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June, 2012

  1. Living Room Bar and Terrace

    June 30, 2012 by admin

    Date:  June 27th, 2012

    Name of Establishment:  The Living Room Bar and Terrace at the W Hotel Downtown

    Location:  123 Washington Street  New York, 10006

    Rating:  Drinkable

    Order:  Old Fashioned, Makers Mark, no maraschino cherry

    Price:  $15

    Comments:  A strong pour of bourbon on the rocks would have yielded similar results, but this place has quite a view inside and out.


  2. The Beehive Restaurant

    June 30, 2012 by admin

    Date:  June 21st, 2012

    Name of Establishment:  The Beehive Restaurant

    Location:  30 Old Route 22  Armonk, NY 10504

    Rating:  Drinkable

    Order:  Old Fashioned, Makers Mark, no maraschino cherry

    Price:  $10

    Comments:  The first bartender left after I placed the order, not sure if there was some confusion or the end of a shift.  I placed the order again with the second bartender.  He told me its not an Old Fashioned if it doesn’t have a cherry.  His interpretation was shaken, mostly ice, and served with a straw.  This is a perfect example of why this drink can’t be ordered just anywhere.  The bartender was competent and I am sure well-trained.  But, I bet he has never actually tasted this drink.  It stands in sharp contrast to Gramercy Tavern, Mas Farmhouse, or Little Branch where you taste something special.  Best to stick to beers here.


  3. The Capital Grille

    June 6, 2012 by admin

    Date:  June 5th, 2012

    Name of Establishment:  The Capital Grille

    Location:  120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271

    Rating:  Perfect

    Order:  Old Fashioned, Makers Mark, asked if they had brandied cherries

    Price:  $11.75

    Comments:  I took an extra step to ask if they had brandied cherries instead of saying no cherry.  It paid off as they had brandied cherries and the bartender gave me a couple to sample.  Good sized glass, strong pour, and well-muddled with orange and cherry.  Well priced and great service before the dinner crowd.