With warmer weather (and “soon-to-be” functional subway line) on its way, New Yorkers have no excuse not to venture to the Upper East Side this spring season.
I will tell you – this neighborhood is on the rise in terms of food and drinks. Decadent dishes, crafty cocktails bottomless brunches – or all of the above, once you dive into The Daisy.
Opened in October 2015, The Daisy, an agave-themed gastropub, is the first-time solo venture of 28-year-old restaurateur, James O’Hanlon, who has proven his success with his family-owned restaurant and tequila bar, Agave, located in the West Village.
The Daisy definitely brings downtown style to the Upper East Side. Offering a wide selection of Mexican-American tapas-styled dishes and serious agave-based spirits in a dimly-lit, subdue setting, you honestly cannot tell whether you are in Upper or Lower Manhattan. Groups of drinkers align one of two sharp marble bars while diners, seeking snacks and plates, lounge in plush black-leather banquettes along the monocromatic-gray wall featuring pendent-shaped lamps and large geometric mirrors to bounce off light.
Lucky for me, I had the chance to chill at the back bar with a smoky spirit in hand, and talk ‘booze’ with the bearded bartender, Colin.
Cocktails at The Daisy
This standout cocktail is a classy turn on a traditional margarita – bright Tromba Blanco tequila, floral St. Germain, black pepper infusion, egg white for lightness, and sour-sweet lime marmalade; shaken and poured in a champagne saucer.
A fruitier must-have is The Scorcher, made with Tapatio Blanco with blood orange pomegranate-habanero syrup; shaken and served over rocks – a true match with guacamole topped with pico de gallo, served with salsa verde cruda and blue corn tortilla chips.
South of the Bourbon – Four Roses Bourbon, Allspice Dram, Apple Cider Reduction, Splash of Mezcal *Paired with Tacos
Vodka Monaco – Titos Vodka, Raspberry, St. Germaine, Cucumber, Red Wine Vinegar
The Risk Taker – Mezcal Joven, Pineapple, Green Charteuse, Jalapeño, Lime
EDC – Single Barrel Rum, Oloroso Sherry, Fresh Papaya, Lime (Not Pictured)
I did mention ‘bottomless,’ didn’t I? For under $30, boozy brunch-ers can indulge in one entree and unlimited margaritas, mimosas, bloody mary’s and red & white wines for 1.5 hours – Think about it, Upper East Siders, before you request an Uber to Christopher Street.
The Daisy Details1641 2nd Ave (Between 85th & 86th Streets)
New York, NY 10028
Monday & Tuesday: 4:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Wednesday – Sunday: 11:30 AM – 4:00 AM
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