairs. The cocktails offered are changing-and will continue to do so- but it is definitely cocktails all the way. It's smallish, darkish and loungish. And that is a good thing if you want to cut down on your beer (if you are like us you'd like to look better and someday have a Valentine) but your friends are set on drinking a keg or three dry.
under One & One
76 East 1st Street, at First Avenue