DEATH & CO
From Ravi DeRossi comes Gin Palace, a rock-and-roll themed bar with ideal dim lighting. The East Village has a new gin joint just in time for those dog day summer evenings.
The opening comes as a replacement for DeRossi’s former restaurant, El Cobre.
Located in DeRossi’s Cuban complex, Cienfuego’s on Avenue A, Gin Palace offers a signature cocktail menu that's comfortably perched at 10 dollars.
Tuesday, some of the most celebrated chefs from the East Village gathered at the James Beard House for East Village Social. The walk around tasting featured cuisine from Edi & the Wolf, Jimmy’s No. 43, Cienfuego, Death & Co., Mayahuel, Jack’s Luxury Oyster Bar, PDT, Grafitti, Metaphor, and Goat Town.
Among the bars of the east village near Avenue A and 6th street exists a small unassuming diner. Or at least thats what they'd like us to think. It's called Cienfuegos.
Upon much closer inspection there is a slow trickle of those in the know coming and going through a small hallway in the back. A short walk up a gangly set of steps and one has arrived in Cuba. High back chairs and distressed wood tables litter the floor while walls the color of the ocean keep the space bright.
There is a strange harmony between shabby and elegant that is strangely alluring and is demonstrated by the painted wrought iron gate that separates the waiter station from the floor.
When GQ decided to rate the 25 top cocktail bars in America this is what they found...
1: Zig Zag Café – Seattle
2: Angel’s Share – New York
3: The Violet Hour – Chicago
4: Clover Club – Brooklyn
5: The Alembic – San Francisco
6: Death & Co – New York
7: PDT – New York
8: PX – Alexandria, VA
9: Comstock Saloon – San Francisco
10: Holeman & Finch – Atlanta
11: Tiki-ti – Los Angeles
12: The Patterson House – Nashville
13: Eastern Standard – Boston
14: Rickhouse – San Francisco
15: Anvil – Houston
16: Arnaud’s French 75 – New Orleans
17: Elixir – San Francisco
18: Columbia Room – Washington, D.C.
19: Cole’s – Los Angeles
20: The Whistler – Chicago
21: Drink – Boston
22: Pegu Club – New York
23: The Edison – Los Angeles
24: The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. – Philadelphia
25: Needle and Thread – Seattle
The stage is set, the players are in position, all that remains is for the curtain to go up on the first ever Manhattan Cocktail Classic, to be held this weekend at venues across the city.
The event has been organized to celebrate the life and times of the classic form of the cocktail, from its insemination in the early 1800's to its place in contemporary society. Coming together for the weekend are an astounding ensemble of pioneers and icons in the bar world, from Dale 'King Cocktail' Degroff, Sasha Petraske (of elusive, exclusive and down-right enviable Milk & Honey fame), and Doug Frost - one of only three people in the world to complete the Master Sommelier's course and become America's Master of Wine.
As if we need another excuse to indulge in these depressing times, it’s time to toast the 75th anniversary of Prohibition repeal. Repeal Day joins St. Pat’s and Cinco de Mayo as a time-honored drinking holiday in our United States. Utah, Pennsylvania, and Ohio finally gave into depressed college students on this day in history when they became the 34th, 35th, and 36th states to ratify the 21st amendment. Section 1 of this blessed legalese, “hereby repeals,” the 18th Amendment that banned the sale of alcohol. Prohibition began in 1920 and lasted until 1933, after religious organizations banned together to spread the ‘temperance movement.’