Another successful trip to NYC. Lots of shopping, sight-seeing, drinks, and of course GOOD FOOD!. After listening to Dave Arnold talk last year at the High Tech Happy Hour as part of the NYCWFF, a trip to Booker and Dax was added to my “must do” list.
Booker and Dax is a small bar attached to Momofuku Ssäm. The main attraction here are the cocktails. I suggest you find a seat at the bar so you can enjoy the attention to detail that goes into each creation. It is unlike anything I have experienced anywhere else. What makes these drinks special? They use techniques you won’t see at your standard bar. Things like liquid nitrogen to chill the glass, clarifying juice in a centrifuge, etc, are all common place. It’s like having a bar in a chemistry lab.
Since Booker and Dax is attached to Momofuku Ssäm, their bar snacks are also something to behold. While enjoying my drinks I saw several recommendations for the steamed pork buns on Foursquare. Check out this slice of heaven:
There really isn’t much to them, but this is officially my favorite thing I have eaten. (Note I was reaching the bottom of drink 3 when I tried them ). They contained nice sized pieces of pork belly, cucumbers, scallions, and hoisin. The pork belly doesn’t have the rind, so it is extremely fatty and decadent. It melts in your mouth! The cucumbers add crunch and helped neutralize the fat. They were so good I had to order a second batch.
Booker and Dax is a great place to enjoy one-of-a-kind cocktails. They have a small snack menu, but the steamed pork buns alone are worth the trip. If you are a science geek like me, get there early before it gets busy. Then get the bartenders talking about their experience using the centrifuge as well as how some of the cocktail ideas evolved. It is guaranteed to be a great evening of drinks and food.
Dive 2 Five Scale: 3. It’s a small space that really focuses on the drinks. The music variety was intriguing. I heard AC DC, U2, Blondie, and even Hall and Oates Maneater all in one hour. If you are in NYC, you should add it to your “must-do” list as well. This will be something I hit up on all future trips.