Creative Cocktails in NYC
The cocktail craze is clearly here to stay. Most bartenders are pushing the limits often combining flavors that don’t seem to make sense. Finding a cocktail with five or more ingredients is commonplace. Sip those gems slowly because you’ll want them to last forever.
Sushi Samba (87 Seventh Avenue South) The cocktail menu at Sushi Samba is spectacular. Any one of the drinks will delight and surprise your taste buds. Richard Woods combines ingredients that shouldn’t mesh but somehow do. I recommend the koko cold brew for a combination of coffee infused rum with pineapple, cilantro and coconut sugar. “Samba Hour” runs Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. and 11 p.m. to close. Caipirinhas are $5 and specialty cocktails are $7. Try a bite from the discounted menu like $6 yellowtail tiradito, salt and pepper squid or a shrimp tempura roll. The upstairs bar gives diners a delightful view of the west village bustle. If you’re looking to rent a space for a party this is a cool spot.
Pouring Ribbons (225 Avenue B) Are you an Irish whiskey fan? The team at Pouring Ribbons is always experimenting with new liquors in interesting combinations. For more than six decades Knappogue Castle whiskey has been a premium libation. Famously smooth and flavorful, Knappogue Castle Single Malt is made with pure Irish spring water and malted barley. Order the house nuts ($4) or bites curated by Beecher’s Handmade Cheese and sample the twelve, fourteen and sixteen year varieties. The Irish fried rice beverage incorporates sherry, toasted rice oregat and is served complete with a fortune cookie.
Social Drink & Food (570 10th Avenue) Appetizers start at $4 and casual salads and sandwiches $12. Located on the fourth floor of the Yotel Hotel, Social Drink and Food has one of the largest hotel terraces in New York City. The menu offers a creative flair on street food, cocktails and Mediterranean influences. For brunch with a view visit Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Try the southern love cocktail ($12) for a taste of summer in a glass with rye, mint, strawberries and fresh lemon juice. They host rooftop cinema nights four days a week for $30 including a snack and beverage.