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  1. Le Provencal Bistro

    October 7, 2012 by admin

    Date:  October 6th, 2012

    Name of Establishment:  Le Provencal Bistro

    Location:  436 Mamaroneck Avenue  Mamaroneck, NY 10543

    Rating:  Perfect

    Order:  Old Fashioned, Makers Mark, no cherry

    Price:  $10.75

    Comments:  My third time at Le Provencal Bistro, but first time not choosing to select one of their many wines by the glass.  The cocktail was perfect, made with lemon, light ice, nice bitters, well-mixed, and balanced alcohol and sweetness.  Well-priced and paired perfectly with the menu.  Only complaint, it can be tough to find a place to park.


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


  4. 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.


  5. 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


  6. Sweet Grass Grill

    March 12, 2012 by admin

    Date:  March 10th, 2012

    Name of Establishment:  Sweet Grass Grill

    Location:  24 Main St  Tarrytown, NY 10591

    Rating:  Perfect

    Order:  Old Fashioned, Makers Mark, no maraschino cherry

    Price:  $9

    Comments:  A shaken large glass with just the right amount of ice balanced the citrus, bitters, and bourbon.  A muddled fresh orange slice with an additional two slices appeared to be overkill, but made sense — one rind at the bottom, one discarded after it was used for the rim, and one floating at the top.  At $9, well-priced too. 


  7. 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.


  8. Restaurant North

    December 10, 2011 by admin

    Date:  December 9, 2011

    Name of Establishment:  Restaurant North

    Location:  386 Main Street, Armonk, NY 10504

    Rating:  Perfect

    Order:  Old Fashioned, Makers Mark, no maraschino cherry

    Price: 

    Comments:  Fruity, but well balanced mix, lots of ice, but nice level of bourbon taste


  9. Xavier’s at Piermont

    November 21, 2011 by admin

    Date:  November 20, 2011

    Name of Establishment:  Xavier’s at Piermont

    Location:  506 Piermont Avenue, Piermont, NY

    Rating:  Perfect

    Order:  Old Fashioned, Makers Mark, no maraschino cherry

    Price: 

    Comments:  Waiter mixed the drink himself, the restaurant does NOT carry maraschino cherries (a plus), made with lemon, large glass, good balance


  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