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Wannabfoode Jan 10, 2012 06:57 PM

Hi, hoping you all can help. We are visiting New York from out of town for a few days next week. Our hotel is Upper West Side and we will be spending a fair amount of time in Harlem. Looking for cool bars to check out with interesting drink lists. In the past we've visited PDT, Death and Co Employees Only, and Painkiller and enjoyed them all. Any recommendations in UWS/Harlem? Thanks in advance!

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    JeremyEG RE: Wannabfoode Jan 10, 2012 07:41 PM

    Hey there,
    I can't think of any bars that serve cocktails of the caliber you're describing but there are restaurants with bars that serve amazing drinks. I've had good drinks at Dovetail and Telepan. I believe both restaurants have their cocktail lists posted on their websites so maybe take a look before you go. Have a good trip!
    JeremyEG
    HomeCookLocavore.com

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    Telepan
    72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

    Dovetail
    103 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024

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      coasts RE: JeremyEG Jan 12, 2012 05:54 PM

      i'll add Gastroarte to that list.

      All Cocktails $12

      The Beet Goes On
      Plymouth Gin, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur. beets, lime and a celery apple foam

      Cucumber Mojo
      Vodka, mint, cucumber, seltzer

      The Spanish Cup
      Beefeater Gin, Cynar, Thai basil, cucumber, tonic

      Da Vinci’s Muse
      Gin, Maraschino liqueur, lime, sage and sweet Bergamot mist

      La Crusta
      Spanish brandy, lemon gelatin, Cointreau, sweet lemon dust

      The Upper West Side
      Rittenhouse Rye, ruby port, Dolin dry vermouth, Maraschino liqueur, frozen red grapes

      Tequila Old Fashioned
      El Jimador Reposado Tequila, Brimstone Bitters, lime syrup

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      Gastroarte
      141 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023

    2. JMF RE: Wannabfoode Jan 11, 2012 01:28 PM

      Red Rooster in Harlem

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      Red Rooster
      310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

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        Pan RE: JMF Jan 13, 2012 06:51 PM

        Yes, that's the place I was going to recommend, too. They have excellent house cocktails and the bartender was also happy to work with my brother and me to make totally unsweetened cocktails that tasted very good. We also really enjoyed our food there when we went.

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          JMF RE: Pan Jan 14, 2012 10:08 AM

          I spent a good four hours there last night. Moses Laboy the house mixologist is doing some great stuff. One of the cocktails using Zacapa rum and another rum, plus a little lime juice and Dutch's Colonial bitters, was put on the menu Thursday night and they sold so many of the cocktail they ran out of the ingredients. They had to reorder more of the rum and bitters yesterday so it can go back on the menu tonight.

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          Red Rooster
          310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

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            Pan RE: JMF Jan 14, 2012 02:09 PM

            My only problem with using Zacapa rum for a cocktail is, it's so great that it might be better to have it straight.

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              JMF RE: Pan Jan 15, 2012 07:48 AM

              Personally I think Zacapa is too sweet to drink straight since they changed the recipe 8-10 years ago. But is excellent in cocktails. Even the XO is on the sweet side for me. I wish they wouldn't add sweeteners to it since it really is a great rum. Just a few days ago I was hanging out with the NYC brand rep, sipping them straight, and really wishing I could taste what they would have been like without the added sugar. this is a problem with many great rums, that they have added sweeteners and even spices and other flavorings. I did a rum cruise of a half dozen rum producing islands, and a dozen+ distilleries, in november with 50 other rum enthusiasts, writers, distillers, etc. and the one negative thing was the sweetening up of the rums. When you have had the chance to taste these rums straight from the barrel, you really can't look at the rum that goes to market the same way.

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                Pan RE: JMF Jan 16, 2012 02:15 AM

                I'm sympathetic to your feelings. I would prefer for it to be less sweet.

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        kathryn RE: Wannabfoode Jan 11, 2012 10:36 PM

        Perhaps the newish Slightly Oliver? I've not been but maybe someone who has will chime in.

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        Slightly Oliver
        511 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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          asgaynor RE: kathryn Jan 15, 2012 07:26 PM

          Last night a few friends and I did drinks and dinner at Jacob's Pickles, then one more drink at Slightly Oliver.

          The food, drinks, and service at Jacob's were all excellent. At the table, we had the Sage Manhattan, the Spicy Brine Margarita, and Rosemary Vodka Lemonade. All three were great and suited different palates. We also split a beer float for dessert, which received mixed reviews from my table-mates. I'll definitely be back.

          Oliver was a different story. My friend and I both ordered Sazeracs. My friend thought that it (somehow) tasted both too boozy and too watery. I thought the ratio was way too absinthe heavy — it overpowered all other flavors in the cocktail and killed the balance. I'd be willing to go back to try another drink, but I left disappointed.

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          Slightly Oliver
          511 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

          Jacob's Pickles
          509 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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          kinggirl RE: Wannabfoode Jan 13, 2012 09:16 AM

          I haven't been, but heard good things about 67 orange street if you will be around FDB in Harlem: http://www.67orangestreet.com/cocktai...

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          67 Orange Street
          2082 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

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            beefchowfun RE: kinggirl Jan 13, 2012 01:48 PM

            You might want to try this brand new spot on 85th and Amsterdam called Jacob's Pickles (http://www.yelp.com/biz/jacobs-pickle...

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            I went there during their soft launch and was very impressed by the vibes, drinks and beer selections. The fried pickles are pretty stellar too.

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            Jacob's Pickles
            509 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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              JMF RE: kinggirl Jan 14, 2012 10:14 AM

              The 67 Orange St. cocktail menu sounds very well thought out. I have to check the place out.

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