Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas -the minds behind Chicago’s Alinea Restaurant- have now opened The Aviary NYC- a cocktail bar located on the topmost floor of the Mandarin Oriental NYC. The Aviary promises its guests a menu of inventive cocktails and small plates of food against the backdrop of the ever dramatic New York City. The space offers panoramic views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.
The bar’s all-day menu reflects their core principles but also references the historically-rich cocktail culture of New York City. The highlights of the cocktail menu are the Wake and Bake cocktail and the Boom Goes the Dynamite cocktail. The former features Aviary-selected single barrel rye whiskey, coffee and orange are infused into Vermouth; an aroma pillow with the scent of bagels is opened at the table to further enhance thee experience. The latter cocktail is served hot and features two types of rums, vanilla bean infused rooibos tea, violet sugar and vanilla liquor which are poured into a decanter.Dry ice is added to release the aromatics as well as to cool the drink.
On the food menu are items like Chef Grant’s signature Black Truffle Explosion plate, featuring ravioli filled with exploding truffle in liquefied form; Thai Pork Belly with young coconut and banana curry and A5 Miyazaki Wagyu with pickled young ginger, Tofu misozuke and yuzu kosho mustard.
Sharing the top floor with the Aviary is the Office NYC, a speakeasy style space with a collection of world-class rare spirits, a menu of pre-Prohibition style cocktails and a service called “Dealer’s Choice,” where bartenders create a tailored drink based on patron’s preferences, ranging from citrus or herbal tones and favorite seasons to their favorite movie characters, destinations and more. Food at the office includes intriguing dishes like Vegetable Crudités with Snap Pea Bavarios; Prime Ribeye Tartare with Mustard Aioli, Egg Yolk and Cornichons; and Mussels with Smoked Bacon, Leeks and Roasted Garlic among other items.
Visit theaviarynyc.tocktix.com or theofficenyc.tocktix.com to make reservations.