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Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker
As someone who is admittedly rather new to the craft beer/cocktail scene, I must make a confession- this was the bar that opened my eyes to how much fun a proper cocktail bar can be.
The decor is swanky but not pretentious, with a classic 20s/30s feel when you walk in. (An actress friend of mine started pointing out all the 20s design techniques, so if I'm wrong, blame her).
The menu is more upscale than I'm used to in bars and happily seems to change slightly with the seasons- chicken liver & fois gras parfait with toast points was kinda fantastic, the lobster rolls were a welcome surprise, and a few other snacks I can't quite remember did hit the spot (lots of mezcal that night).
The cocktails range from classic (Gibson, Negroni) to daring, to "wow, what is this?" Try the "Whiskey Business" with rye, ancho chile liqueur, cinnamon, lemon, angostura bitters- sweet, spicy and boozy, quite a kick I must say.
If you're in the Union Square area, looking for more than a Bud Light and especially if you're with close friends or a special someone, I definitely say try this place. Just make sure you call ahead, it does get busy after Wednesdays.
Coffee addict and world traveler
One of my favorite cocktail spots in teh city...and one of my go to recommendations for friends going on a first date!
about 1 year ago
BBQ Grill Master, beer lover
Didn't really know much about the bites here, have always gone straight cocktails. Sounds pretty nice though I';ll have to add this to my date spot list.
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Bartender & Captain at Craft
Like its location's predecessor Milk & Honey, Attaboy keeps the super delicious cocktails flowing at the unmarked 134 Eldridge Street. Knock a few times, or maybe give the doorbell a ring if necessary, to enter for a low key, cozy night of boozing. Best part, you don't really have to make any decisions. With no written menu, just let the bartender know what you're in the mood for and they'll whip something up. And, as if they can read minds, it's always just what you were wanting. Cheers!
Sounds really dope -- loved your recommendation for this place! Thanks for sharing!
Sommelier, Restaurant Marc Forgione
The Bennett is one of the newest "speakeasy" style additions to Tribeca. A quieter alternative to Ward III, the interior decor takes me straight into the mind of Fitzgerald and I anxiously await Mr. Gatsby himself to emerge from the back curtain. A large portion of the staff moved over from the sister bar, Raines Law Room, and the standards definitely hold up. From classic cocktails to their creative house recipes, my favorite order consists of a "surprise me" with a side of their beef jerky (their cracker jacks are also....well...crack). This has become one of my new favorite after work haunts for a quiet after work cocktail, although I am anxious to visit them for their day long brunch on Sunday which is gaining great rapport. To top it all off, their wines by the glass don't suck either!
Ruinart Brand Ambassador
If you've never been to the mahogany-clad, old school King Cole Bar, located in the St. Regis, then you're not a real New Yorker. Named for it's massive Maxfield Parrish mural, King Cole was a favorite haunt for cool cats like Dali, Hemingway and Miss Monroe. You won't see bearded mixologists, covered in tattoos, spritzing homemade smoked absinthe bitters on your drinks. You won't have to walk through a hot dog peddling phone booth to find it. What you will find is a team of bartenders who've been at it longer than you've been alive, an eternally classic vibe and maybe a celeb or two. Or, if you find yourself needing something before happy hour hits, try the Bloody Mary. It was invented here, after all.
Wine Consultant at Vignaioli Selection
If you find yourself aimlessly wandering in the West Village, start looking for Upholstery Store. This pint size bar/eatery delivers bright, fresh, and well executed cuisine from hyper-locally sourced markets. It is a seafood and vegetables driven restaurant with the occasional meat dish. Expect the menu to feature items such as Scallops, Striped Bass, Razor Clams, and Oysters based on seasonality as well as local vegetables. The undeniable juggernaut dish of Upholstery Store is their lobster roll. Cold and classically dressed (sort of), it is served on a toasted sweet hot dog bun and topped with pickled celery and apples. Pair the lobster roll with one of the Austrian white wines by the glass. The cocktail program is small but well put together and features variations of classic cocktails. I recommend one of the gin based libations this spring/summer. Upholstery Store has an incredibly fresh menu, diversified wine list, and well executed cocktail program that make it a must-visit for date night, industry night, or any night...
Halcyon / Egan & Sons
There seems to be history in every piece of The Clocktower. From the furniture to the decor, everything in this venue tells a story. The bartenders are pouring delicious creative cocktails and exceptional wine. There is an old British vibe about the place. A collaboration between British Michelin star chef Jason Atherton and acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr, this is a fairy new & swanky space located in the EDITION hotel. I am a fan.
I consider myself a drinking man. No, not in that lifestyle of overindulgence but of having sampled some of the best drinking experiences in the world; but I digress. So I consider myself a drinking man with passions for tasting and learning; I mean hey, "live life like an adventure and your life will be an adventure." And with a selection, clear direction and experience, The Flatiron Room can be an adventure. For drinking, the list says it all. The staff have included some great text book flights with some outstanding representations of style. The food, to me, is all it needs to be. They have what they should and everything I have tried is good. The music is its own seen and I neither consider it a benefit or necessary since with it, The Flatiron Room becomes that destination for an event but without it, the food and drink could do that on its own. Cheers!
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