A few months ago the long awaited La Sirena opened in New York City's West Chelsea neighborhood, replacing La Bottega in the Maritime Hotel. It is of course the newest restaurant in the Italian restaurant empire run by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. Luckily, I have had the chance to eat there a few times since March. The food is excellent as one would expect from the kings of New York Italian food. But, the drinks are really something special.
The centerpiece of the restaurant a 38-foot white Caesarstone bar which functions as a grand entryway and the heart of the restaurant itself. Since La Sirena is located in West Chelsea on the cusp of the Meatpacking District, it is important to consider dual functionality. I think the team at La Sirena has stuck a fine balance between fine dining and trendy bar scene.
Of course they would not be able to do this without great drinks. When I say great drinks, I mean well thought out mixology drinks with fresh ingredients. They are also true to the brand, many are classic Italian drinks with a modern twist. Here are a few of my favorites from the cocktail list (pictured below in order):
CLASSIC SPRITZ (my personal favorite) Aperol, Soda and Prosecco finished off with three classic olives
VIOLA made with Hendricks Gin, Hibiscus, Lemon and Prosecco. It is served with a beautiful purple flower on top.
NEGRONI della CASA-Another classic made with Plymouth Dry Gin, Antica Carpano Vermouth and House Blended Bitters
The dinner menu is not available in the bar, but there are some amazing anti-pasti carts offering salumi, olives, wheels of Parmagiano Reggiano and the new and exciting Caprese cart offering house made Mozzarella, tomato and basil to create a classic Caprese.
Another thing to note, all of the juices are fresh and there are many choices. The bartenders are highly experienced and will mix up something based on your tastes and what is seasonally appropriate if you don't want to order a drink off of the menu.
La Sirena screams summer with it's light and airy interior and it's massive outdoor terrace, so since it is about that time plan to stop in for some beautiful cocktails, you will not regret it.
La Sirena is located at 88 9th Avenue in Manhattan. Hours are 7:00 am-11 pm on most nights. Breakfast is served in the dining room on weekdays, brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Dinner hours begin at 5:00pm.