When you think of fishbowl cocktails, the things that come to mind might be plastic leis, electric-light torches, and middle-aged Jimmy Buffet fans. However, there is a new wave of these massive, four-straw libations that don't immediately lodge Margaritaville in your head.
Just in time for the end of summer, you can enjoy king-size cocktails that take traditionally syrupy, over-sweetened drink recipes and make them fresh and dynamic. Bleeker Street burger haven, Slide, has just added The Bitter Blossom to their already stellar cocktail program.
We’ve all seen subway ads portraying a beautiful beach somewhere in the Caribbean or Hawaii. Everyone is barely dressed and smiling, and there’s a tagline on it somewhere saying “You could be here,” or “Need a vacation?” Juxtapose this against the passed out drunk homeless guy desperately in need of a shower and the overall drabness of a mass of underground travelers, and you might find yourself saying, “Maybe I do need a vacation…”
But who really has the time or money for a vacation to someplace tropical? The next best thing has to be the drinks at the SOHO cocktail lounge known as Lani Kai. Once inside, you may feel like you’ve just stepped in off the surf for some beachside nightlife. The tropical plant-covered deck leading up to the bar will make the cars driving by on Broome street sound like waves crashing on the shore. Lani Kai, roughly translated as ‘Heavenly Waters,’ is a Julie Reiner creation. Reiner is known in the New York cocktail world for the famous Flatiron Lounge, and the newer Clover Club in Brooklyn. This place, however, is closer in resemblance to her home state of Hawaii.