And here it is, Tuesday and once again the most happening spot in the area. The folded windows draw back in a fan and the heavy, all glass entryway is pinned open. I’ve got to try this place; it’s constantly crowded with people of all ages and you can hear it from a block away. Today it’s a little more calm and the perfect time to try it out. Walking in is like the scene of a movie. The ceiling opens and draws back wide with the bar as a central point ahead. Seats are sparse, conversation is boisterous and hip jazz in the background is making everything a little more dlightful.
I make my way up to the bar and am happy the primary menu turns out to be nothing but drinks. It’s a slick trifold with options: House, Classics, Friends. The House concoctions are created here and strive to hit areas of your taste buds you’ve long since forgotten. Succulent flavors, cooling effects, acidic bites and sometimes texture get’s brought into the mix.
The Classics come from different historic time frames. Browsing the list shows recipes dating from 1888-1954. So this is what my great, great, grandparents had? Cool. Deshler, Rittenhouse rye, Dubonnet Rouge, Cointreau, bitters… wow! Served with a twist of lemon. Some of these drinks should be revived as modern comebacks.
The Friends portion, while last, was truly my favorite. In a nod to greatness they’ve borrowed unique drinks created by specific bartenders at specific bars in other areas of the country. I can only imagine these are the favorites of lengthy travels. Is Brooklyn, San Diego, or Las Vegas your favorite? Mine was from Atlanta, GA called the El Rosario from Paul Calvert at Victory & Paper Plane. Nova Fogo cachaca, lime, Fernet Branca, and agave nectar combine with a mint leaf and topped with pepper for some serious spice that finished cool.
Ready for a (disgustingly) awesome fact? Each of the trio has a party bowl option which serves “4-6 people” for an easy $54.
As for the environment… The mood is mellow and would be a great spot for a date if it weren’t quite so loud and busy. Perhaps the weekdays are the ideal time to go. Silent movies are projected onto the wall above you and it seems to most certainly be some cheesy 70’s/80’s flick you’ve never heard of. Depending on who you are, be wary of the somewhat trendy crowd. Depending on the night they can be extremely pleasurable or just a hair pretentious. One thing to be said is the varied styles of folk though. The group of 80 yr olds are laughing it up just as boisterously as the 21+ crowd. A perm the color of a freshly painted fire hydrant sat next to me, rocking some bright gold-plated earrings that say “BOSS”. Radical.
Lastly, let’s talk bites. The selection spans only 10 items (Yes, that includes appetizers and desserts) and ranges from $4-16. I was happy paying that for this food. The tuna tartar looks as great as it tastes; plated with sesame oil and fruit crisp that’s crisp and fresh. The Italian meatballs are nothing short of amazing, holy cow! Every bite is sweet, savory, and bold. Be careful sharing because there are 5 meatballs and that means you’ll be fighting for the last. Of course I’ll save the best for last… this gazpacho is simply the absolute best I’ve tasted. It was the favorite of everyone at the table.