NYC Cocktail Week: Day 7
June 22, 2011, 2:31pm
Pegu Club: 77 West Houtson Street, SoHo
NYC Cocktail Week has not only been a great series of events thus far, it has also been very informative. We’ve known that New York City is chock full of great bars, lounges and restaurants but using the trial and error method to find theme can be disheartening or even downright annoying at times. So kudos go out to Liquor.com for beginning this festival of sorts and also for introducing us yesterday to the Pegu Club.
We began the evening at the plush SoHo abode with a reassuring drink known as a Silver Lining–Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Spanish liqueur, lemon juice, raw egg white and club soda. After tasting the cocktail for the first time we hypothesized that the sweetness of the drink is directly attributed to the Spanish liqueur inside, but the bite definitely came from the rye; a great balance to outline the goodness of the day.
With the need for a bit of sustenance we were glad to see the beer-battered Crispy Squid on the menu. What made us even happier was the way it tasted. Its flavor is truly similar to that of the calamari served at the now closed Elizabeth and trust us, it was a best seller over there. If you like calamari, you have more than enough reason to go over to the Pegu Club. Please note there are many other reasons as well…
While the early-in-the-week-taste-for-tequilathon has seemingly appropriated our existence the past few days, we looked forward to keeping in theme with the Li’l Jig–Don Julio Blanco Tequila, herbal liqueur, lime juice and Thai basil. This cocktail had a glow about it: both figuratively and literally. The Chartreuse provided a green hue to the drink that would have surely made Bruce Leroy proud and the taste let you know that there was something in your glass with plenty of gusto.
All and all, our brief stop at the Pegu Club made us feel the need to learn even more about what they had to open. Also, we’ve heard there are a few other rooms in there that we should see. We’re up to it whenever the Pegu Club is ready, but until then you should make sure this is one of your stops during New York City Cocktail Week… and beyond.