Jeremy Strawn has been “at this game” for 12 years, but his first time behind the bar ( at Woo Lae Oak in Soho), he literally had to sink or swim. It was a first time bartender’s nightmare… a frantic Friday and no working knowledge of the biz. Luckily, Strawn worked with an amazing bartender that night and he was hooked. Currently, he is the head bartender and consultant for Merchants Hospitality, which has more than seven properties all over New York City. Recently, he curated the cocktail menus at The Black Hound and Industry Kitchen.
Having been “the new guy,” Strawn has some serious advice for anyone starting out on the business. “Learn the classics and understand what makes them classics, taking the time to perfect the techniques. Nothing is more frustrating than having a hot shot new guy mess up your drink, and you ask ‘Why did you shake my Gin Martini?’ and they have no clue it should have been stirred.”
Just because summer is over doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of fun activities in New York City. South Street Seaport has bounced back from the days of Hurricane Sandy and is completely revived, with a number of activities for October and the months to come.
Visit The Black Hound
You can’t go to visit the seaport and not stop for good food and drinks, so stop by The Black Hound when you’re finished shopping and sightseeing. This speakeasy serves elevated bar foods in addition to the local brews and specialty cocktails, all in an intimate setting. It’s a great place to go when you want to wind down after a long day. Try one of their matured cocktails, such as the 100 days old Manhattan, aged 100 days in Rittenhouse rye, Antica Carpano, and leather bitters.
The Black Hound, 301 South End Ave, New York, NY, USA + 1 (212) 945-0562
301 South End Ave.
New York, N.Y., 10289
This contemporary speakeasy offers exquisitely crafted cocktails created by acclaimed New York City mixologist Jeremy Strawn. Below are the must-try cocktails at Black Hound. While all the mixologist at Black Hound are quite frankly amazing, be sure to get a cocktail or two crafted by Jeremy or Leo.
The Nivens McTwisp Tea Time by ” Lewis Carroll”
Can be order for 1 / 2 / 4 people
Dorothy Parker Gin infused with Rose Orange Tea
House made Citrus Bitters
Death in the Morning
By ” James Burke ”
Coffee infused Aperol
by “Carlo Collodi”
Can be served for 1 / 2 / 4 people
Lairds Applejack Brandy
House made Citrus Bitters
Baked Apple Bitters
“These cocktails are seasonal because going forward into fall and winter our cocktail menu becomes more spirit forward focused rather than citrus or juices,” Strawn explained. “The idea behind it is: you get something that doesn’t taste like alcohol, but it’s 100 percent alcohol. ”