Mixologist Yael Vengroff of PKNY - New York, NY

49 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 777-8454
Hours: Fri-Sat 6pm-4am; also open Sun

Wicked brainchild of mixologists and Dutch Kills alums Giuseppe Gonzalez and Richard Boccato, PKNYcombines its rum-soaked tiki culture with an unapologetic nostalgia for New York City in the 1970s—which is why the dark, subtly tropical bar feels so at home in the hip chaos of the Lower East Side. Combining the punkish anarchy of a sordid era with the potency of, say, a Zombie, seems like a risky idea, but the talent behind the bar keeps it classy. The drinks menu is the result of obsessive study by Gonzalez and Boccato, with historically accurate recreations, updates on classics, and original cocktails crafted with the spirit (and spirits) of tiki culture. Yael Vengroff’s NYPD Blue is like the cocktail incarnation of PKNY’s Big Apple-meets-Polynesia philosophy, and her Heaven Hill is like ice cream for the Trader Vic set—creamy, nutty, and just barely sweet, with a righteous dose of flamed 151.

Recommended Dishes:
  • NYPD Blue: Santa Teresa Gran Reserva Aged Rum, Pineapple Juice, Coconut, Lime, Mango, Demerara Sugar, Orchid, Pineapple, and Pineapple Leaf and Coconut Garnish
  • Heaven Hill: Elijah Craig Bourbon, White Cacao, Banana, Orgeat, Cream, and Lime Garnish with Flamed 151 Rum, and Fresh Nutmeg

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