TGIF! I hope that you all had a good work week and are getting ready for the weekend. Today I will be featuring two bars each with their own style and feel. Pianos is more bar scene with a stage for live music, but The Hurricane club is more sit down and also features an exotic twist to many of its drinks.
Pianos (158 Ludlow Street, New York, NY)
|Front entrance of Pianos on the Lower East Side|
Pianos is located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and is a place for all those music lovers out there. Featuring many different bands and individual artists Pianos has a very laid back feel and overall atmosphere. One thing that especially caught my eye was their very affordable happy hour.
Their happy hour everyday is from 3-7 pm and they feature $3 select beers, $4 well drinks and $4 select wines. If the drinks prices weren’t enough to try and get you to come in there is also a bar menu that has $5 select appetitizers on it such as: chicken tenders, chipotle buffalo wings, and their infamous Grand Piano Nachos (mediterranean salsa, melted cheese, chickpeas, sour cream and guacamole).
|Main bar with the entrance to the live stage room on the left side|
- Red Square Martini (Absolut Kurant and ruby red grapefruit)
- Ludlow Tropical (Malibu banana, Stoli vanilla, pineapple and ginger ale)
The Hurricane Club (360 Park Avenue, New York, NY)
|Inside decor of the Hurricane Club, makes you feel like your on an escape island|
The Hurricane Club is more a sit down restaurant than a bar but it has some very interesting drinks that I thought I would share with you. But first they do have some food worth mentioning. Because of the over all tiki-theme of the place much of its food and drinks have a little inspiration from that too. Some of the food items include: mussels, scallops, grilled duck breast, cashew chicken, and also sirloin. All of there food has a combination or touch of exotic flavors that really can get your taste buds screaming for more. Flavors like mango, citrus and ginger are some of the main ingredients in some of the entrees offered.
|Some of the “glasses” used at the Hurricane Club, including the Watermelon cocktail (left)|
Now to the best part of this place, the cocktails. Just like the food that is featured at the restaurant the drinks also have their own exotic, hawaiian touch to them. Here is just a couple of their drinks that are on their menu:
- Waikiki Margarita (Patron silver tequila, fresh lime juice with a rimmed glass with Hawaiian pink sea salt)
- The Watermelon (Vodka, fresh lime, mint, rhubarb all served in a watermelon to share with your friends)
- Mango Cider Flip (Vodka, spiced mango cider, cliantro, and black sea salt)
Also something that they have is very exotic different kinds of sipping rums (for all you rum lovers) that can sometimes be hard to find: El Dorado 21 yr, Oronoco, and Ron Zacapa “XO”.
If you get a chance to grab and drink at some of these places let me know what you thought about them and make sure you let me know about any places that you think we should feature next for Bar & Cocktails of the Week. Enjoy your weekend and get your stomachs ready for some more delicious restaurants on Monday. Best Wishes.