Since 1995, Michael J. Neff's writing and bartending careers have shadowed one another. He started both in Seattle, WA, sweet-talking his way in to his first bar gig where he was introduced to a theater company who took him on as playwright-in-residence. His plays have been performed around the world, and he is the co-founder of Seattle's 14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival.
Most of his creative energy these days is applied to building bars. He and his partners opened Ward III in Tribeca and The Rum House in Times Square. His cocktails have been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Penthouse Magazine and, of course, Serious Eats.
Mr. Neff is a proud father of two girls, both of whom have cocktails named for them on the Ward III menu. His wife is a very talented chef, and the most patient bar-widow around.
Location: New York, NY
Favorite foods: Foods: Chicken & Rice. David Waltuck's Seafood Sausage. Any sandwich in any form from any country.
Drinks: Bourbon (esp. cheap bourbon), beer (preferably hopped), Red Breast Irish Whiskey, Charbay Whiskey, and a well-made Rye Old Fashioned.
Last bite on earth: Bourbon Old-Fashioned made with Hirsch 16-Year. Blue wax, please. I think that would about do it.