The other night, after spending the day at the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side (featured in the likes of the book of the same location, 97 Orchard) we went out for a romantic evening. Grotto Osteria e Giardino.
The overall experience in the garden, despite the weather, was fantastic and the food more than lived up to expectation (any dish that comes with the special buffalo panchetta is worth a look, so is the Milanese, fyi). The specials more than pleased, including the beverages, which is not something I traditionally associate with Italian restaurants since it’s not part of the traditional meal.
The menu itself features two bourbon toasts of note… the New Orleans traditional Sezerac featuring Rye Whiskey, Peychaud’s Bitters, and sugar, served Up in an Absinthe Rinsed Glass and the Southern Drawl featuring Bourbon, Peach Juice, Fresh Mint, Lemon Juice. An interesting variation was the special of the day “Beast of Bourbon” which was bourbon, bitters, mint and lemon shaken with ice. It was strong, smooth, and definitely special. There weren’t big clumps of mint, but rather a nice essence, and the lemon was enough to pucker your lips only slightly while the Bourbon was allowed to do it’s traditional sweet spot in the forefront. I’m not really a big fan of ruining a good sippin’ bourbon with extras, but this was worth a spot on the palette for sure.