New York is a vibrant city with a range of restaurants and cafes that step up to match the range of culinary preferences that arrive at its doorstep. Summer 2017 brings a state-of-the art restaurant with a distinct focus on cocktails to the city. Mandarin Oriental, New York in partnership with the Alinea Group co-owners Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas have announced the launch of The Aviary (theaviary.tocktix.com), which debuted in Chicago in 2011.
Known for its innovative approach to drinks and their service, the restaurant features a delightful open kitchen that also serves small plates of food that complements the inventive cocktails. Even the ice here serves more purpose than dilution or cooling. An ice-chef chooses from 30 different kinds of ice to get the flavour and texture of each drink just right. The Aviary won the 2013 James Beard Award for the Outstanding Bar Program in The United States.
Set on the 35th floor of Mandarin Oriental, New York, The Aviary NYC will accommodate 90 people and provide views of Central Park and the New York City skyline. An adjacent space, The Office, will provide a more private environment, with 40 seats, a rare spirits collection, classic cocktails, and an entirely different food menu from that offered at The Aviary. Both spaces have been conceptualised by Tihany Design.