Drinking in NY: BlackTail (1/5).
If you find yourself in Lower Manhattan, maybe after having visited @deadrabbitnyc
or the Statue of Liberty, it’s imperative that you go and have a drink at @blacktailnyc
’s second NY stronghold.
Once again these guys, coming over from Ireland and showing NY’s brightest and best bartenders how it’s done, manage to put you in a time-travel capsule. Whereas Dead Rabbit takes you back to NY in 1850; BlackTail is your ticket to a pre-revolution Havana bar, sipping delightful drinks next to Ernest Hemingway.
“This might not be a popular opinion,” Sean explains, “but I’m a huge fan of Hemingway’s. He was a product of his time, like everyone else is. I’m not saying I endorse everything he did, but man - this guy lived a full life.”
Hemingway’s cosmopolitan and luxurious ways, set in the tropical paradise that was Cuba in the 1950s, is what BlackTail wants to bring across, along with modern twists on the classics that American bartenders brought to Havana in that era. The BlackTails were seaplanes that brought wealthy Americans from NYC (they were stationed on the Hudson, not far from where the bar is) to Cuba.
Needless to say @shannanasss
and me loved our time in BlackTail. I was in Havana last year, and I’ve seen that it doesn’t really have a cocktail scene to speak of (I didn’t even like the frozen Daiquiris in La Floridita, a place swarmed by wriggling tourists that only want to get a picture with Hemingway’s statue), but after having been to this bar, I definitely would’ve loved to have a drink around the 1950s, chin-chinning with Ernest.
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