East Village speakeasy PDT opens pop-up on 86th floor of the Empire State Building

May 13, 2022

Photo courtesy of the Empire State Building

One of New York City’s favorite speakeasies has opened at one of the world’s most famous buildings. PDT (Please Don’t Tell)–the cocktail bar hidden behind a phone booth in the East Village hot dog joint Crif Dogs–is operating a pop-up on the 86th-floor of the Empire State Building this month. In addition to enjoying sweeping city views and stellar signature drinks, guests can chow down on hot dogs from Crif Dogs.

Located at the iconic skyscraper’s 86th-floor observatory, the pop-up’s cocktail menu includes a Mezcal Mule, Benton’s Old Fashioned, Green Light, and Mint Condition, a non-alcoholic option. Classic hot dogs from Crif Dogs include the Everything Dog with cream cheese, scallions, and everything bagel seasoning, and a plain or veggie dog.

During the month of May, PDT is open at the Empire State Building Monday through Friday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. To access PDT, you’ll have to buy tickets to the 86th-floor observatory, which costs $44 for adults.

Calle San Marcos; Photo Credit: Jean Schwarzwalder

The cocktail bar’s East Village location is gearing up for the summer season with a new outdoor pop-up on St. Mark’s Place. Coinciding with the 15th anniversary of PDT, the pop-up, dubbed Calle San Marcos, opens on Friday, May 13, with creative cocktails that incorporate Mexican ingredients and were inspired by bartender Victor Lopez’s hometown of Puebla. Expect tequila-based drinks paired with tater tots and hot dogs with a kick.

PDT’s Calle San Marcos is open Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. all summer long.


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