I am a real sucker for an expertly concocted, deliciously dangerous cocktail. The kind that dances around your tastebuds and might cause a sudden eyebrow raise or a guttural purr. The kind you sip, savor, then swallow… and realize, depending on whether or not you ate before starting in, that you may not be prepared to finish because you’re already drunk. Angel’s Share is my favorite place to get these kinds of cocktails, because they never, ever disappoint. It also happens to be, among the “secret” “she-she” speakeasy cocktail bars, the oldest and most affordable. Their drinks are also my baseline of comparison for whether or not a cocktail is worth its two shakes. Why drink this, when you can drink this or even this?
However, no self-respecting restaurant with great food is going to ignore the drinks that accompany it, and one of my favorite boozy pastimes is to sidle up to a restaurant bar and snack while imbibing. The older I get, the more I prefer a dimly lit restaurant with conversational ambiance to screaming over music that I usually hate in a crowded, standing-room-only bar. Macondo, the dressed-down sibling of the fantastic Rayuela, is always a favorite, especially if you can snag an outdoor bar seat on a nice day.
I don’t remember which two cocktails these are exactly, because the drinks did their duty well… But I do know that over my five years in New York, I’ve tried them all. And most of the seasonal tacos (Hello, Short Rib!), and the skirt steak as well. It has never let me down, and is always worth the wait.
Try something with a smoked salt rim.