Photos: Front of the House
A festive new pop-up has arrived at The Garret Coctelería (349 Broome Street) in Nolita in honor of Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.
The immersive space is filled with custom built altars honoring artistic icons we’ve lost over the years (Marilyn Monroe, The Notorious B.I.G., Jimi Hendrix, Frida Kahlo, James Dean, Amy Winehouse, and more). The altars feature black & white photos of the deceased (significantly placed to draw spirits to their altars and help them to cross over) alongside traditional skulls, crosses, votive candles, and candlesticks.
Over 5,000 feet of marigolds, often known as “flowers of the dead” (flor de muerto), are dispersed throughout the space. String lights strung indoors and out add to the festive feel. Intricately cut tissue paper banners (papel picado) float above the tables, adding to the colorful decor. The holes in the tissue make it easy for souls to travel through and visit while the delicate nature of the paper symbolizes the fragility of life. The space was designed by up-and-coming set designer, Michael Harbeck, and Interior Designer, Lauren Amoruso.
Beverage Director Max Stampa-Brown has put his creative spin on the new, on-theme beverage menu with libations featuring seasonal ingredients and festive garnishes. A few highlights include: Weeping in Queens (White rum, pumpkin puree, orange bell pepper, cane, pumpkin spice rum, peach preserves), and Certified Sad Boy (Reposado tequila, tamarind, pineapple two ways, honey bitters, hibiscus drizzle for a “blood” effect).
Bites from Chef Yuval Ochoa include a selection of tacos, dragon fruit & mango ceviche, and spicy tuna tartare. The pop-up will be around from October 5th through November 2nd.
For more information, visit thegarretcocteleria.com