Friday, November 7, 2008
Oak Room Reopens November 8
The fabled Oak Room in the Plaza Hotel will finally reopen Nov. 8, after a month-plus delay. I'll be there the first day. Here's a glimpse of the cocktails that will be on offer—some of the most expensive in town.
A few observations: St. Germain on the agenda—natch!; they're going for the more modern version of the Old Fashioned, with the muddled orange and cherry; lots of rye in evidence—nice!; and their Manhattan is a perfect version, made with rye, very expensive rye. Looking good.
THE OAK BAR
HOUSE COCKTAILS $18
Stoli Orange, St. Germain, mint, lemon and simple syrup, shaken and served up with a mint leaf
Walnut infused Calvados, Benedictine, Sweet Vermouth and ‘Bitter Truth’ Aromatic Bitters, stirred and served on the rocks with a brandied cherry
Bourbon whiskey, Angostura bitters, sugar, cherry and orange wedge, shaken and served up
Blended Scotch, Blended Irish whiskey, orgeat, lemon. Shaken and served up with a peaty scotch rinse
OAK BAR FIZZ
Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, port, Licor 43, lemon, simple syrup and egg white, shaken and served in a hi-ball with one Kold-Draft ice cube
Plymouth Gin, house made ginger beer, cucumber, mint, lime, simple syrup and club soda, shaken and served on the rocks in a hi-ball
Rittenhouse Rye whiskey, maraschino liqueur and lemon. Shaken and served up with an absinthe rinse
THE OAK ROOM MANHATTAN
Hirsch 22yr Rye, house bitters, sweet and dry vermouth, brandied cherry $40