In a city where 19th-century saloon style has a choke hold on bar design, the Slab’s spare, industrial look is refreshing. And while latter-day cocktail wizardry tends to hinge on liquors like gin and whiskey, here the spirit of choice is near-flavorless Scandinavian aquavit, which makes an appearance in the Berzerker, a sensory challenge with flavors like caraway, cucumber and dill. Other cocktails—like the overwhelmingly salty, anchovy-garnished, vodka-and-Sambuca-based Moby Dick—make it clear why the hipster crowd favors the beer menu: a well-curated list of 46 foreign and domestic microbrews.
White Slab Palace
|Venue name:||White Slab Palace||Contact:|
77 Delancey St
|Cross street:||at Allen St|
|Opening hours:||Daily 11am–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Delancey–Essex Sts|
|Price:||Average drink: $10. Cash only|