25 N. Moore St
New York, NY 10013
Brandy Library is the perfect spot to unwind after work, whet your appetite before dinner, spend an evening wining and dining, have dessert and a cognac, or have the time of your life after everyone else has gone to bed. You'll find us well-stocked and willing, (7 days, 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday).
you can find it nowhere else, you'll find that rare spirit,
say, a 1945 Darroze armagnac, Pierre Ferrand cognac 1914, or
a Springbank 1969 single malt at the Library, as our
collection amasses more than 900 bottles. Oh, and a menu of
100 signature and classic cocktails, carefully chosen wines
(still and sparkling) and beers, and a decadent selection of hors d'oeuvres. Who
says you can't please everyone?
Our cuisine is decadent indeed, hot, cold, sweet, savory,
and all-encompassing. Where else can you get Malai Tikka,
house Cognac-cured foie gras, creme brulee, fresh eclairs,
or warm chocolate cake with a molten center, and more, at 4
in the morning?
Doctors say that feeling "choiceful" is the key to good mental health, but if having too many options makes you anxious, fear not! With our Spirit School you'll become an expert in no time. Like many industry professionals before you, you'll taste some of the finest elixirs on the planet, and learn all about the who, what, when, where, why and how. Pretty soon, you'll be the one choosing for your friends.
Brandy Library also boasts its own Spirit Sommeliers, who not only can help you select an exquisite libation worthy of your hard-earned money, but can also tell you about the colorful history and the painstaking craftsmanship you're sipping.
We've been hosting lots of parties during the last 6 years of business, and we're looking forward to hosting many more! Corporate parties, presentations, personal celebrations, customized group tastings with friends or clients, and alumni mixers - all have found a conducive and convivial home here. We'll even do your R.S.V.P.'s
You'll be able to have conversation like grown-ups and escape the ubiquitous drone of ambient music, as we like to play jazz on our iPod, and no, we don't mean Kenny G. If you like it live, join us on Monday nights when we feature Joel Forrester on piano, 8-midnight.
As if food, drink, and conversation weren't interesting enough, we also have an extensive library of books on hand should you want to study further on the subject of spirits. Help yourself to one while you indulge in one of our tasting flights, say the Singles of Speyside or The Goodies of Gascony, to enhance your experience and become a real know-it-all.
For those of you who are regulars and know how proud we are to be different, skip these paragraphs
But if you happen to check this website out as you are about to offer patronage, please read the following statements, as it might help you understand who we are. Here are a few hints to make your visit an even more pleasant one, plus a few rules from your diligent Librarians.
From Tuesday through Saturday, we strongly suggest reservations. We do not wish to overcrowd the place and like to keep our guests seated, including at the bar. Moreover, our certificate of occupancy sets the limits that we must absolutely respect. Due to the limited seating capacity, we will guarantee you a table if you call ahead. Make sure to provide us with a cell phone number and to give us a ring in case you are running late. Brandy Library does not aim at being a hot spot or a passing trend, so do not take this reservation policy as a sign of attitude; we just like to give the drinks the chance to be fully appreciated. There is no reason why sipping a fine bourbon should be any different from having a great meal in an upscale restaurant.
Our host will do our best to accommodate your party as you walk in, will ask you if you have a reservation or not, and whether you'd rather seat at a table or imbibe at the bar if you do not have one. And if we happen to turn you away, it is certainly not because we do not want the business, but precisely because we want to stay in business and keep offering the right ambiance and the ideal atmosphere to whoever is in. Do not get mad either if you are denied seats: we make sure to reserve tables for the patrons who called ahead and no, it is not OK to seat there "until they come".
We can only accommodate groups no larger than 6 guests on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and will not let 2 two different reservations gather and the total guest count get over six. Obviously, we are looking for the comfort of all other guests and large groups tend to get loud. However, we will not charge you an arm and a leg if you want to throw a party here: the lower level is ideal for small gatherings up to 40 guests. We won't ask for a room rental, but work on a minimum purchase guaranteed or a standard party rate, on a "per person and per hour" basis.
Brandy Library offers a relaxed atmosphere, but we appreciate when our guests respect the beauty and the elegance of the surroundings by refraining from removing your shoes, putting your feet on the furniture (including what you are sitting on) or mistreating our property in any way.
As in any library, please avoid using loud and/or vulgar language and, though it does prove a challenge in our romantic setting, keep public displays of affection within the bounds of good taste. And in order to avoid any confusion, we like to forbid more than one person to enter the restrooms at a time.
We aim at providing our guests with the most pleasurable time...possible, within reason and legal regulations: we will not serve a person who walks in inebriated to the point of losing ability to think and act straight. And knowing that alcohol has devastating effects on the youth, we set the minimum drinking age at 25 years old. Brandy Library is a mature place for mature people, with a strong grasp on is civilized entertainment. And we try to carry this image outside to the porch where a few seats allow you to indulge in your smoking pleasures...in the quietest way in respect to our neighbors. Outdoor seating is over at Midnight, everyday.
Brandy Library has no "dress code": one does not need to wear a Tuxedo or even a suit and tie to patronize, but this is not carte blanche to any sort of attire: we will turn away anyone whose outfit is disrespectful or insulting in any way. We keep a coat check facility to help you unwind at your ease and sit comfortably without having to worry about a wrinkled trench coat or a damaged briefcase. As a matter of fact, we will insist on checking your coat and bags, although you won't have to if you don't like to. But remember that drinks get spilled sometimes.
Tribeca is a family-friendly neighborhood and many restaurants and even bars cater to babies-and-strollers with parents. But Brandy Library is a bar where mostly hard liquor is served and the lights are low...and it is just not a place for babies!
Last but not least, you will notice our piano located between the bar and the fireplace: it is for the single use of Joel Forrester, whose melodies can be enjoyed most Monday nights. It might represent a temptation to your fingers, but we'll be grateful if you can resist...On that musical note, let us add that we are proud to play background standard jazz the rest of the week and we hope you enjoy it. If the tunes are not to your liking, feel free to make a statement of it to our management and we'll try to add your suggestions into our play lists.
Generally speaking, all comments are truly welcome; you can even do so anonymously from this website.
Sincerely at your service!
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