Mixologist Katie Stipe of Vandaag - New York, NY

103 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(212) 253-0470
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-2am; Sun 11am-12pm

There are lots of reasons to go to Vandaag. One of them is the space, where a funky, sleek modernism feels like what “futuristic” meant to 1960s Holland. Another is the bacon-apple-potato heaven that is “Hete Bliksem (Hot Lightning).” And still another, and extremely compelling reason, is the drinks menu. Compiled by seasoned Mixologist Katie Stipe, who’s done turns at Clover Club and Flatiron Lounge, among others, the menu complements the restaurant’s Northern European theme, like the Beef Short Ribs with Savory Poppy Granola from (now departed) Chef Phillip Kirschen-Clark. Stipe’s list of genevers and akvavits might frighten the caraway and juniper-wary, but she uses the spice and structure of her base spirits nimbly, variously calming and playing up the heat, licorice, and pine to convert non-believers to the camp of Skol. If you don’t feel like going full force with a horseradish and dill-infused aquavit, try something like the Spice Tree, which plays up the earth and heat of aquavit with ras el hanout, and softens the whole thing with lemon, apple syrup, and egg white.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Beef Short Rib: Creamed Leeks, Macerated Shallots braised in House-made Kombucha, and Savory Poppy Granola
  • Spice Tree: Apple and Ras el Hanout Infused Akvavit, Applejack, Lemon, Honey Crisp Syrup, and Egg White

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