Tucked away on the second floor, above the recently opened Chard restaurant, is Singlish. Singlish pays homage to the world-class Singapore craft cocktail culture in a tongue-in-cheek fashion with the help of Beverage Director Colin Stevens. Guests can look forward to a Singaporean twist on the classic martini with ingredients like black powder gin, salted egg vermouth, and a salted egg stuffed olive garnish. Looking for a more fiery drink? Ask for their Steven Hawker’s Highball made with cazadores blanco tequila, ancho reyes, pineapple, orange, lime, and a splash of fish sauce. Like Chard, Singlish also sports a tasty Southeast Asian menu and features standout dishes like their soy seasoned jellyfish and duck tongue braised ginger scallion. Oh, and of course, as we recommended for Chard, don’t forget to ask for their signature Singlish fries. You can find Singlish at 17 E 13th St between 5th Ave and University Pl.
There are two interesting facts about Martiny’s name. One, it comes from the owner Takuma Watanabe’s favorite cocktail, and two, it pays homage to Philip Martiny, a French-American sculptor whose studio used to occupy the space. Martiny’s retains its original 1800s carriage house architecture, and the cozy, intimate layout is perfect for dates and small gatherings. The menu features signature cocktails like the popular Royal Horse’s Neck drink prepared with cognac, orange, lime, egg white, and champagne. Another standout is the ‘The Grand Martiny,” made with Bombay Sapphire gin, La Cigarerra sherry, 2016 port, Hine Rare Cognac, St Germain, and grapes. We learned from a server that the sherry is from a 1978 bottle. “When this bottle is done, that’s the end of it!.” says the server. Find Martiny’s and this rare cocktail at 121 E 17th St between S Park Ave and Union Square.
GG Tokyo is a lively bar and restaurant opening in March - inspired by six tiny alleys in the Golden Gai district of Tokyo, which is home to over 200 bars and restaurants. Golden Gai, in Shinjuku, comes to life after dusk and is a food and drink mecca to locals and tourists alike. With a focus on Japanese small plates, GG Tokyo will take cues from the simplicity and comfort of izakaya dining and the seasonality and refinement of kaiseki dining to create a place you can settle in, grab a drink, and enjoy a few bites. In addition to the food and beverages, guests can expect an exciting atmosphere that will include late-night programming and special events, from DJs and live entertainment to curated omakase experiences and more. Find GG Tokyo at 120 East 28th street by Lexington Ave.