QC Recommends: Orient Express

29/07/2011 § 2 Comments

On a bit of a lark, I found myself at Orient Express last night.  Have you been?  It was my first time and as someone who enjoys her cocktails with a bit of class and nostalgia, I found myself right at home.  Open for almost a year in the West Village, this teeny tiny bar gives you the distinct impression that you’ve somehow slipped down a rabbit hole to a bar car on the famed Orient Express, complete with ceiling-high luggage racks and a curved ceiling, as you might be able to see from my picture above.

The drinks are what you would expect from a high-end, old school mixologist: lots of interesting concoctions with a knowledgeable bar staff ready to make a recommendation based on your inclinations.  I had the Agatha II: gin, lemon juice, homemade raspberry soda water — perfect for a warm summer evening.  The ambiance was bustling, but not overloud for a Thursday, perfect for a small gathering of friends or a lively date.  As I sipped my cocktail listening to Chet Baker, I knew that this was a place I had to share with you.

To get into the mood, revisit the photos I posted
ages ago of this mighty train line in 1950.

Orient Express
325 West 11th Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 691-8845

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