Party Earth Review Centrifuges, hot pokers, and even a rotary evaporation unit are all commonplace at Booker and Dax, a mad scientist-meets-mixologist cocktail bar where both science geeks and the socially chic commingle. Attached... ... read full review
207 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(entrance on 13th Street)
L: 3rd Avenue / 14th Street, 1st Avenue / 14th Street
M–Th, Su 6pm–2am, F–Sa 6pm–3am
East Village, New York –
Centrifuges, hot pokers, and even a rotary evaporation unit are all commonplace at Booker and Dax, a mad scientist-meets-mixologist cocktail bar where both science geeks and the socially chic commingle.
Attached to the Michelin-approved momofuku ssäm restaurant, this tiny, seating room-only hotspot quickly garnered prestige for its complex libations, some of which require inserting a heated rod – primed to 1,500 degrees – before serving.
The rod apparently does some super cool scientific stuff to enhance flavor, but also causes the drink to erupt into flames, which probably leaves a few guests wondering if the wood-paneled walls are fireproof.
Subtle cage lights and ambient music wash over the hip and classy clientele as they relax on thick oak barstools or at one of the few available tables, while the staff details the latest daily creations or serves up popular standards like a gin and juice made with clarified grapefruit.
Employing instruments that look more suited for a science fair than a drinking den, bartenders mesmerize patrons by chilling glasses with liquid nitrogen, bringing drinks to life with on-the-spot carbonation, and mixing in exotic ingredients like distilled horseradish.
The seating-only policy keeps the place from ever getting too crowded, but Booker and Dax is full almost every night, so everyone from casual drop-ins to the top drink critics in the world might have to suffer a wait.
It’s worth it.
Glitzy guests in from momofuku ssäm, cocktail snobs, couples on dates, relaxed connoisseurs, in-the-know tourists, and older professionals, mid-20s to late 30s.
Eclectic ambient music conducive to conversation.
Seasonal upscale bar snacks liked steamed pork buns and seasonal pickles.
Bar snacks $10–$11. Beer $14–$25, wine $11–$13, cocktails $14.
Casually sophisticated: button-down, blazers, designer jeans, fitted tees, designer dresses, sweaters.
Any night guarantees a crowd in this tiny space, but patrons should arrive before 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays if they want to avoid hour-plus waits.
momofuku ssäm (207 2nd Avenue) is part of several “momofuku” restaurants owned by renowned chef David Chang, and its popular fish, meat, and poultry dishes await just behind a curtain in the corner of Booker.