Rising Star Mixologist Natasha David of Nitecap - Biography

New York, NY

February 2015

If Natasha David seems to bring something a little more cosmopolitan to the bar, it’s for good reason. David was born in Germany and grew up in an eclectic household, with musician parents who had David globetrotting from one opera house to another when she was just a kid.

By the time she was 18, and with a clear creative bent of her own, David was more than equipped to handle fast-paced culture hub New York City. Enrolling at New York University to pursue a theater degree, David supported herself with a job at an Irish pub. What might seem like a fairly unglamorous situation was a mini-revelation for David, who began working behind the bar less as a means to an end than an end in itself.

David didn’t stay pub-side for long. Talented and ambitious, she was assistant general manger and bar manager at The Corner Shop CafĂ© in Noho by her senior year, and the gigs haven’t stopped. From the opening staff at Woodson & Ford (where she worked with Lynette Marrero and Jim Kearns and the cocktail bug took serious hold), David went on to mix Italian at Maialino and Pulino’s, Scandinavian at Vandaag, absinthe-happy at Maison Premiere, and just happy at Prime Meats. She also has worked with Brian Miller at Diageo’s New York headquarters, and taught bartending classes at Haven’s Kitchen. Following a successful stint at Demi Monde, David is now head bartender and co-owner of rowdy, unassuming Nitecap on the Lower East Side, part of the powerhouse Proprietors LLC family of bars, for which she is also a consultant. In 2015, David earned a StarChefs Rising Star Bartender Award for her work.