Get Your Tiki on at Mother of Pearl, Alphabet City’s Newest Cocktail Bar
Photo: French Connection (Grape, lime, luxardo bitter, blanc vermouth, rum)
Whoever said Alphabet City was grimy is due for a visit to Avenue A this week. East Village nightlife impresario Ravi DeRossi (of Death & Co., Mayahuel, Amor y Amargo) unveils Mother of Pearl, a new cocktail bar and restaurant on the corner of Avenue A and East 6th Street today. The East Side’s answer to the tropical trend of late (the West Village has The Happiest Hour), Mother of Pearl will serve tiki-inspired cocktails and post-modern Polynesian small plates. It’s taking over DeRossi’s Gin Palace, which closed down a few months ago after the building was found to be sinking into the ground — in true East Village architectural style.
The regutted and revamped space resembles a beach cabana with a mid-century tropicana vibe. Airy floor-to-ceiling windows with white, linen curtains open onto the street, and totem pole bar stools, turquoise hues, and leafy wallpaper (plus overhead mother of pearl lights) make the spot a vintage-themed cocktail retreat just in time for the summer.
DeRossi paired up with longtime colleagues Jane Danger (Death & Co., The NoMad Bar, PDT) to curate the beverage program and chef Andrew D’Ambrosi (Bergen Hill and Cienfuegos) to create the menu. Cocktails range from strictly tiki, rum-based tropical drinks to vodka-based concoctions, like the Black Dragon (vodka, oolong tea, peach, lemon, and berenjager). The food menu is small plates focused, and includes sushi from the raw bar, a reinvention of the Polynesian classic poke, and hot dishes like Kahlua pork belly with ginger glaze, pineapple kimchee, smoked cashews, and coconut rice.
Mother of Pearl, 95 Avenue A, New York, NY, 10009
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French Connection (Grape, lime, luxardo bitter, blanc vermouth, rum)
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