Rounding out the list: Andrew Carmellini and Luke Ostrom, the wizards behind Locanda Verde, The Dutch, and now The Library at The Public Theater.
Nestled inside the building’s new mezzanine (in what feels like the midst of the Gilded Age), the cocktail den and dinner joint blends cozy with fancy as seamlessly as barkeep Tiffany Short swirls old-school liquors with seasonal mixers. (Tip: Try the Damsel’s Downfall with tequila and apple-cinnamon shrub.)
Acquaint yourself with burrata with roasted winter veggies and orecchiette with cauliflower. Depending on hunger (or intoxication) levels, continue on to mountain trout with lentils and butternut squash or a bacon cheddar and caramelized onion burger.
There’s an opening cocktail party tomorrow and a free block party on Saturday.
We suggest you check it out.
The Library at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place (212-539-8777 or thelibraryatthepublic.com). Astor Hours cocktail party, Thursday, 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. To buy tickets ($95), go to nycwineandfoodfestival.com. Block party, Saturday, noon-5 p.m.
Photo: Paul Wagtouicz / Courtesy of The Library at The Public Theater