east village bar, friday (6/22) afternoon?
quick version: i'm looking for a good east village bar on friday afternoon - cocktails or belgian beers preferred, for 1 and maybe later 2 people. any suggestions?
longer version: heading down to the city, most of my friends who are working can't get off work, are on long weekends, sick, etc. so i've got lunch with one at about 1230, another at wd-50 at 6, and i figured i'd check out chikalicious sometime around 3. i know i'll be stuffed, but i love wd, and want to check out chik...
my friend *may* be able to get downtown by 530, so we could grab a drink in LES near wd. similarly, since i'm popping into chikalicious solo, i'd like to either find another neat spot (non-foodie) to go to for an hour after chikalicious, or a bar that has the aforementioned nice cocktails or belgian beers. i know there's the place on west 5th near the basketball courts, which is cool, but i won't be over that side unless nothing else pops up.
sorry for the last minute posting...but any help would be appreciated. thanks!
re: Andrew P.
wish i had seen this earlier about DBA! but at least i know for the next time. we grabbed a drink later at tapeos (more in a sec), but:
-> chikalicious won't serve wine without dessert at 4pm even if 4 seats are vacant at the 'bar'.
-> rayuela really won't let you in before 530 (as in, 515).
my friend was late, so we couldn't grab a drink at rayuela's and still get over to wd. however, after we left wd-50, we went to tapeo's up the street (29 clinton) and my friend was quite impressed. we each had one drink ( i had a mojito, i forget what he had) but they were both good; however, the smell and the selection of the food was what got to him, said it reminded him so much of spain, and the people who were the agreed the food was quite good.
i checked around, can't find anything about it (tapeo's), but the next time in in the LES and looking for that, i'm definitely going back...
re: bob gaj
oh, also - current wd 50 tasting menuL
hamachi / beet / wakame / pine sorbet (amuse)
shrimp / tarragon macaroons
foie gras in the round
sweetbreads, cabbage - kaffir, water chestnuts
the beef tongue dish that everyone's heard of
the miso soup / noodles dish that all have heard of.
surf clam /watermelon / chinese beans /garlic chive. AMAZING.
lamb belly (as bacon) , black chickpea, cherried cucumber. lamb part great.
argan oil horchata, cantaloupe, carob
fried butterschotch pudding, mango, taro, smoked macadamia
soft chocolate, avocado, licorice, lime
"cool" (it was hot) black currant jelly.
thanks for the leads! the suggestions were right up what i was hoping for; i couldn't hit up some of those places (which i've wanted to try) because of their opening hours, but zum opens @4, rayuela @530 (and right near wd), so that works out perfect. i'll followup soon with thoughts on my day. thanks!
re: rose water
I don't think Angel's share opens until 7pm though.
I can't think of any serious cocktail places in the area that open around 5:30pm. I think PDT or Death & Co. might open at 6pm. Or try out Rayuela? That's pretty new.
For beer, perhaps Burp Castle is a little less out of the way than Zum Schneiders?