Long before the current crisis hit, it would be rare on any given night to not find guests loitering in front of Death & Co in the East Village waiting to score a seat at one of New York City’s best bars.
But for $10,000, say goodbye to those lines—and you better be thirsty. Beginning this week, one of the most influential bars in the country has made itself available to everyone. The Death & Co At Home packages are now on sale and can be redeemed once shelter-in-place orders are lifted. Beverage Director Tyson Buhler and Culinary Director Wes Hamilton will travel anywhere in the continental U.S. to host up to 12 people in your home. You get to consult on the menu beforehand and when the evening begins, there will be a martini hour with canapes as you loosen up before a four-course dinner—with cocktail pairings, of course. We’re told you have the bar for about five hours and everything is served with glasses, plates and utensils from the award-winning bar.
The promotion is available on the bar’s e-commerce platform among the Death & Co Experiences selection, of which 20% of all sales go toward the Death & Co Emergency Staff Relief Fun. The intimate experience is meant to let patrons recreate the magic of Death & Co in their homes, as Buhler will also concoct drinks on request. If the price for skipping the line is too high, however, there is a $200 five-pack pass you can buy for priority reservations that's good for a year (of course, you'll have to be in New York, L.A. or Denver).
Other notable New York establishments are also auctioning off experiences to help keep their businesses alive and to support unemployed staff. Chef David Chang of the Momofuku empire will be cooking in someone’s home to fundraise. Meanwhile, Major Food Group—whose expanding portfolio of restaurants includes Carbone, The Grill, Santina and Parm—is offering an “Original Torrisi Dinner” dinner for 12 cooked in the original Soho space. As of this afternoon, the current bid stands at $52,500.
If you don’t have $10K to burn, for half the price tag of the At Home experience, you can have Death & Co’s co-owner Alex Day consult on your Custom Bar Cart—it surely beats alcohol to-go options or those of us turning to virtual home bartending lessons. Day will handpick a bar cart, provide a bar tool kit, sign two of the bar’s books and select an array of spirits accompanied by a personalized menu.
As for tipping on either experience? We’re told it’s at your discretion.
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