Saturday, February 9, 2008

Long Live Death & Co.

Rules are meant to be broken, right?! Ok, good. So, I am going to break my rule of only writing about restaurants on Miss Menu...and tell you about my experience at the coolest bar in New York City. Hope you'll let slide just this once. I felt like this was especially fittinig for the type of lounge I went to last night.

I've walked past Death & Co.'s inconspicuous E. 6th St. door dozens of times, but, I never knew what was on the other side. Walking in, it immediately feels as if you've entered somewhere illicit. That is the exact experience that Death & Co. was hoping for. Named after a Prohibition era anti-drinking propaganda movement, the dark wood and white chandelier decor of this lounge is reminiscent of an old-fashioned speakeasy.

Standing room isn't allowed, and tables require a reservation, so luckily I was able to get a spot at the bar. This was definitely the best seat in the house. The mixologist Philip Ward is unlike any I've ever seen. He not only pours well-made mixed drinks and aged wines and liquors, he will also custom create cocktails based on your personal perferences. I told him I liked vodka. He asked if I liked citrus. And, off to work he went.

So, when he served me a girly, fruity cocktail made with gin, I definitely winced. But, I trusted his judgement (how could you not with such a great reputation!), and was blown away. The two people next to me thought my drink sounded so great that they ended up ordering it too. Top notch gin, muddled raspberries, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and sugar. Good to the last drop! I will definitely be back soon to see what other concoctions Philip comes up with. Hopefully, the Death & Co. era is far from over.

Death & Co
433 East 6th Street
b/t 1st Avenue & Avenue A
website
Eater.com's review

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