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Review: Bathtub Gin

Bathtub gin used to refer to homemade alcohol during the prohibition, but today Bathtub Gin is one of the coolest spots in downtown New York City. What exactly is today’s Bathtub Gin? Somewhere between speakeasy – supper club – brunch joint – coffee shop, I just like to think of it as the gift that keeps giving.

Most of the cocktails are gin-based and well, glorious. They have some interesting custom cocktails but they really nail the classics – negronis are always spot-on and I had one of the best Pimms Cups ever here.

Bathtub Gin cocktail
Since they opened about a year ago, they’ve branched out to entertainment (burlesque shows every 3rd Sunday of the month), dinner and now brunch. And the food is surprisingly good. For 20$ their prix fixe brunch is reasonable and includes a bloody mary or mimosa. They bring an adorable basket of mini-pastries to the table with some sort of sweetened whipped-butter and raspberry jam. My lovely friend raved about her omelette and my kobe beef sliders were very good – they may have been perfect if it were not for the lame white bun. 
Bathtub Gin brunch – mini croissants, muffins and pain au chocolat
Bathtub Gin brunch – kobe beef sliders and garlic fries
I’m so glad that Bathtub Gin is getting one thing right at a time before moving to the next – they are doing a fabulous job. I will keep coming back for cocktails and now the food also!
Bathtub Gin
132 9th Avenue, btwn 18th and 19th (through the secret door in Stone Street Coffee Company)
New York, NY 10011

{ 7 comments… add one }

  • Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy April 16, 2012, 8:02 am

    This place is right up my alley. I have bookmarked it for when I come to NYC in September! So excited :)

  • Tima April 16, 2012, 7:29 pm

    I am into Gin these days!!

  • Andrea April 16, 2012, 9:44 pm

    So yummy! Can’t wait to go back! Keep up the good work Ahu!

  • Anonymous April 17, 2012, 7:38 am

    Can I take that basket of mini pastries please?

  • ahu April 17, 2012, 7:43 am

    @Anna – great! happy to help point you to any other cool places for your trip :)
    @Tima – me too, it’s my favorite.
    @Andrea – thank you for taking me there and for always reading!
    @Anon – you should try it!

  • Lemon April 19, 2012, 4:04 am

    Seems like a place I have to remember an try out when I’m back in New York.

  • lisa is cooking April 20, 2012, 5:27 pm

    What a great name! Sounds like fun to visit. I can never resist a well-made cocktail.

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