To locate a punch bowl is one thing, but to fit a punch bowl – a cut-crystal punch bowl, ladle and all – in your tight apartment to host your friends is another thing. Take your favorite party people to one of these six New York City hotspots for a booze-filled bowl.
Large Format Punch Bowls
Honey Rum Punch at The Stinger
The Stinger by Todd English, offers an array of punch bowl cocktails and shareable bites specifically “for the hive.” The signature punch bowls are served for groups of four or eight guests, prices vary $55 – $96. We recommend the Honey Rum Punch created by Beverage Director Francesco Lafranconi – Made with Pyrat Rum, homemade hot black tea, fresh squeezed lime juice, demerara syrup, Millefiori honey (from the hotel’s rooftop) and Peychaud’s bitters; freshly grated nutmeg, orange and lemon citrus wheels afloat. Honey-grilled shrimp cocktail to compliment. InterContinental New York Times Square, 300 W. 44th St, 212-803-4545, thestingernyc.com, @thestingernyc
Silent Assassin Punch at Adoro Lei
A great way to identify a “Best for Group Dining” spot is to check out their pizza selection…because parties revolve around pizza, right? Not only does Adoro Lei offer savory and sweet ‘pies’ for sharing, but they understand the importance of pairing those serves 2-3 dishes with a boozy drinks. Instead of individual $13 cocktails, order a punch bowl for the whole crew for $55. Load up on the Silent Assassin Punch – Don Julio Reposado Tequila, fresh lemon juice, honey syrup, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, pink grapefruit juice, absinthe and club soda. Be sure to thank mixologist Elayne Duff when stumbling out, and hey, come back weekends to drink this “party in a bowl” unlimitedly. 287 Hudson St, 646-666-5096, www.adorolei.com, @adorolei
High Line Fling at The Standard Grill
The Standard High Line is the ultimate ‘one-two punch’ spot: Dinner at the lively Standard Grill, drinks at the legendary Top of the Standard. Get your drank on early with the Grill’s punch service. Choose the High Line Fling – A mix of champagne, orange liqueur, grapefruit and lavender. Keep it at four guests if you want that all-night buzz. Please avoid the hot-tub at Le Bain.
Pro Tip: “Although two punch bowls are available on the menu at any given time, all cocktails on the grill menu are designed to be served in a large format with the exception of spirit-forward cocktails,” states Chef Cuisine de Bar, Gates Otsuji. 848 Washington St, 212-645-4100, www.thestandardgrill.com, @thestandard
“Honey” Badger at Cienfuegos
If you didn’t know, Cienfuegos recently changed up their menus, now offering plant-based food and drinks (hence, “honey”) in its sexy, second-floor East Village lounge. Surround yourself with your favorite ladies over rum rice and beans, and the “Honey” Badger punch made with Flor De Caña white rum, apple brandy, lime juice, passion fruit and jalapeño “honey” cane syrups, ideated by Jane Danger (Mother of Pearl). Come through for latin jazz, Monday nights 8:00PM – 11:00PM. 95 Avenue A., 212-614-6818, www.cienfuegos.com, @cienfuegos_nyc
Cazuela Guadalajara at Dos Caminos
This punch bowl is for VIP only…well, not really, it’s just available for special events. In other words, you won’t see it on the menu. Certainly ask your server about the specialty item if you looking to turn up. Try the Cazuela Guadalajara made with silver and gold tequila combined with bite-sized chunks of watermelon and pineapple, orange and ruby grapefruit wedges, lemon and lime slices and star-shaped star fruit; Lime, orange and pineapple juices and Mexican Squirt added for citrus flavor. All locations, www.doscaminos.com, @doscaminos
Rum Punch at The Rose Club
“Plush” is one word to describe it, “pricey” is another. Although The Rose Club’s punch bowls cost $300 each, it is perfect for groups of six-to-eight guests. Do the math, and that’s under $40 per person and lots of booze. Enjoy not one, but three types of rums in the Rum Punch – Ron Zacapa, Appleton and Bacardi white, in addition to, lime and pineapple juices, simple syrup, orange and peach Fee Brothers bitters, Angostura bitters and Fever Tree ginger ale. Dive into the bowl and sink into the velvet couches. The Plaza Hotel, 768 5th Ave. at Central Park S., 212-546-5311, www.theplazany.com/dining/the-rose-club/, @theplazahotel
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