NY – The Dead Rabbit is quite a strange name for a bar. The imagery certainly isn’t good and the whole Glenn Close/Fatal Attraction thing doesn’t help, so when we heard about this hot spot in the FiDi we were intrigued.
1. The Taproom – Located in a landmark building circa 1820 in the oldest part of the city, the name, The Dead Rabbit, actually refers to an 1850’s Irish street gang rumored to have brawled with the Bowery Boys — true story. It definitely feels a little like the 19th-century when you enter the long and narrow downstairs bar known as The Taproom. Complete with sawdust on the floor and a historically accurate cocktail menu including craft beer, the largest selection of Irish whiskeys in NYC and pop-ins — a lightly hopped beer mixed with amari or fruit liquors, you’re likely to never leave. Except to go upstairs…
2. The Parlor – It’s a bit more refined upstairs in this beautifully lit space with cozy tables (reservations recommended for dinner) and a pianist playing Ragtime. The authentic Irish menu includes Scotch eggs, sausage rolls, and of course Welsh rabbit. Many of the 72 period inspired cocktails are inspired by obscure recipes from 19th-century bartending manuals including hot and cold communal punches poured into the most delicate and lovely little teacups curated from private collections from the time period.
3. The Grocery – In an unusual twist and a nod to 19th-century Irish speakeasies or “grog shops” that were once hidden behind grocery stores, (in the very back of The Taproom) you’ll find a tiny market where customers can buy and indulge in hard to find Irish and British specialty foods such as dips, vinegars and dried fruit.
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