Sean Dougherty, The Grand Victory
I desperately need a great hamburger right now. Where do I go?
Walter Foods is my go to. They're right down the street from The Grand Victory, the food and service is excellent, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. But Minetta Tavern has the best burger in town, hands down. Grab a seat at the bar on a Sunday night when Brother Paul and Isaac are working.
Who's got the sweetest Bartender Mustache in town?
I don't know. Some suspender-wearing douchebag, I suppose.
Any bartenders out there you truly admire?
Holiday Cocktail Lounge was a great neighborhood dive in the East Village that closed a few years ago. The old man that owned the place and worked behind the bar would be drunk, wine stains down the front of his shirt, singing and dancing and serving the wrong drinks to customers. I truly miss that man.
Lucy at Lucy's -- also in the East Village -- is one of the sweetest ladies you could ever meet. She remembers every customer that sits at her bar and welcomes you back like family even if it’s been years since you've set foot in the place.
In general, I admire any bartender that respects what they do, is attentive, friendly, knows their product, and takes the time to give each customer the service they deserve. It is not an easy job to do well, which is why there are so many terrible bartenders out there. The good ones deserve our utmost admiration and a generous tip.
The cocktail revolution: has it been won, or are the forces of just-drinking-stuff-neat still standing?
"Cocktail Revolution" sounds like a term Guy Fieri or some other half-wit came up with. If you think you have to choose between imbibing a straight spirit or a cocktail exclusively, you are a moron and probably a very unadventurous and boring person.
Defining "culture" very loosely, what's your favorite cultural activity in New York?
Does watching white people dance count as culture?