The story goes that during American prohibition bartenders were considered the walking dead – hence the name “Death and Company” of this prohibition style bar in Manhattan’s present day East Village. Here you will find old fashioned stirred and shaken drinks such as the Straw Dog – that’s Compass Box Asyla Scotch, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, fresh squeezed lemon juice, Bitterman’s Grapefruit Bitters, and muddled strawberry – and the Bella Luna which is Plymouth Gin, St. Germain Elderflower, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and Creme Yvette. There’s an abbreviated wine and beer selection but an intriguing list of Champagne cocktails and punches to make up for it. There’s also a “Bites” menu with a lobster roll and crispy pork belly. The scene is all marble and mahogany, quiet but lively. They don’t let more people in than there are seats for so it’s never too crowded but you may have to wait outside – though it’s no problem, the doorman is quite friendly.
Tokio 7 is the little 7th Street consignment shop that everyone goes to. The shelves and racks are always packed with lightly used – sometimes brand-new looking – designer clothes, shoes, and accessories at about half the retail price; and because the store sells so much, everything in there is always current. Looking for a pair of slick Paul Smith oxfords? Or a metallic Gucci minidress? How about a pair of Persol sunglasses? Or a Helmut Lang tank? They’ve got all that – but not for long. Next week it will be gone and in it’s place some Marc Jacobs cargo pants, Valentino motorcycle boots, a couple of Balanciaga handbags, and a Jill Sander shift dress. If you are lucky you may even find a couture Chanel jacket. Whatever you are looking for, Tokio 7 is wort checking out, especially now that it’s in its new location that is just a smidge bigger.