Our friends at Eater.com surveyed eleven celebrated chefs to find out where their favorite places to drink are in the world. Paris, Madrid, Tokyo and San Francisco were all cited as worthy cocktail towns. But it came as no surprise that New York City bars had more than its fair share of fans.
Graham Elliot of Graham Elliot, Chicago likes to drink at Empellon Cocina in the East Village. He cites a drink called “Por Que No”, which consists of Pueblo Viejo Blanco tequila, pineapple, serrano ( let’s assume he means the pepper and not the ham), and cilantro. To Elliot, “It’s whimsical, creative, exciting, and most
Paul Qui owns East Side King in Austin and was last season’s Top Chef winner. (I know this because I’m obsessed with the show. Yeah, I’m a geek. So sue me.) Chef Qui likes the casual Randolph at Broome in Little Italy. His fave is a mezcal with sangrita that’s laced with Stubbs liquid smoke. (Sounds like a Top Chef concoction.)
Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy likes early in the morning at The Spotted Pig on 11th Street in the Village. Apparently, the doors are closed and Mario Batali–he of the orange crocs–fixes up shots of Averna (a Sicilian liqueur) and beer. Okay, so Mario has rarely–okay, never–invited me to his after hour parties, but I have been to the Spotted Pig and I can vouch that it is a cool place with yummy cocktails.
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