As New York City emerges from the pandemic we could all use a nice stiff drink. Here are six new spots worth checking out.
Riad Star at Chez Zou (Photo: Teddy Wolff)
Chez Zou, a new lounge atop ZouZou’s, is serving up signature drinks from the "godfather of modernist cocktails" Dave Arnold, at his acclaimed bar Booker and Dax. At Chez Zou, Arnold is mixing up new libations like the Riad Star with vodka, spiced pineapple, pomegranate, and raspberry; and stiff drinks like Banana Danse with bourbon, banana, cardamom, chocolate, and coconut.
Ubiquity at Pebble Bar (Photo: Max Flatow)
The just-opened Pebble Bar at the Rockefeller Center Townhouse, which once housed one of New York City’s oldest watering holes, Hurleys, dates back to 1892. Signature cocktails include Ubiquity, a mix of Elyx vodka, ginger, mint, lemon & Fever-Tree soda; The Ginny Fallon with Martin Miller's gin, Fever-Tree cucumber tonic, and Lime; and the Three Deuces Nagroni with Plymouth Gin, Campari, Carpano Antica Vermouth, and orange oil.
Bar Tulix (Photo: Briana Balducci)
The drinks at Bar Tulix, known for its coastal Mexican cuisine, also give a nod to Mexico. Helmed by Trey Bliss (previously of Xilonen, Sunday in Brooklyn and Karasu), the bar menu spotlights the diversity of tequila, mezcal and sotol. Signature cocktails are playful spins on recognizable classics, including Spicy Lady with Milagro blanco, Vida mezcal, cayenne, licor de elote and hibiscus; Mezcal Mamacita with 400 Conejos Mezcal, Aperol, rosemary, grapefruit and lime; and Full of Emotions with Sneaky Fox Vodka, Giffard Lychee, watermelon, lemon and Topo Chico.
Champagne Service at Peakaboo (Photo: Krista Schlueter)
If champagne is your thing, a visit to Peakaboo on the 101st floor at Hudson Yards, is in order. Here the Dom Perignon is flowing along with Ruinart and Krug served from an elegant champagne cart. The cocktail menu is described as “an experimental exploration of flavor and presentation” with a focus on large format cocktails for groups.
The Mezcal at Mena (Photo: Daniel Krieger)
While the focus is on the food at Mena, Chef Victoria Blamey’s new solo restaurant in TriBeCa, you might not want to pass up on the cocktails. Designed to complement menu, the drinks created by Gustavo Zamora (previously ATLA), highlight seasonal fruits, South American spirits and agua frescas, and include beverages like Rum with Flor de Caña, house made coconut milk and pineapple; Pisco with Macchu Pisco, pomegranate and citrus; and Mezcal with Yola Mezcal, Velvet Falernum, kiwi and green chartreuse.
The Corleone at Canto (Photo: Daniel Kwak)
Canto, a West Village spot known for its Italian specialties, also gives a nod to Italy with its cocktails. The drinks come with name like the Corleone with bourbon, elderflower liqueur, basil and lemon; the Monte Carlo with vodka, thyme, lemon, Campari and prosecco; and Bella Canto with gin, egg white, butterfly pea flavor, chamomile, Italicus Bergamot liqueur, lemon and prosecco.