Greg Seider of the Summit Bar

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  • Photograph: Dale May

    Greg Seider

    Greg Seider

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Bartender Greg Seider at the Summit Bar

    Bartender Greg Seider at the Summit Bar

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Bartender Greg Seider making a margarita at the Summit Bar

    Bartender Greg Seider making a margarita at the Summit Bar

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Margarita at the Summit Bar

    Margarita at the Summit Bar

Photograph: Dale May

Greg Seider

Greg Seider

The talent: Greg Seider

Where to find him: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Summit Bar (133 Ave C between 8th and 9th Sts, thesummitbar.net)

Why you'll dig him: Many bartenders shy away from baroque multi-ingredient cocktails, but Seider is a skilled tinkerer. He was one of the first in NYC to roll out a barrel-aged cocktail, and his culinary experimentations yield madcap combos like agave infused with a pantry's worth of aromatics—chipotle, cardamom, Vietnamese cinnamon. He soaks Afghan raisins in rye and deploys red pepper and saffron as naturally as other bartenders dash Angostura. Yet for all his gastronomic showmanship, Seider is a beast behind the stick: He's fast, he's sharp and he's usually having a damn good time.

He says: "The John Lee Hooker is probably my most original cocktail. It's based on [the blues artist's song] 'One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.' It's misted with Scotch—a smoky Peat Monster—and then there's bourbon, cinnamon, agave and lemon juice, homemade sarsaparilla bitters, and it's topped with an IPA beer. You get every one of those elements in perfect nuance."

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