All Aboard the Ship Around the Corner. 

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Where can you learn to fly, play in sports, and skin dive? In the navy, of course. But, when that’s not an option, turn to The Ship NYC, a pseudo-secret basement bar in SoHo.

 

Located on the opposite end of the block from NoMo SoHo, it’s easy to miss this underground speakeasy, hidden on Lafayette and Grand. Find the threshold to this underground ship by spotting a single flag sprouting from an unmarked black door between unsuspecting shops.

 

Once you spot the off-the-beaten-path entrance, head down the steps and explore two floors of a subterranean world below. The nautical-themed bar is decorated with reclaimed and repurposed materials (and some artifacts). Artfully rusted ship parts act as light fixtures, and the booths are covered in salvaged U.S. Navy fabric.

 

Look across the dim-lit room.

 

Behind the bar, you’ll see proof that you are indeed underground — windows boast exposed brick and rock façade views.

 

Try tasteful twists on classic cocktails that cater to your palate’s liking. All you have to do is tell the bartenders what kind of liquor and flavors you prefer. Then, they’ll whip you up something interesting AND delicious.

 

The bartenders are patient with newcomers and happy to explain every drink on the menu if they have to. Oh, and the majority of cocktails on the menu are made with four ingredients or less.

 

Soak up your consumed spirits with light bites and shareable plates, including Kalbi Sliders and Slow-Cooked Octopus. Fridays and Saturdays get pretty busy, but Sunday through Tuesday there’s a steady flow of much smaller crowds. You’ll feel comfortable in both casual or upscale clothing. The semi-private atmosphere is great for a first date or impressing NYC first-timers.