Ever been nostalgic for New York of the gritty 1970s? … Yeah, neither have we. But Golden Cadillac, opening on Nov. 7, is looking to change that; the bar is a tribute to this overlooked era in NYC (and certainly NYC cocktail) history.
The Story: A partnership between three big names in the business — Giuseppe Gonzales (Clover Club, Painkiller), Greg Boehm (Cocktail Kingdom), and James Tune (Pegu Club) — this cocktail bar is themed after New York of the 1970s, complete with strawberry daiquiris and Long Island Iced Teas — given a little upgrade, of course. The food menu follows suit, inspired by 1970s issues of Gourmet magazine — tuna casserole, Monte Cristos and the like — from Miguel Trinidad, chef at Maharlika and Jeepney.
The Look: With windows out onto the prime location of 1st and 1st in the East Village, Golden Cadillac is easy to find your way to; inside, it’s a snug bar in muted oranges and browns, patterned wallpaper and mirrored surfaces — that is to say, fully in theme.
The Drinks: Do you want a hot Grasshopper or a Miami Vice? Golden Cadillac’s handily illustrated cocktail menu takes you through a whole roster of throwback cocktails; try the first drinkable Long Island Iced Tea you’ve ever had, with premium spirits and Mexican Coke.
The Scene: Given the cocktail cred of the owners, expect a real industry crowd here — as well as curious passersby and just about anyone who can’t resist ordering a Buttery Nipple.
13 First Ave.