Danny Meyer's Porchlight, his first standalone bar, is ever so close to opening in far West Chelsea. The team is hosting a press preview tonight and dropping a few photos of staff training on Twitter. Michael Shain is spearheading the cocktail menu, and Nicholas Bennett of Booker & Dax will be behind the bar offering rye Manhattans, Cognac Sazeracs, and whiskey and cola made with house-made cola.
Check out the very first glimpse inside the space. Hopefully someone turned up the heat.
Mark Maynard-Parisi, who helped found Blue Smoke is also behind Porchlight, and so is Blue Smoke's Louisiana-born chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois's, so of course there's a smoker. Bourgeois's menu, which recently went up online, promises a smoky beef jerky, smoked sword fish with "fixin's," frogs legs, and something mysteriously called Tom's Balls — no other explanation provided.
The smoking gun: