New York City-Lower East Manhattan
May 11, 2018
Taking its inspiration from ‘Bird Lives’, and the growth of the New York bebop and jazz scene, this stylish Soho bar and restaurant makes the most of a squat room on King Street. The space dates back to1880 and the place is permeated with a love of the city and its sounds, ingredients are locally sourced and local artwork hangs on the walls. It’s a light space with a handsome polished marble bar and comfy leather chairs. They do an excellent range of classic Italian aperitivo, including a stellar Negroni, a top notch Blood and Sand and a potent Last Word: that wicked mixture of gin, lime, maraschino and chartreuse. The wine list is well constructed and well worth getting stuck into; it’s more adventurous than you’d expect for an operation of this size perhaps because the sommelier used to work at the much lauded Cru. Check out the ‘shameless plug’ section of the list, the bottles sourced from his sommelier friends who also make their own wine. The food menu of superior pasta dishes and other sharing plates, some small and delicate, others far heartier (suckling pig, skate wing with chanterelles) also merits attention. The bar has a nice buzzy atmosphere as people chow down on house-made breadsticks while waiting for their table. The dubious acoustics do mean it can get pretty noisy on busy nights, but the drinks are more than adequate compensation.