What to Drink at ABC Kitchen

February 25, 2013 | by kara newman | Food & Drink News

You can be a Master of the Universe and still want to save the planet. That’s the ethos at ABC Kitchen by Jean-Georges, the bright and airy atelier within Flatiron’s ABC Carpet & Home. Here, a mix of power players from the financial, fashion, and art worlds meet at this Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant centered around local, sustainable, and organic ingredients. And of course, that extends to the bar, from Manhattans made with McKenzie Rye Whiskey from the Finger Lakes region (perhaps paired with crab toast and lemon aioli) to a fully biodynamic wine program.

“We try to maintain a 350-mile radius for farm vendors, including liquor,” says Ryan Armstrong, General Manager for ABC Kitchen. Luckily, the recent artisan distilling boom gives the bar plenty to work with. Even Jean-Georges classics like the vodka-thyme lemonade are given an “ABC spin,” updated with Vermont Gold, a vodka made from Vermont maple sap, organic citrus, and herbs fresh from the restaurant’s rooftop garden and the neighborhood greenmarket. However, that same lemon-thyme base also transforms into a crisp house-made soda, hold the spirits.

That’s right: the new power drink doesn’t always have to mean alcohol. Armstrong notes, “We have guests from the Middle East who don’t drink.... Or the businesswoman who is pregnant, but still needs to drink with the guys from BlackRock.”

Power cleansers can also opt for cold-pressed juices from Organic Avenue (a bespoke line available at ABC) in flavors such as the Mellow Love, a colorful mix of cucumber, romaine, spinach, parsley, and Himalayan sea salt, its vibrant green glory showcased in a wine glass. 35 E. 18th St., 212-475- 5829

photography by rebecca sahn

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