The Sevens on Charles Street in Boston. It doesn’t matter how many years I’ve been away from home, whenever I walk into The Sevens, someone shouts “Hey Annie!” and I feel so comfy and cared about. They only serve wine and beer, so I sit with an oatmeal stout, watch the regulars play darts and admire James the cook’s bracelets.
Shots of Fireball (an intense whiskey-based liqueur) on a super-late Friday night at Niagara in Manhattan’s East Village.
Evening Bar is very much a dark, intimate, even sexy environment, while Westlight is more open, bright, and playful, so I found myself focusing on making a menu that reflected that feel. Instead of plays on boozy fireside sippers, Westlight will feature fun rooftop-friendly cocktails inspired by root beer floats, shandies and tiki classics.
A great barback.
“Stoop Kid” was one that got many comments from guests at Evening Bar. They all thought it was named after a character on Hey Arnold!, but I’ve never seen that show. Really, it was named after a friend of mine and our bad habit of ending evenings out in the wee hours by sitting on a stranger’s stoop with beers wrapped in paper bags.