HOBNOB reviews Wallflower, where we sampled some spectacular libations—including a gin cocktail with lavender accent— while listening to an innovative playlist. The West Village has another charmer in the ‘hood.
On a charming street in the West Village is the even more charming Wallflower, where Xavier Herit (former head bartender at Daniel) is delighting guests with his exemplary cocktail creations. His seasonal cocktail menu offers something for everyone. Want something bold? Try the Mamasita, with reposado tequila, smoked grapefruit cordial and a tasty cinnamon rim. Rum lovers will dig the Caught Inside, named after the surfing term for being caught inside a wave. This drink looks like a milk-shake with its mountain of crushed ice, and is a combination of Hamilton Jamaican Black Rum, Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac, Orgeat syrup, and Angostura bitters.
Everything about this place makes guests feel at ease, the cozy space and the attention of the staff give it a true village feel. Even the music here is spectacular, again courtesy of Herit, who is also a DJ in his spare time. As for the menu, go for the generous prix fixe dinner, perfect for sharing. For the table, three dishes arrive in each category: Raw Bar, Charcuterie, and Cheese, followed by a choice of entree, and dessert—all for $68.
The Arlay Sour, our featured cocktail, has the right amount of sour and sweet—and the subtle scent of lavender with evey sip is a heavenly detail. The inspiration for this cocktail comes from Wallflower’s dessert wine from the town of Arlais (Chateau d’Arlais in Jura, France)—whose flavors work beautifully with honey, gin, and chamomile. Wow your guests with this cocktail at the gin tasting. wallflowernyc.com