Saturday, August 12, 2017

New York bar pays homage to Oscar Wilde

New watering hole has longest bar in Big Apple

Patti Pietschmann reporting

("I can resist everything except temptation"  Oscar Wilde)
Born Oct.16, 1854 in Dublin, author, playwright and poet Oscar Wilde was a popular literary figure in late Victorian England, known for his brilliant wit, flamboyant style and infamous imprisonment for homosexuality. 

And on Oct.16 he will be further immortalizes by the Oscar Wilde , a new bar in  the NoMad district of Manhattan, that will be the longest bar in New York City at 118.5 feet. Located at 45 West 27th Street which is the former headquarters of NYC’s Bureau of Prohibition and the mob who reportedly listened in on the federal agents, the 5,874 square-foot Victorian themed bar also features an additional standing whisky bar and a private events room.

Driven by Wilde's motto “a public place for private affairs” the bar offers over 300 whiskeys and 32 beers on tap, many of which are sourced from New York State.  Johnny Swet is the head mixologist of Oscar Wilde who crafted the cocktail list that reflects both the Victorian and Prohibition eras, including gin slings, bee’s knees, absinthe drip, and much more. Signature cocktails include “50 Shades of Dorian Gray with Plymouth gin, cherry liqueur, Chinese 5 spice, and citrus, as well as “Oscar Wilde’s Potent Elixir,” which features cognac, gin, Guinness, cassis, lavender, Champagne and orange zest. All cocktails are available for $14 each.

“We named our newest bar after Oscar Wilde, since he was longtime friends with Lillie Langtry, a successful British actress and socialite of the late 19th century and the namesake of Lillie’s Union Square and Lillie’s Times Square,” says Co-Owners Tommy Burke and Frank McCole. “Coming from County Mayo and County Monaghan in Ireland, we grew up reading Oscar Wilde and studying his literature. We want the bar to celebrate his legacy and become an inclusive destination for all.”  

 Oscar Wilde is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m, everyday. It will  offer lunch and dinner service with items such as Crispy Cauliflower Buffalo ‘Wings’ buttered in rice flour and tossed with a Sriracha butter sauce, as well as the signature Wilde Burger, made with imported Irish Beef and topped with crisp house made pickled and chili aioli. Those in search of lighter fare can opt for dishes such as the Cured Salmon with fried capers, crème fraiche, jalapeno, and salted cabbage slaw.

 Design features and artifacts for the bar were hand-selected from around the globe and  include a Belgium piano from the 1890’s, a standing clock from England from the 1880’s, painted glass from Milan dating back to the late 19th century, marble carved in Vietnam, one-arm bar chairs from Mexico, antique fireplaces and more.

Oscar Wilde is located at 45 West 27th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue;  212-213-3066.