The Butterfly

The Butterfly

The Butterfly is the latest addition to Chef Michael White’s growing empire.  Michael White is a Michelin starred chef most famous for Marea uptown, Osteria Morini and Ai Fiori downtown.  His training is in Italian food, but most recently he’s going back to his mid-western Wisconsin roots.   We’d heard it was inspired by his hometown in Wisconsin and that it was a ‘supper club’.  We were so pleasantly surprised when we got there!  It … Continue reading

Smith and Mills

Smith and Mills

Smith and Mills is a tiny little bar in an old carriage house on North Moore Street in Tribeca. The door is unmarked.   Smith and Mills is owned by Matt Abramcyk of Tiny’s Tribeca and Employees Only.  As with his other bars, the decor and cocktails are the headliner and good food is a great bonus.  It is also as dimly lit as the others.  So our first daylight visit yielded some descent photos … Continue reading

Rye House

Rye House

Rye House has been open since late 2009 and we’ve been there countless times over the years.  They opened at the time of the specialty liquor craze along with places like Madam Geneva or Mayahuel (gin and tequila, respectively).  Rye House does offer a full selection of alcohol but specializes in American whiskeys.  They also have a nice bar menu which I suppose characterizes them as a ‘gastro-pub’.  It is a large space with a … Continue reading

The Ranstead Room – Philadelphia

2013 Ranstead St. – Rittenhouse Square Cocktail Bar The Ranstead Room is part of the Starr Restaurant Group, whose reach includes Morimoto and Buddakhan right here in NYC.  This little ‘hidden’ speakeasy is not such a secret.  But it sort of feels that way as you enter the unmarked door.  The menu is sophisticated and, of course, requires varied ice shapes.  The bartender told us as we sipped our ‘Son of a Beesting’ and ‘Tatanka’ … Continue reading

Lani Kai – CLOSED

Lani Kai

Cocktail Bar, Hawaiian http://lanikainy.com/ 525 Broome Streeet – Soho Lani Kai fuses Hawaiian and Caribbean flavors with classic Manhattan cocktails. The decor has a Polynesian flair and is peppered with ferns and other fauna. On a hot day, it is dark and cool. The snacks are tasty and many of the drinks pack a punch masked in tropical juice. They’ve got two floors, the lower level is more of a bar lounge and the top … Continue reading

Mayahuel

Mexican; specializing in tequila and mezcal, Cocktail Bar http://mayahuelny.com/home.php 304 E. 6th St. – East Village We have been wanting to try this spot since the staff at a bar called Rickhouse in San Francisco told us about it. What a cool spot! It’s small and cozy, there’s plenty of good food and plenty of good libations. The menu is a tad overwhelming, but in the end I don’t think you could lose with any … Continue reading