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  1. Park Avenue Tavern

    July 23, 2012 by admin

    Date:  July 17th, 2012

    Name of Establishment:  Park Avenue Tavern

    Location:  99 Park Avenue  New York, NY 10016

    Rating:  Drinkable

    Order:  Old Fashioned, Makers Mark, no maraschino cherry

    Price: 

    Comments:  A good balance of bourbon, bitters, and muddled orange.  But too much ice eventually watered down the drink.


  2. 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.


  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.


  4. Little Branch

    May 31, 2012 by admin

    Date:  May 27th, 2012

    Name of Establishment:  Little Branch

    Location:  22 7th Ave S (between Carmine St & Leroy St) New York, NY 10014

    Rating:  Perfect

    Order:  Old Fashioned (bartender’s choice)

    Price:  $13

    Comments:  The benchmark Speakeasy in NYC — large pour, extra large ice cube, lemon rind, no cherry, no muddled fruit, and a hint of absinthe .  Smooth and delicious.


  5. Mas (farmhouse)

    May 31, 2012 by admin

    Date:  May 27th, 2012

    Name of Establishment:  Mas (farmhouse)

    Location:  39 Downing St, New York, NY 10014

    Rating:  Perfect

    Order:  Vanilla Old Fashioned (off the drink menu)

    Price:  $12

    Comments:  This establishment, similar to the Gramercy Tavern, is the perfect drinking experience.  I started with a traditional Sazerac with Old Overholt.  The bartender took his time to expertly prepare this multi-step cocktail as you would for a friend.  Later, I ordered the Old Fashioned.  Large glass, lots of ice, with no fruit — instead he used ground vanilla bean which can be seen in the photo.  While not my favorite mix, I appreciated the experimentation.  We chatted about technique and Banana Jamesons.  Cocktails were well priced and the food was excellent.


  6. Bobby Van’s Steakhouse

    April 22, 2012 by admin

    Date:  April 19th, 2012

    Name of Establishment:  Bobby Van’s Steakhouse

    Location:  25 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004

    Rating:  Drinkable

    Order:  Old Fashioned, Makers Mark, no maraschino cherry

    Price: 

    Comments:  Small glass, very heavy on the bourbon, and well-muddled


  7. Park Avenue (Spring)

    March 29, 2012 by admin

    Date:  March 27th, 2012

    Name of Establishment:  Park Avenue Spring

    Location:  100 East 63rd Street  New York, NY 10065

    Rating:  Perfect

    Order:  Old Fashioned, Makers Mark, no maraschino cherry

    Price:  $13.50

    Comments:  Well-made cocktail in a large glass, muddled orange, noticeable bitters, light sweetness, stirred not shaken, and just enough ice to keep it cold


  8. PJ Clarke’s on the Hudson

    January 26, 2012 by admin

    Date:  January 25, 2012

    Name of Establishment:  PJ Clarke’s on the Hudson

    Location:  Four World Trade Center, New York, NY 10281

    Rating:  Drinkable

    Order:  Old Fashioned, Makers Mark, no maraschino cherry

    Price:  $15

    Comments:  Fruity, sweet, light on the Bourbon, carefully mixed, small glass, and lots of ice.


  9. Gramercy Tavern

    January 18, 2012 by admin

    Date:  January 17, 2012

    Name of Establishment:  Gramercy Tavern

    Location:  42 E 20th St  New York, NY 10003

    Rating:  Perfect

    Order:  Old Fashioned, Makers Mark

    Price:  $13

    Comments:  Perfect experience from a top-notch bartender.  He asked my preference for fruit and recommended Old Overholt Rye instead of Makers Mark.  He added three brandied cherries, bitters and a sugar cube and then carefully mashed with a pestle.  Stirred not shaken.  The rye was spicer and less sweet than the bourbon, also perhaps due to the use of sugar instead of simple syrup.  Delicious, more complex, and earthy.


  10. Giorgio’s of Gramercy

    November 8, 2011 by admin

    Date:  November 4, 2011

    Name of Establishment:  Giorgio’s of Gramercy

    Location:  27 East 21st St   New York, NY 10011

    Rating:  Perfect

    Order:  Old Fashioned, Makers Mark, no maraschino cherry

    Price: 

    Comments:  Waitress recommended the Giorgio’s Old Fashioned with their own special bourbon and marinated cherry, I accepted, delicious, perfect balance of citrus and rich bourbon flavors, shaken with light froth, this is a must for Old Fashioned fans