Liz and I made our virgin visits to Williamsburg's newest vintage cocktail bar last night - and the photos (which are pretty impressive) don't do it justice. Someone must have spent years sourcing all the components. The owners managed to find even more beautiful under-the-counter refrigerators than they did for Union Pool. The white marble bar really gives the whole main room a much brighter and...I guess delicate...glow than this photo suggests. Between the patrons and the staff, these boys are helping keep mustache wax makers in business. I think I counted 4 handlebar mustaches, many amazing pairs of glasses...and even my Russian Commie belt on one of the bartenders (he had a mustache, too). We tried three drinks (many of each), finishing the night with the Commandant's Cocktail, a light fruity concoction with pear brandy and chartreuse.
Editorial Note: A running list of my Best-of New York picks for bars, restaurants, shopping, etc. will make it's debut as a sidebar feature later this week! Hotel Delmano (rating: * * * * *) makes the list.