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This is the new Eben Freeman helmed AvroKO bar, located under Genuine Superette, on the corner of Mulberry and Grand Streets.

 

A friend and I wanted to check it out last night, but it was a F&F thing going on. We got in anyway, as my friend is a friend, or something like that.

 

There are a couple of cool concepts going on, including that cha-chunker machine, which Eben "invented," and which opens a can up so that a mini bottle of booze can be upturned into the can. As you drink the can's contents, the liquor drips in, creating your cocktail. (I had a Dark & Stormy, made with Zacapa).

 

You can grab a bottle of booze off a shelf. It's weighed when you do so, and weighed again when you're done - you pay for the booze by the gram. Then you can pick a modifier, mixer, whatever - and a cocktail will be made for you, or you can make it yourself. Evidently, you can even bartend if you want to.

 

Three's a lot going on here; it'll be interesting to see how it flies. We had 1 cha-chunker each, and a beer, and got the hell out before it got too crazy.

 

Grub Street pics are gonna be better than mine, so...

 

Grub Street

 

 

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Oh yeah, the drinks were comped last night. Though we tipped as much as the drinks + tip would've been, which I think is the right thing to do at an

F & F bar opening.

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This place is great. Stopped in last night after dinner at Yopparai. It was busy, but not quite packed. Eben was behind the stick. My first drink order was a grasshopper. The grasshopper at The Butterfly was amazing, and even though they don't have the same fancy ingredients here (like milk-clarified whatever) it was still pretty goddamn good. Next was an old fashioned - this wasn't quite a traditional old fashioned, he used some other kind of bitters in addition to angostura, but it was great. Last was a bartender's choice, a boozy brown drink served up, but I don't know what was in it. My date also had a couple dark & stormies. Somehow the bill only came to like $40.

 

Obviously I'm going back. Eben said he'd be there for "a while", and his nights are Tuesday through Friday.

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Quick question - we had dinner at Yopparai one night last week (after drinks downstairs, at 151).

 

Do you think the quality level is maintaining?

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I do think the quality at Yopparai is the same. However, I always thought they were a little overrated and overpriced.

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Almost forgot - I tried to order a Rusty Nail at Genuine Liquorette, but they don't have Drambuie! They have a pretty nice wall of scotch, though.

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Almost forgot - I tried to order a Rusty Nail at Genuine Liquorette, but they don't have Drambuie! They have a pretty nice wall of scotch, though.

 

For that you need to go to Oleanders.

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