This is a classic tale of a couple of college buddies opening a bar.
Except that one’s worked at Pegu Club, PKNY and Dutch Kills, and helped start Golden Cadillac, and the other owns a Bronx Cuban place with a Michelin Bib Gourmand.
So… it’s a little less classic.
It’s a tale of Suffolk Arms, a critical LES corner cocktail spot disguised as an English pub, opening tonight.
We/You’ve waited on this one for a long time, so let’s take a moment before walking in to celebrate together.
There we go. Good moment-taking.
Now walk into that aforementioned English pub vibe (you can walk into the slideshow here). You’ll see a Sardi’s level of famous-person illustrations covering the walls, so grab a booth and start speculating as to whether you’re looking at a circa-1971 Lou Reed or—is that Bob Ross? No, no, it’s neither. You figure it out.
Drinks-wise, start off with the Horse Apple, which is a whole freshly juiced apple, horseradish and whatever liquor you want. We recommend gin, whiskey, tequila, rum, vodka or others. If you’re in the mood for another, this is one of those rare places with a blue drink that isn’t terrible. That’d be the Soyer’s Highball, a combo of gin and Soyer’s Nectar (a soda that was the first blue drink ever made).
Among the booze-soaking devices is a Thanksgiving turkey burger with stuffing and cranberry salsa, a Russ & Daughters smoked fish platter, which begs for this place to start brunch soon, and a guacamole trio.
Which more or less ruins just having one guacamole forever.