The Cocktail Collective—a roving band of mixologists including Misty Kalkofen from Drink in Boston and Eric Alperin from Varnish in LA, has put together one of the most exciting bar programs in the city at Forty Four, on the ground floor of the Royalton Hotel. A Prohibition-era-style jazz band provides atmosphere; the bartenders do the rest, turning out everything from classics to punches served tableside for up to 20. The most exciting cocktails, however, are the bartender’s originals—drinks such as The Other Word, a blend of mezcal, organic lime, organic agave nectar, yellow Chartreuse and maraschino liqueur. It’s smoky, mineral and palate saturating, a fine match to the place’s upscale bar food, like pork belly tacos and a lobster-and-scallop version of fish and chips.
Royalton Hotel, 44 W. 44th St., New York, NY
This story appears in the print issue of April 2011.
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