Hidden amidst the narrow streets of the Lower East Side, Attaboy’s unmarked entrance is nondescript, a mystery for many. However, the bar’s legendary history is well documented. Following the passing of cocktail pioneer Sasha Petraske, his protegés Sam Ross and Michael McIlroy reopened the iconic Milk & Honey NYC as Attaboy. Joined by bar manager Haley Traub, the outfit produces perfectly balanced variations of Prohibition-era cocktails.
The team’s creations include modern classics such as Ross’ Penicillin (scotch, lemon juice, ginger-honey syrup) and Paper Plane (bourbon, Italian orange bitters, amaro, lemon juice) as well as McIlroy’s iconic Manhattan-riff, the Greenpoint (rye, green herbal liqueur, vermouth). If the standard-bearers of the cocktail renaissance are not enough, consider Traub’s contemporary creations like Stay Up Late (gin, cognac, lemon juice, simple syrup, club soda).
Of course, none of these drinks can be found on the menu. In fact, there is no menu. Rather, each drink is custom tailored for the guest after a brief conversation. Informality is also evident in the decor. The 500sq ft space is literally bare bricks, a standard NYC boxcar space with friendly bartenders – this old-fashioned bar just so happens to serve perfect drinks and boast an elite pedigree.