Looking for a good place to drink this weekend? If you're tired of the same old options, here's a guide to some of the city's best drinks of the moment. Some come from places that have just opened, some are new to the menu, and some are just pitch perfect choices for this particular weekend.
IF YOU READ ANY REVIEWS THIS WEEK
Head To: Fung Tu, the two-year-old Chinese-influenced restaurant that was reviewed by both Ryan Sutton and Pete Wells this week.
Drink: Any of the four sherries offered by the glass. Perez Barquero's amontillado would pair well with any of the restaurant's richer, meatier dishes. You can't really go wrong with the drinks here, though. The well chosen, often obscure selections carry over to the cocktail and wine list as well.
IF YOU'RE FEELING SOME NOSTALGIA FOR THE 70S
Head To: Joe's Bar, the latest addition to the Upper West Side bar scene.
Drink: Anything retro. A Golden Cadillac combines long-abandoned liqueurs like Galliano and creme de cacao. For something less sweet (even though that kind of misses the point of 70s revival drinks) try the Rob Roy—scotch, Carpano, and bitters.
IF YOU LIKE YOUR WINE POURED OUT OF BIG BOTTLES
Head To: Bar Boulud, where you can drink good wine while sitting outside.
Drink: Wine director Michael Madrigale offers glass pours from the selection of larger bottles he's collected at Bar Boulud. Every night he opens a different bottle, and pours until it's empty. The selection is far-reachingly Mediterranean, like the menu, encompassing regions like Greece and Sicily. Madrigale announces each night's bottle on his Instagram account, in case you'd like to know what it is before making the trip.
TO GET YOUR VERY OWN 'PERSONAL JESUS'
Head To: Black Rose, the day-old bar that just opened in the former Odessa space.
Drink: Into lavender? Try the Personal Jesus— Death's Door Gin, lavender syrup, lime juice, herbaceous lemon vodka, and lavender bitters.
FOR A SCENEY, SUMMERY COCKTAIL IN THE MEATPACKING
Head To: Santina, the Torrisi Boys' ode to seaside Italy.
Drink: The View From Positano—Gin, black pepper, and strawberry. According to Ryan Sutton, "it's what liquefied bubble gum would taste like if it had balance and complexity." The kitschy scene borders on ridiculous, but the restaurant gets bonus points for its definitively warm weather vibe and ample outdoor seating.