On December 3, Giorgio Rapicavoli ofEating House
and friend/mixologist Eddie Fuentes teamed up and launched Drinking Room, a pop up at theAstor Hotel
Although it was scheduled to run through New Year's Eve, the pop up has closed due to unforeseen circumstances with the venue. The duo is currently working on finding another location, and we'll update this post as soon as we know where they're popping up next.
In the meantime, check out some pictures of the pop up after the jump.
Graffiti painted on black walls and hip-hop tunes indicated that this was Eating House's sister. Cocktails were $12 and tasted more like beverages than booze. Drinking Room wasn't the kind of place you came to drink vodka red bulls. This was a place where you came to enjoy your drink. In one libation dubbed the July in Miami, there was Bacardi añejo and heritage, ginger, Ironbeer, and nutmeg.
Most drinks were stacked with plenty of crushed ice. The Daniel San fused jojo green tea with Wodka vodka, yuzu, shisho, and rambutan, which is a funky looking fruit that resembles a prickly starfish.
The Tenth & Washington, which our server recommended, was cool and refreshing. This drink mixed El Jimador tequila with soursop, citrus, cilantro, and a kick of jalapeño.
It was nice to nibble on something while you sipped, and Drinking Room's dishes were designed to be eaten with your hands.
Rapicavoli conceptualized the menu alongside Ryan Harrison, formerly of Preservation. They created special croquets with black truffle and bacon, served alongside a carbonara dip ($9).
Going H.A.M, which, as the name suggests, was a cocktail with ham in it. Jamón serrano was infused with Old Forester bourbon and then dried and laid atop an Old Fashioned with manzanilla sherry. Fuentes told us the correct way to eat/drink this was to take a sip and then a bite of the serrano.
Korean BBQ empanadas with kimchi, green onion, and sesame ($11) were also spicy. To tone it down, wings ($9) balanced the BBQ with some heat.
To end the night, Drinking Room offered three desserts: ice cream sandwich, mini dirt cups, or WTF balls ($5).
On the menu, below the ice cream sandwich listing, it read: "Duh" -- ice cream sandwich needs no explanation. Once it arrived though, we found out that it wasn't just cookies and vanilla. Instead, cookies and cream ice cream were sandwiched together between cookie dough cookies and topped with salted caramel.
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The WTF balls were bits of carrot cake fried in sweet cornbread batter with cheesecake and apple butter glaze.
Check back soon to find out where Drinking Room will be going next!
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