Booker and Dax at momofuku ssäm

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Booker and Dax at momofuku ssäm Booker and Dax in New York's East Village is a tiny little cocktail bar with some crazy complicated drinks. Cash in on the NYC mixology craze with Party Earth. New York United States 40.73169 -73.985846
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Booker and Dax at momofuku ssäm - Cocktail Bar | Lounge in New York.
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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

  • Subway:

    L: 3rd Avenue / 14th Street, 1st Avenue / 14th Street

  • Phone:

    212-254-3500

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  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 6pm–2am, F–Sa 6pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Booker and Dax at momofuku ssäm Review

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Booker and Dax in New York's East Village is a tiny little cocktail bar with some crazy complicated drinks. Cash in on the NYC mixology craze with Party Earth.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

The bar is co-owned by Dave Arnold, the Director of Culinary Technology at the French Culinary Institute. He often stops in, so if you see him cruising through, make sure to have him explain all the crazy lab equipment. He made most of it!

  • Crowd

    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.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Eclectic ambient music conducive to conversation.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Seasonal upscale bar snacks liked steamed pork buns and seasonal pickles.

  • Prices

    Bar snacks $10–$11. Beer $14–$25, wine $11–$13, cocktails $14.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casually sophisticated: button-down, blazers, designer jeans, fitted tees, designer dresses, sweaters.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    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.

Booker and Dax at momofuku ssäm User Reviews

Average rating:
Go when waiting for a table at Ssam
Mark S. Dec 12, 2012
This is the tiny bar connected to momofuku ssam bar, and I just learned it had a name. I don't think it really deserves its own name, as the reason why most people go here is while waiting for a table at momofuku ssam. Its definitely the only reason I have been. The place is small, but nicely decorated. The drinks are decent but expensive. I'm sure some people come here without going to momofuku ssam, but personally I can't imagine why. very limited seating, and even standing space for that matter. Overpriced drinks that are ok but not amazing for mixology drinks. overall a solid meh.
Cocktail Connisseur
Jaclyn W. Nov 3, 2012
I used to live across the street from the place and would see it packed every single night. There is limited seating available and cafeteria style tables. As a huge fan of the Momofuku restaurants, I expected crazier concoctions. They have a decent menu and the bartenders are actually talented if you request a personalized drink, but it wasn't mind blowing. If you're in the neighorbood, I'd check out Proletariat first.
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