Booker and Dax


Bar Manager Tristan Willey of Booker & Dax - New York, NY

207 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-3500
Hours: Sun-Thurs 6pm-2am; Fri-Sat 6pm-3am

If Dave Arnold is captain of cocktail-tech temple Booker and Dax, Tristan Willey is his second mate. Bar Manager might be the more accurate term, but the way things go at Booker and Dax, you might also expect to see Willey in a lab coat and/or safety goggles, depending on the current menu. Not that high-tech gadgetry is the name of the game at this East Village cocktail addition to the Momofuku empire; Arnold and co. care more about finding the science behind the best (and most expedient) cocktail. If that happens to involve liquid nitrogen and a hand-crank Japanese ice machine, so be it. Willey uses the high- and low-tech arsenal to his advantage, demonstrating savvy and humor with drinks like the Gin and Juice (made with carbonated clarified grape juice) and the rich, ready-to-serve Bottled Manhattan (one of the best we’ve tasted, period). The eclectic space acts as a theater of sorts, with everyone in decent eyeshot of the bar.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Bottled Manhattan: Rye, Sweet Vermouth, and Bitters
  • Gin and Juice: Gin, Clarified Grapefruit Juice, and Salt

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