A lot to talk about here, so let’s hop right in today.
In to Fine & Rare, an extremely attractive behemoth of a post-work drinks and/or first-date spot, open now in Murray Hill. It’s got nightly live music, impressive seafood towers and the most fragrant and herbaceous drinks we’ve seen in a while. The type of stuff that might even make you hop a cab to Murray Hill. Sometime. Maybe. We’ll get into it… right now.
Go ahead and claim some real estate at the main bar, or head downstairs. You’ll enter into an area with Chesterfield sofas, elevated banquettes and the main bar. Head down to the sunken dining room, where live jazz performances happen nightly. Then, behind a set of leather doors formerly part of a Masonic temple, is the tasting room, where there’ll be tasting events in front of a Hockney-inspired mural. Take your time, and take a look around the slideshow. The owner hails from that den of endless whiskeys you know so well. That’s right, the Flatiron Room. This spot’s got less of a focus on whiskey (there are still plenty), instead doing notable things with classic cocktails. Think: gin and tonics with rosemary, thyme, olives, basil, dried orange peel and juniper berry-infused ice. Also: the F&R Cloud, with bourbon, absinthe and maple foam.
Or, sure, the bartender will hand-smoke a drink for you. Go for a smoked Old Fashioned with rye or rum, and you’ll get to choose which wood chips your bartender uses to smoke your drink. Hickory, cherry, mesquite: all fair game.
There’s a lot of seafood. A full menu’s coming soon, but for now you’ve got burrata with blood orange, pomegranates and pistachios, seafood towers-for-two and tuna sashimi with pickled seabeans and watermelon radish.
Look around. There’s a lot to notice. Like, say, antique ticket windows from Grand Central Station embedded in the walls, 100-year-old floor boards from an old mill in Connecticut (is 2017 the year we reclaim “reclaimed”?), and a wall dedicated to their Bottle Keep program, through which you purchase a bottle, have it tagged with your name and resume drinking it whenever you might return.