A few blocks up from Death & Co. is another highly regarded Manhattan bar – Please Don’t Tell (PDT). Not that you’d know it unless you had done your research beforehand. To find PDT you need to head in to Crif Dogs, a late-opening hot dog joint, and find the vintage phone booth that lays inside. Pick up the receiver, confirm with the hostess how many are in your party, and if you’re lucky you’ll be buzzed in through the side panel of the booth and enter the bar proper.
The room is surprisingly small, with a small number of booths and a row of seats along the bar making up the entirety of the place. Like Death & Co. the room was illuminated with many oil burners creating a cosy atmosphere, though the animal heads on the wall were a little unsettling, and the music was heavier and rocky giving the place a more lively, modern feel. I was hoping I might get served by one of the guys that tended bar at the spirited dinner I attended at the Palace Cafe the previous week in New Orleans, but unfortunately they didn’t appear to be working that night.
Having heard so much about bacon-infused bourbon over the past few months, and after missing the Make Your Own Ingredients session at Tales which featured said ingredient, I knew exactly what my first drink was going to be – the Benton’s Old Fashioned. Featuring bacon-infused bourbon, maple syrup, bitters and a huge cube of ice that I found more exciting than is probably healthy and normal, this was no normal Old Fashioned.
Before trying bacon-bourbon I wasn’t really sure what to make of it, as it seems like such an odd idea. Now I’ve tried it, I’m still not really sure. The smokiness was interesting, and it worked really nicely with the maple syrup, but I can’t see myself going to the effort of making my own or anything. I can see why some people would love it, but for me I can take it or leave it.
Next up I fancied something a little different, and spotted the East Village Athletic Club which sounded interesting. The recipe was essentially a Last Word with tequila instead of gin, and the result was really curious. The Last Word always has a lot going on in it anyway, but always manages to somehow balance out. With tequila added as well there were even more flavours battling for your taste buds, and while it was an enjoyable drink it doesn’t quite reach the sublime levels of a well made Last Word.
Sadly after a long day travelling and my previous visit to Death & Co. I had to call it a night at two drinks. It was a shame, as while neither of the cocktails I had were quite perfect for me they were very well thought out and executed, and there were plenty more drinks on the menu that sounded like fun. Another bar I will be returning to on my next trip to NYC.
PDT is located at 113 St Marks Place, between 1st and A. Open 6pm to 2am (Monday to Thursday), 6pm to 4am (Friday and Saturday).
Tel: +1 212 614 0386
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