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Existing Conditions is the name of the new cocktail bar co-owned by Dave Arnold, Don Lee (@donbert), and Greg Boehm.

 

Though she had the opening date wrong in yesterday's paper, I'll let Flo Fab take over from here. (I'm hearing May 19th).

 

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Dave Arnold, the avant-garde cocktail master who is in partnership with Don Lee, another drinks innovator, and Greg Boehm, who founded Cocktail Kingdom, which makes and sells barware and books. They will serve some beers and wines, and can stir a proper martini, but that’s beside the point. Their drinks are listed as nonalcoholic (sophisticated, at times sparkling, and priced at $15, the same as the alcoholic selections), carbonated, shaken, stirred straight up or on a big rock. Those in a hurry can buy bottled cocktails from vending machines with a $15 token. 

 

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Cannot wait! I'm going to be in NY next week but sounds like it won't be open yet...

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Agggh is it open yet? I'm planning a 1-night trip to NY to hit them up plus the Polynesian when it opens


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Not open yet. And now doesn't appear to be opening until next month.

 

NYC permits, licenses, inspections, etc. can be a real pain in the ass.

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Believe me, as someone going through it in DC, I know what it's like.

 

Is Polynesian open yet? I see Broken Shaker's NY outpost opened out of the blue.

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No, it had been open for quite a while (sometime in 2011), and closed in 2016.

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Still waiting on their license, but they'll be previewing some of the stuff on their menu one day this week, via a catering license from Mace (another of one of the co-owner's bars.

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I have heard that the license has finally come through.  I expect an opening in the next week or two.

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Went twice this weekend. This might be my favorite bar in New York now, and in my opinion, the only one (maybe alongside Mace) highly-esteemed London Bars like Dandelyan. Between my friends and me, we tried almost the whole menu and everything was phenomenally good and very creative.


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5 hours ago, Hassouni said:

Between my friends and me, we tried almost the whole menu and everything was phenomenally good and very creative.


I seriously doubt I'll ever make it there from where I live but I've been a fan of Don Lee ever since I tried to recreate his Cinema Highball way back in 2010 and he showed up on my blog to comment on it and then gave me the recipe for the infusions and the drink. Turned out I was pretty close with my attempt but not exact and small things can make differences so I did it again with his instructions. Not sure how he found it but I was hugely impressed that he took the time to do that on a small, poorly maintained blog (that I've since let fall by the wayside) by a nobody in the food and drink world. 

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It's very interesting, I went to Booker & Dax a few times, and I didn't feel the same way. Perhaps it's Don Lee's influence at EC, or a synergy created between Don and Dave?

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Hi, Where the bar located in NYC ?

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On 5/13/2018 at 8:21 PM, weinoo said:

NYC permits, licenses, inspections, etc. can be a real pain in the ass.

 

Control-freaks rule!!!

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6 hours ago, bos said:

Hi, Where the bar located in NYC ?

 

Existing Conditions

 

They're doing some special Sunday night dinners, with guest chefs. Best to follow them on social media to find out what's upcoming.

 

And next week, another interesting event called Flaming Cocktails, with David Wondrich and Dale DeGroff.

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6 hours ago, weinoo said:

 

Existing Conditions

 

They're doing some special Sunday night dinners, with guest chefs. Best to follow them on social media to find out what's upcoming.

 

And next week, another interesting event called Flaming Cocktails, with David Wondrich and Dale DeGroff.

Thank You 🙂

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On 2/12/2019 at 7:04 AM, weinoo said:

 

Existing Conditions

 

They're doing some special Sunday night dinners, with guest chefs. Best to follow them on social media to find out what's upcoming.

 

And next week, another interesting event called Flaming Cocktails, with David Wondrich and Dale DeGroff.

 

Wish I could be there for that one. I had two of their red hot poker drinks

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