is one of the few places, if not the only place, in the Design District where you can sip a watermelon martini, a drink that is part of the new cocktail menu.
The menu is the creation of Anthony "Tibor" Vecsesi, who was recently hired as Oak Tavern's new head bartender. Having spent the majority of his career in New York City working at Café Deville, Halo, and the Standard Grill, Vecesi comes to Oak Tavern with over 20 years of experience.
For the new menu created in April, Tibor is hoping to bring appreciation for some classic cocktails to the Oak Tavern bar program that go as far back as the 19th century.
Having a stand-out bar program is a counterpoint to chef/owner David Bracha's food menu.
"When I sat down with David we agreed that the most important thing was to feature a solid bar program," Tibor said. "Going with classic drinks was a natural option, and now it's time to raise the bar."
The cocktail menu is divided into two sections: Tavern Cocktails and The Classics. The first of which includes The Green Mile, made with Plymouth Gin, cucumber, chile and lime; The Oak Tavern, made with lemon-thyme infused Tito's Vodka, Yellow Chartreuse and lemon juice; Dublin (one of Tibor's favorites), Jameson Irish Whiskey, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Green Chartreuse; and Watermelon Martini, with Chopin Wheat Vodka and fresh-pressed watermelon. All cocktails in this menu are $12.
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The second menu, The Classics, range from $12 to 14 and include Moscow Mule, made with Absolut Elyx Vodka and ginger beer; Bramble, made with Plymouth Gin or Chopin Vodka, lemon juice, and black and blueberries muddled with St. Germain; Mary Pickford, a blend of Plantation 3 Stars Rum, fresh-pressed pineapple, Maraschino Liqueur and house-made Grenadine to honor the silent film actress.
Oak Tavern also has their popular Oyster Happy Hour, which offers half price East and West Coast Oysters and daily drink specials every day from 4:30 to 7 p.m.