Middle Branch

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Neat cocktails in a quiet Murray Hill space. Interior is classy but no frills: brick walls, original-detail fireplace. Stainless steel bar downstairs, wooden tables up. Familiar sheet of rules explicates no fighting, no making travel arrangements outdoors, no name-dropping. Sasha Petraske’s always-thoughtful cocktail list includes the “Conversation” (white rum, orange bitters, curaçao, and dry vermouth). Small plates and the occasional live jazz as well.