2020 New York Rising Star Bartender Harrison Ginsberg of Crown Shy

2020 New York Rising Star Bartender Harrison Ginsberg of Crown Shy
November 2020

Harrison Ginsberg got his start in the hospitality industry through hard work; he took on every front- and back-of-house position at a local Italian restaurant in his native Westchester. In 2009, Ginsberg moved to Providence to attend Johnson & Wales University. Specifically infatuated by beverage and cocktails, Ginsberg bartended at The Dorrance before relocating to Chicago in 2013, where he tended bar at The Dawson. By 2015, he had worked his way up to head bartender, developing and overseeing the rotating, quarterly cocktail menu.

Ginsberg returned to New York in 2016 to bartend at Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry’s award-winning Irish pub and cocktail haven, The Dead Rabbit, and helped open BlackTail, which received Tales of the Cocktail’s 2017 Spirited Award for Best New Cocktail Bar in America. 

In 2019, Ginsberg joined Jeff Katz and Chef James Kent to open the now-Michelin-starred, upscale, seasonal restaurant Crown Shy as bar manager. In addition to crafting Crown Shy’s complex, drinkable cocktails, Ginsberg is creating the menus for two concepts on the top floor of the restaurant’s historic, Art Deco building: SAGA with a fine dining, tasting menu, and Overstory, a 28-seat cocktail bar featuring a wraparound terrace overlooking the city, both set to open in 2021.