Apotheke is one of our favourite bars in New York. The name itself exudes Old World mystery...Apotheke means a pharmacy or a drugstore, but also a place to prepare potions and elixirs.
Located on a small street just one block long in Chinatown, in a spot with a long and interesting list of previous tenants---opium den, Chinese opera house, dim sum parlor--- this dimly lit space has a dramatic atmosphere. A very theatrical bar, lots of antique medicine bottles, comfortable sofas...
The cocktail list (actually, it is "A selection of House Prescriptions") features Stress Relievers, Pain Killers, Aphrodisiacs and even Euphoric Enhancers...We were witnesses of the magical powers of a few of these potions. They work.
We really felt we were not in New York anymore. We were maybe in Montmartre, circa 1891. Toulouse Lautrec was joining us for a drink.
9 Doyers Street