Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Drink Like You Mead It

Mead and chicken wings at Distilled, a new old-school pub


It's not every day you can say, "After work, let's pop down to Tribeca and crush a few pints of mead."

But that's what's going down at Distilled, a slight misnomer that can be easily forgiven for helping your Game of Thrones withdrawal.

Instead of a spirits factory, it's an old-school public house — if the public houses of old served mead and moonshine-and-champagne cocktails, that is. You know, the good stuff.

With a Momofuku vet in the kitchen, Distilled serves up a slammin' array of drinking food: wings slathered with Korean chili sauce and a side of Point Reyes blue cheese sauce, charred broccoli with duck bacon, and liver pate with crispy crackers made of chicken skin.

And they'll give you gratis popcorn — dusted with cumin, garlic, and brewer's yeast, which gives it a cheesy kick — just for stopping in.

For the mains, you've got the very difficult task of choosing between country-fried duck & waffles and 24-hour slow-cooked pork ribs.

Mull it over between rounds of that moonshine concoction, or a Derby Shrub (pictured) with chamomile rye, apricot shrub, and mint.

And once again: They have mead. Mead, for God's sake. Where's Tyrion Lannister when you need him?

Distilled distilledny.com
211 West Broadway (Franklin St.), Tribeca
(212) 601-9514

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: 1 to Franklin St. or A/C/E to Canal St.
Scene: Your average, discerning downtown pub crowd
Hot seat: Hit up the 40-seat patio and enjoy this good weather
Best bets: Chicken wings; duck and waffles; glazed pork ribs
Nearby: Kutsher's Tribeca; Terroir Tribeca; Jungsik

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