We try to stick closely to the food in our New York restaurant coverage, but sometimes we come across restaurant designs that give us pause: The drop-dead pretty, the alarmingly futuristic, the smirk-inducing WTF. And after Slice editor Niki kept telling us about how much she appreciated the Twin Peaks-themed bathroom at Mission Chinese Food and the bigger-on-the-inside TARDIS stall at Brooklyn bar The Way Station, we realized there were more than a few restaurant bathrooms that have caught our eye.
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Notes of apples and nuts find their way into this belly-warming, home-spun take on an Old Fashioned from Raines Law Room in NYC. Here's how to mix it up at home.
Raines Law Room's Meaghan Dorman uses rye, applejack, and orgeat in this warming, subtly nutty spin on the Old Fashioned.
Scotch might not seem like the most likely base for a cocktail. Plenty will still argue that Scotch is for sipping—not polluting with anything other than an ice cube, or maybe a few drops of water if you're feeling frisky. But properly deployed in cocktails, Scotch can take on many roles, whether the aggressive frontrunner or a mellow backdrop to other flavors. Here are ten of our favorites in New York right now—from a light lavender number to a dark, brooding sipper.
"I was looking through older cocktail books, and saw a Wild Redhead, which had an awesome name but it was a really boring drink—just Cherry Heering and lemon juice," recalls Meaghan Dorman, the (red)head bartender at New York's Raines Law Room. She spiced it up with some allspice dram and blended Scotch, and the Wildest Redhead was born.
The Wild Redhead appeared in the 1977 book, Jones' Complete Barguide. Raines Law Room's Meaghan Dorman added allspice dram and blended Scotch to make the Cherry Heering and lemon cocktail more interesting.
Raines Law Room's modern take on the Savoy original calls on Cocchi Americano, with its spine of quinine. "It dries out your cheeks a little," notes Meaghan Dorman, giving hers a surprisingly illustrative suck. Dorman showed us how to make this tasty cocktail at home.
The Self-Starter from Raines Law Room in NYC is head bartender Meaghan Dorman's answer for the drinker who wants a martini, but nothing too strong.
At Raines Law Room in New York, Meaghan Dorman layers in spice and earth to the Paloma—a Mexican standby made with grapefruit, soda (or grapefruit soda) and tequila—by way of jalapeño agave syrup and celery bitters, which pick up the vegetal flavors in good tequila.
A slightly spicy grapefruit and tequila cocktail from Raines Law Room in NYC.
New York is littered with rooftop bars, sidewalk cafés, and microscopic backyards all vying for your drinking dollar during the summer months. But few can actually mix up a proper cocktail and even fewer can do so without the encroachment of the neighbor's hanging laundry. So we took to the streets, sipped and savored our way through the competition, to bring you our five favorite outdoor cocktail spots in New York.
[Photos: Laren Spirer] On Monday night, the Astor Center hosted its first Tweetup, co-sponsored by Chartreuse and LUPEC NYC. The idea behind the Tweetup was to gather up cocktail enthusiasts, many of whom are on Twitter, for an interactive...