We hope you've been practicing your poker face. Because now there’s no need to travel all the way to the boats to get your gambling fix.
Instead, pull up a table at The Acme Hotel's Berkshire Room, where your dealer for the evening is bartender Benjamin Schiller, a stoic Boka vet with a steely gaze and a heavy (pouring) hand.
He’s the kind of guy you want stirring your barrel-aged Manhattan. But he’s not all business.
There’s one game he's particularly fond of called dealer’s choice, which involves you picking a sprit, flavor profile, and glassware for him to combine into a palate-pleasing cocktail. Want a herbaceous mezcal drink in a Collins glass? You got it.
If you don’t feel like playing Russian Roulette with $13 cocktails, go with a Weston. It’s Schiller's signature, made with wheated bourbon, Dark Matter Coffee essence, and pipe tobacco. It’s the kind of concoction you sip slowly over a plate of bison tartare with caper relish after clearing a dozen oysters and maybe some caviar atop horseradish-potato espuma.
You know, as you do.
Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: Red Line to Grand
Scene: Cocktail connoisseurs and guests of the new and very trendy Acme Hotel
Best bets: Weston; Barrel-aged Continuous Negroni; Dealer's Choice
Nearby: Sable Kitchen + Bar; Rock Bottom Brewery; Osteria Via Stato
photo courtesy ThinkLeigh Photography