The first time you visit Attaboy, at 34 Eldridge Street, you’ll wonder if you’re at the right door. You’ll spot a small buzzer. Press it. Soon a host will appear, smile, and usher you into a long, narrow space. The journey from sidewalk to bar is the adult equivalent of stepping through the closet and into Narnia.
Once you’re through the curtain, the wood-bordered, brushed-steel bar is on your left. Those familiar with Attaboy’s predecessor, Milk & Honey, will notice that it has been lengthened, giving the space a more casual, accessible feel. There’s a booth up front and a few in the back occupied by a stylish crowd sipping stylish cocktails through metal straws from cut-crystal glasses. It’s a sexy, effortlessly cool spot. Consider bringing a date.
Definitely, saddle up to the bar and chat with bartender Sam Ross, who will ask what you normally drink, what you’ve been drinking this evening, what you’ve eaten and what you’re in the mood for. He’ll whip something up and if it doesn’t suit your taste, no worries, he’ll try again. A request for something smoky with tequila on the rocks yielded the Oaxaca Old-Fashioned: Angostura bitters with agave nectar, Reposado tequila and a dash of mezcal poured over a single block of ice in a hefty rocks glass. Sam explains that this drink was created by Phil Ward when he worked at East Village cocktail haunt, Death & Co. Mojito drinkers will enjoy the Queens Park Swizzle, a cocktail named after the Trinidadian hotel where it was first created in the 1920s: overproof Demerara rum, simple syrup, and a squeeze of lime served in a Collins glass with a tight layer of Angostura bitters and a bouquet of fresh mint. Both drinks were radically different but equally outstanding.
Have time for one more? Ask Sam for a Penicillin: honey, fresh ginger, lemon juice and scotch served on the rock with a smoky Islay float. He created it himself and it’s delicious.
While this bespoke cocktail service doesn’t come cheap (cocktails range from $15 to $18), when you consider the fact that you may be introduced to a new drink with an interesting history that you can enjoy without the hassle, the prices quickly become reasonable. Just imagine you’re buying a ticket to Narnia. You wouldn’t be wrong.