Great downtown bartenders continue moving on up to Times Square, area which was not to long ago a desert as far as good watering holes for cocktail geeks. But thanks to bars such as my friend Kenny McCoy’s Rum House and Lambs Club Bar (cocktail menu by Sasha Petraske) the bar has started to rise for Midtown. The latest in a string of new cocktail lounges to crop up in this area is Jbird located in Midtown’s Hilton Garden Inn. This hidden gem is actually located in another bar. The lounge shares an elevator and a doorman with much larger bar XVI. To get there you have to go down a staircase and through two doors marked “exit” that bring you into the lounge.
Resident bartenders Marshall Altier –How to Booze: Exquisite Cocktails and Unsound Advice– and Jason Littrell (Death and Co/Randolph/Dram) have created a drink menu divided into cocktail “family trees”. All of the “sour” style drinks are grouped next to “Old Fashioned cocktails.”
Their signature : JBird Swizzle
2 ounces jasmine-infused rum
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce orgeat
1/2 ounce blueberry syrup
1/2 ounce pineapple juice
3/4 teaspoon vanilla simple syrup
3/4 teaspoon St Elizabeth Allspice Dram
Dash Peychaud’s bitters
Two more outposts are reportedly in the works according to Zagat.
The next location is set to open by September on the Upper East Side. The venue will be located behind an espresso bar and newsstand, which fits perfectly with the speakeasy vibe leaving the lounge an unspoken secret. Reports newyork.nearsay.com
The third is planned for the Financial District, where a location suitable for the faux-storefront concept is currently being scouted. Reports The Village Voice.