In the most recent case of, ‘who knew?’ last Monday, the State Liqour Authority requested that Gin Palace turn off its gin and tonic tap due to its illegality.
According to a Prohibition-era law (really?), serving cocktails from one bottle into another is against the law, which is bad news for plenty of other lounges around the city that offer cocktails on tap.
Gin Palace owner, Ravi DeRossi doesn’t think what they were doing was illegal and plans to fight the ruling at a July 20th hearing.
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.
Nowadays you can’t go to a bar without seeing an array of Pinnacle Vodka bottles. Pinnacle comes in 30 different flavors (including vodka flavored vodka). Pinnacle isn’t alone. All the major vodka companies, Three Olives, Absolut, and others have flavored vodkas that have branched away from simple fruit-infused flavors. Our cocktail menu has become inundated with cake vodka, cookie dough vodka, and everyone’s favorite whipped cream vodka. Even something as timeless as a highball glass full of whiskey can be bacon-infused. The infused liquor trend is bound to continue as companies try to out do their competition with more creative, and most likely strange, flavors. Imagine Willy Wonkas’ 3-course chewing gum was in liquor form. Why eat when you can knock back some shots instead? Your other choice is to eat actual foods that are prepared by adding liquor to their recipes. No matter your DOC (drink of choice), unless you regularly drink Three Olives Bubble Gum, you’ll be able to find a delicious meal or snack using whatever liquor wets your whistle best.
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.
Just when returning to work after the (hopefully) eventful 3-day weekend (that you probably haven't fully recovered from yet) seems unbearable, National Margarita Day comes to ease your pain. If you can't make a mid-day escape (hey, it's 5 o'clock somewhere right?) you can head straight from the office to unwind with something tall and strong at one of the following spots, reknown for their delicious 'ritas. It won't matter if you're normally not a tequila fan - you won't even taste it.
Along with three varieties each of the well-known bar staples, Cuervo, Sauza, and Patrón, the West Village's Caliente Cab Co. also serves up lesser-known-but-equally-scrumptious tequilas like Mezcal (named for the Mezcal worm in the bottom), the handmade El Tesoro, Cabo Wabo, and others. Their specialty 24-ounce margarita may seem steep (at $14 blended, $16 on the rocks), but they're entirely worth it. The bartenders somehow manage to mix a considerable amount of tequila with a couple splashes of juice to concoct the perfect balance of sweet and sour - and you get to keep the glass as a souvenir.
The trend in the bar scene lately has been Tequila. New mescal concoctions are popping up everywhere, as are high-end brand options that rival the old standby, Patron. Well the talent behind the mixology temple, Death & Company have created their own place for agave-worship and its called Mayahuel.