It’s been a long time since I went to four bars in one night. But, when I was in New York City, over the Columbus Day weekend, I felt compelled to try some of New York Magazine’s top-rated bars. I also asked my good friend, Sesolf, for recommendations, and we embarked on the classic bar hop.
(Here’s part one of a two-part post on the night.)
First up, was PDT, or Please Don’t Tell, a speakeasy-style lounge in the East Village. PDT has everything you’d expect – intimate ambience, superb cocktails, and the obligatory secret entrance (you enter through a vintage phone booth located within Crif Dog, a hot dog joint). It was my favorite place of the night. Not only is the place quite civilized (see etiquette rules), the cocktails were inventive and down-right good.
Referred to on the menu as a “Caipirinha Collins,” and it was. Light and refreshing, it was the perfect cocktail to start the night.
Served over ice in a collins glass
- Mae de Ouro Cachaca
- Lime Juice
- Lillet Blanc (similar to vermouth)
- San Pellegrino Limonata
This drink has a thicker consistency and interesting herbal flavors.
Strained and served in a martini glass
- Jose Cuervo Tequila
- Lemon Juice
- Strega (bittersweet herbal liqueur)
- Red Jacket Orchard Apple Jack Butter
The glass is filled with perfect crushed ice and garnished with mint. One trick we learned – flick the mint leaves to release the sweet aroma right before serving.
- Tanqueray Gin
- Krogstad Aquavit
- Pineapple Juice
- Lemon Juice
- Muddled Blackberries
(Next up: a basement bar akin to a rabbit hole, a faux speakeasy.)
What shoes did you wear in the big apple?
Well, since you asked:) I wore these royal blue heels on Saturday night, paired with a short blue dress and grayish tights: http://www.simplysoles.com/product/620. Sounds cute, right? Sadly, I have to return them. After only 3 wears, they are not holding up.
One thing I forgot to mention regarding PDT — in case some of you are interested in checking it out. They accept reservations by phone, one day in advance. Or, you can try stopping by — but, if you do, I recommend going on the early-ish side, around 7 or 8.