So I made a sojourn to Milk & Honey (M&H) a few months back, wrote about it, but never published it until now. M&H is a small hidden speakeasy-type bar in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Reservations are mandatory and can only be done through a secret unlisted phone number that changes frequently. Major props to my foodie friend, now back in London, who hooked us up with the phone number. Below is an account of my night, circa March/April 2008.
After passing through two heavy black curtains, we enter a room the size of a small loft that is lit only by candles. Since there is no formal menu, the bartender made custom drinks based on our liquor and fruit preferences (which I thought was pretty sweet :). I had a blackberry and lime gin-based drink. My friend had one that was similar to mine and my other friend had a Peach and Creme vodka drink (which I thought tasted the best :). All the cocktails were made with fresh squeezed fruits and juices (we saw the juicer man in the back) which I thought made the drinks taste clean, fresh, and the opposite of artificial. Drinks are $15 a glass, which is reasonable considering its NYC and the quality that goes into each concoction.
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Note: I just read recently that M&H will now be converted to a private members club. Although I am saddened to hear this (I visit NYC quiet often, but not often enough to warrant a membership), I am excited for the opportunity to visit other cocktail establishments that are in the city.
Milk & Honey134 Eldridge St.
New York, NY 10002