SquareMeal Review of
The Bar at Blixen
This new Brit brasserie from Clive Watson (The Garrison, Village East, Riding House Café) proffers drinks and small plates at the main bar, but scoot downstairs for cocktails in quirkier quarters. A folksy bar inherited from the premises’ previous incarnation as an Italian trattoria, together with new JFK-era styling, suggest the sort of Brooklyn dive where Mad Men’s Don Draper would put the make on a naive stenographer in the bar’s secluded alcove. Fitting fixes include Don Cherry (a Stoli Salted Karamel vodka and Cherry Heering Sour) and Mariachi Manhattan, a Tapatio añejo, vermouth and absinthe rinse. A gin, spiced apple, elderflower and crème de mûre number goes by the name of Hedgeland – make that Hedge Fund-Land, given Blixen’s proximity to City boys and their bonuses.