Just Opened Sugar East

By Time Out New York April 5, 2017 PDF Article Original Article Press
Just Opened Sugar East

Don’t let the name throw you—drinks, not dessert, are the focus of this Upper East Side spot. Cocktails from Mulberry Project’s Jeremy Strawn each center on a different titular ingredient: The Coconut features the juice of that fruit spiked with Havana Club rum, fernet, absinthe, lime and burnt cinnamon, while the Tobacco stirs house-made tobacco bitters with Royal Elite vodka, lemon and vanilla. Beyond cocktails, the retro-glam bar—decorated with a mahogany-accented staircase, brown-leather banquettes and LED-lit bar shelves—also offers a selection of West Coast and French wines and bottled beer (Radeberger pilsner, Allagash White ale). The accompanying food menu from chef Stephen Lyle (Treadwell Park) includes warm-weather fare like lobster arepas with chives and pomegranate seeds, and mango-pineapple beignets soaked with rum and topped with almond ice cream.