In the News: White & Church’s Cocktail Menu

••• Grub Street on White & Church, a.k.a. Il Matto 2.0: “Christina Bini’s wacky drinks were always the best part about the place. So it’s a relief to learn the idiosyncratic mixologist will still be jazzing things up on the new spot’s cocktail menu when White & Church opens Tuesday. We’ve gotten our hands on the list, which is actually two lists: “classic” and “innovative.” On the latter, you’ll see old friends like the smoked martini, garnished with—yes [No. —Ed.]—smoked salmon, and a whole category of drinks featuring insects like grasshoppers; meanwhile, numerous classic options range from a Bloody Mary to a Singapore Sling.” Click the link to see the cocktail list—other ingredients include eggplant cream, Emmenthal cheese, anchovies, and “toasted bees”—if you dare. Pictured: the beet-based Buffalo 66.

••• Theater Bar‘s Albert Trummer has “developed a concept called the Freud Bar, and he’s negotiating with Jason Pomeranc to bring it to one of his downtown Thompson hotels (he’s also negotiating with another party that can’t yet be named).” So it could be the Smyth. “When the first Freud Bar opens as early as August, it’ll be a reservation-only lounge modeled after Freud’s office where Trummer (who is also Austrian) will interview and diagnose about a couple dozen people every two hours.” And you thought the toasted bees were a questionable idea. (Grub Street)

••• According to the New York Observer, some people call the area around Canal Street “Venice.”

••• “Was just at the newly opened Shake Shack across street from GS building. Standing next to a GS employee complaining that his order is taking forever, manager of Shack comes over and says ‘it’s on the Goldman private grill, I’m sorry there was a big order in front of you, that’s all I can do.’ (The SS is open to the public but GS owns the building, which I guess is how they got the private grill.)” Goldman denies it. (Dealbreaker, via Daily Intel)

••• “After scrapping plans for rooftop solar panels, a fuel cell will provide more than enough electricity to power City Hall.” (DNAinfo)

••• “Mary Dierickx, a historic preservation consultant, is leading the effort to landmark 105-107 Washington St., the former Downtown Community House, which was built in the 1920s to offer social services to the burgeoning residential population near the Hudson River docks. […] However, the city has no plans to landmark the five-story brick building just south of the World Trade Center site. The Landmarks Preservation Commission has examined the case twice over the past 10 years and both times found it did not merit designation, said Lisi de Bourbon, spokeswoman for LPC. ‘There are other, better examples of the settlement house movement,’ de Bourbon said Friday. ‘It lacks certain architectural distinction.'” (DNAinfo)


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