It’s been a long week, and this particular Thursday has taken an especially long time to come around. So, for those of you who are with me and may be on the hunt for a way to unwind with a good cocktail, I have a recommendation for you.
NYC delivers up some solid cocktails and as long as you stay away from Times Square and Murray Hill, you’re usually able to get a really quality libation. One of my strategies for getting a good cocktail (i.e. yummy, smooth and won’t floor you in one sip) in the city has always been to visit the bars of upscale restaurants or hotels. They usually have some of the highest quality bars and a quieter atmosphere.
It’s usually hard to get the Mr. to go out in general, but this weekend Ben and I were in midtown for a show (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – P.S. GO!) and stopped by Butter for dinner before heading home. Butter is one of my favorite restaurants for a nice dinner (the work of master chef Alex Guarnaschelli). But after seeing and sampling thier cocktail list, I’m definitely going to start frequenting the bar section of the restaurant even if I’m not sitting down for a full meal.
- It’s not crowded: Most people are there for dinner, so are just waiting to get their spot at the table.
- It’s a non-scene scene: It’s got the swanky atmosphere and touches of comfort that I need to feel good about a $17 cocktail, but without the scene-loving people (read: hipsters and tourists) that makes scenes so annoying.
- The winter cocktail list is delicious: I’m usually more of a wine girl, but Ben and I devoured their savory cocktails.
My recommendation in The Holy Basil, which is a delicious combination of gin, muddled cucumber, basil, canton and black pepper. For those who fall on the whisky and bourbon side of life, I tried Ben’s Tall, Dark and Handsome and it was one of the smoothest drinks I’ve had in awhile. Ben refused to order it by name, but liked everything else the drink had to offer – a combination of aged bourbon, chocolate bitters, stout, and carpano antica.
For those who work in midtown and are starved for a bar with personality and without crowds, Butter should be your jam.
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