Ever dream of owning more at your favorite watering hole than just the high score on Nude Photohunt (female only)? Of course you haven't, but now you can anyways, thanks to The Elevens, a Prohibition-style speakeasy seeking to foster a sense of community similar to the era's "social groups" who "toiled in secret to indulge", and enlisting the help of pioneering mixology master Dale DeGroff, and Daniel Patterson, a double-Michelin-starred SF chef.
While not opening until Spring 2012, at this very moment anyone who ponies up $500 can become a "Seatholder", which, in exchange for helping wrap up the project (the option expires as soon as they're fully funded), entitles you to benefits including 25% off your bills for life, the exclusive ability to make a reservation, invitations to off-site private parties, and, most importantly, a "pride of place", because nothing's cooler than getting first dibs on a restaurant full of wild-ass lions!
Though still in development, the menu of modern eats currently is projected to include adventurous noshes of beef tongue w/ sweet onions, pig ear frisee w/ blood orange & fennel, and duck stew, plus filling comfort fare like pork pate w/ confit shallot, hearty Gruyere grilled cheeses, and a Rum Baba Twinkie, probably the only thing O'Riley has left to eat in his (teenage) wasteland.
Not to be outdone, the 'tails are heavy on standards (martinis, sidecars, Old Pals…) that bely an "understanding [of] what makes a drink a classic and the details that make it your favorite", which is mostly that it's your only shot at seeing some nude girls that's not part of a Photohunt.
Published: October 5, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
58 Lispenard St
New York, NY 10013
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