The Bee’s Knees
SoHo’s Bar Martignetti might be known more for its polo-and-pearls clientele than its food and drinks, but it actually serves one of Manhattan’s best cocktails. At first we were wary of the year-and-a-half-old restaurant, the sophomore outing from twentysomething brothers Anthony and Tom Martignetti; after all, in a Sunday “Styles” cover story, New York Times reporter Allen Salkin had quoted one of the bar’s fans as saying “You don’t meet girls here you want to hook up with once, you meet girls here you want to hook up with multiple times.” Oh, the chivalry! But we put our preconceptions aside and discovered that the bar is not without its sophistication. Exhibit A: The Bee’s Nest, a zingy concoction of rye whiskey, ginger, and honey. The drink’s success lies in the secrets of its ingredients. After being infused with French lavender, Dean & Deluca honey is muddled with freshly microplaned ginger. The mixture is then finished off with top-quality Michter’s eight-year-aged Kentucky rye whiskey and served in a rocks glass over large-cubed ice. The brew is one we could happily drink all night—in fact, we have. At 406 Broome St.; 212-680-5600.