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Amy is a bartender who knows what she's talking about.
Booker and Dax is the sort of place where you walk in the door and surrender yourself to the staff. It's not likely that you'll look through the menu and find a single cocktail that has a list of ingredients you're entirely familiar with. You'll see phrases like "milk washed" "justino" and "acid-adjusted." Ingredients from mushrooms to fresh powdered basil to berries picked off of a tree right in the lower east side. Somehow, the vast majority of cocktails remain approachable. If you're in the mood for a classic, Booker & Dax makes the best. martini. anywhere, which they bottle prediluted and serve freezer-cold. This is a great place to take a date because when the conversation gets awkward you can just be like, "THESE DRINKS, AMIRITE?" and she'll be like "YOU ARE RIGHT!" I highly recommend sitting at the bar. The staff are super friendly and they put on a great show. Try a drink from each section of the menu and, of course, enjoy the bar snacks that come from the adjoining ssäm bar kitchen.
NYC bartender & specialty cocktail creationist
This was hilarious! I've been here once but when I had already had a few too many...I see them in a new light!
over 1 year ago
Marketing consultant, food network voyeur
I live right by here and have never been in, and now I feel like a fool! It sounds awesome!
April is a mixologist, a veteran cocktail instructor, and owner of Swig + Swallow cocktail batching + delivery service.
Yay! I used to work here actually! They kill it- Dave A is brilliant, and they do a great job of doing serious things in a really friendly laid back way.
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Mace is a relative newcomer to the New York cocktail scene, having opened in March in the old Louis 649 space in Alphabet City. However, in this case 'new' doesn't mean inexperienced, as co-owner and head bartender Nico de Soto is well pedigreed in the cocktail world, having worked at all three Experimental Cocktail Clubs, in New York, Paris, and London. Thematically the menu is spice-focused, featuring cocktails like the namesake "Mace" (aperol, aquavit, beet juice, orange acid, young Thai coconut cordial, mace mist), and "Black Pepper" (bacon-fat washed vodka, watermelon shrub, verjus, black pepper tincture, soda), but perhaps even more interesting is deSoto's use of 'traditionally' culinary ingredients like soy sauce, shiitake mushrooms and olive oil in his cocktails. Innovative and delicious.
Lawyer, craft beer aficianado
I originally came here thinking it looked like a great date spot, but was really surprised by the cocktails. They whipped up some great off-menu stuff as well, really knowledgable guys behind the bar
Mother first, chef second
Such a nice description, I loved reading this. Thanks April!
Thanks Kristin:):) and yes Shiloh, an unassuming exterior and delicious drinks!!
Ho Ho Kus
Corporate Beverage Director
Sant Ambroeus, Felice Wine Bars, Regency Grill, Casa Lever
If you are truly a cocktail aficionado then this is the place for you, they change their cocktail program every season and have some of the most cutting edge cocktails around. Innovative menu layout broken down by shaken and stirred makes this place well worth the trip downtown. last years winner best cocktail program in the WORLD by tales of the cocktail out of new Orleans.
Aspiring chef, food blogger
I loved this writeup! Have been meaning to go here for a long time, it sounds fantastic!
Pakistani private chef
I have heard mucha bout the dead rabbit but really loved the background. Had no idea they were known on that kind of national scale!
New York City
Co-founder of RoundTable
For those of you who never venture there, Avenue C has some incredible bars, and The Wayland is at the very top. The bartenders are friendly and knowledgable, and there's none of the stuffiness or pretension you find at many of the great cocktail lounges. It's hard to go wrong on their list, but two of my favorites are the "I Hear Banjoes" with apple pie moonshine, rye whiskey and applewood-cinnamon bark smoke, as well as the "Garden Variety Margarita" with ginger & kale juice, agave nectar and a smoked sea salt rim. They also feature easygoing live music on some weeknights. A great destination in the east village.
Restaurant & Bars Manager with Starwood
I came across this place by accident, just trying to get out of the rain one night. The menu is very simple considering the majority of cocktails are bespoke. I love walking in and telling the bartender the random flavors I want in my drink with any ingredient, and viola, 5 minutes later I have the most amazing cocktail.
Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between
Not an area of the city I know well so this will come in handy at some point I'm sure. I just read more about them looks really interesting!
When life gives you limes, just add tequila
It's an amazing experience when you find bartenders who are able to consistently pull this off well. I'll check em out!
Food is joy, joy is food
Nice recommendation I really enjoyed this!
Life is too short to skip dessert
Very nice thanks Alex! Do they have any cocktails from the menu you'd recommend or is bespoke the way to go?
Culinary Manager at The Brooklyn Kitchen
Absolutely love this place for divine and unique cocktail. With all the housemade mixers, creative garnishes, and unusual liquors I know I can always be happily surprised when I order something new. The environment is a great mix of chic and laid-back, and the cocktail and food menu are quite affordable for the neighborhood!
Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!
Chic, laid back and great cocktails. I'm sold. Thanks for the great rec!
about 1 year ago
Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat
Not all restaurants have a bar program that reflects the concept and the menu of the restaurant. That's one of the many things we admire about Mission Chinese. This cocktail in the photo has gin, coconut, kaffir lime, ginger, lemongrass, fry Tianjin chili and sesame oil and it's bomb (yes, I know Thai is not Szechuan but...). Thinking about the cocktail just reminds me how much I've been wanting to go back!
I just ate here last week, one of the best meals I've had in months. So many interesting dishes. I will also be going back here, I did a bottle of wine last time but I'll be sure to try the cocktails next time!
New Jersey Restaurant Association 2013 Restaurateur of the Year, New York native, New York University, Dartmouth College,
Unlike others, this wonderful place doesn't focus too heavily on the classics. They experiment a lot! Not every experiment turns out wonderful, but I do enjoy the out of the box thinking!
Art Director, Design, UX
This is definitely where you will find many of the bartenders and mixologists in the city.
Sommelier, Restaurant Marc Forgione
Boiler Makers are back in fashion, and I don't think anyone is doing it better than the beverage team at DBGB. They now offer a well thought out, unique menu of craft boiler makers that range from Amaro Montenegro with IPA to Del Maguey Mezcal with some rich Italian beer called Maledetta. The spirit and beer are served with their own individual glasses, with a third glass for blending, giving you a chance to taste everything seperately and blend based on your own personal preference. It's a bugey beer and a shot and I am all for it. Fair warning: A single boiler maker is famous for making me feel all warm and fuzzy...if you want to try a few I recommend bringing friends!
SoCal native, freelance writer
Nothing wrong with warm and fuzzy! It is winter after all :)
Line cook, just moved to NYC
One of my favorite spots in the neighborhood! I will be getting a boilermaker next time I'm there!
Very cool! Will give me a fun drink to try next time I go back!
Current wine rep for Savio Soares Selections and bartender at Sweet Chick Ludlow. Past lives include The Modern, Craft and Raines Law Room.
I'm adding Bar Goto mainly because they made the impossible possible. I drank an entire Umami Mary here. That just doesn't happen for me. Kenta (formerly of Clover Club) has created his own version of a Bloody Mary, which adds miso, shiitake mushrooms, lemon, tomato and Clamato. It works. There's also the Sakura Martini, garnished with a cherry blossom. I guarantee that you've seen many an instagram post of it . It's a perfect blend of sake and gin with a dash of maraschino. I also need to give a special shout out to those miso wings, because they are bonkers and I'm in love with them. It's also great to have a variety of Okonomi-yaki to choose from. Take some friends and try them all!
Art Director, wine lover, passionate about all things culinary
I almost shuddered when I first heard the name Umami Mary, but enough people have said good things about it that it seems like its worth a go.
Web developer with a Korean BBQ obsession
This was awesome, loved reading your post. Definitely a spot Ill check out. Thank yoU!
perfected the art of eating
Looks and sounds really cool. It looks like a pretty small space though is it tough to get a reservation here similar to places like PDT?
about 1 year ago
I have no idea about reservations. It's fairly small, but it has a thoughtful layout that maximizes the space.
about 1 year ago
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