Daintree, an intimate cocktail lounge and rooftop bar with an Australian-American influence, has opened on the top floor of Hotel Hendricks (25 West 28th Street). Flushed with greenery, the cocktail lounge features an antique mirrored-bar, vibrant plush seating and woven accents, while lively custom wallpaper from PaperWhite Studio lines the staircase to Daintree’s intimate 70-seat rooftop terrace on the hotel’s 29th floor.
Helmed by Gates Otsuji and Tristan Brunel of Controlled Substances, Daintree’s robust beverage program spotlights whimsical, contemporary renditions on American classics. Signature cocktails include The Ringleader, a mezcal-based cocktail with lapsang souchong tea to balance the rich tannins and smoke, amari and tangerine peel; Room At The Top, featuring spiced pineapple-infused vodka, cranberry gin and cocchi rosa, served up with a chili-sugar rim; and Dream Sequence: Dream Lovers, made with Monkey 47’s botanical-forward gin, ambrato vermouth, housemade pickled strawberry brine, ginger and sansho pepper. In addition, a curated wine list with a distinctly Australian perspective and an expansive spirits collection are also available.
A limited selection of playful bar snacks and raw bar items are also on hand. Tempting dishes include Chicken Salt & Seaweed Popcorn with a signature housemade seasoning’ East Coast Oysters with yuzu mignonette, smoked trout roe and sea bean; Whipped Lemon Ricotta with Balthazar bread, chili crisp and fresh herbs; and a Steak Katsu Sando with Tonkatsu sauce, milk bread and cabbage.
Daintree is currently open Tuesday to Saturday from 4pm - 12am. Reservations are encouraged and can be made directly online via SevenRooms. For more information, visit www.daintreenyc.com