Photos by Travis LoDolce.
Now tell me: why oh why would I ever move back to NYC when all of its wondrous gems can come to ME!!! When I heard last week that PDTman John Deragon would be guest bartending at the popular SF joint Beretta for ONE NIGHT ONLY, I screamed a silent hooray (!), and stopped over with Vanessa and Travis for a nightcap. And a pizza. Um, make that two pizzas.
PDT is an awesome little speakeasy in the East Village in NYC. This tiny bar resides within a hotdog shop on St. Mark's Place and you can only get in via an old skool phone booth. It stands for (P)lease (D)on't (T)ell, hence it's a secret. Or hence it's NOT a secret and it's near impossible to get a reservation there (get ready to redialredialredial at 2pm SHARP to snag a table). I'm really usually not into these sort of scenes, but PDT is well worth the hassle.
Although at PDT it's half about the atmosphere, Beretta was an equally lovely, bustling backdrop for Mr. Deragon (who I believe co-founded PDT).
The cocktail menu for the evening.
(I'm writing this out for you, @Paystyle)
WITCH'S KISS: Blanco Tequilla, Lemon juice, Strega, Apple butter
REMEMBER MAINE: VSOP Rhum, Apple Cider, Allspice Dram, Angostura bitters
FRENCH MAID: Cognac, Lime juice, Cucumber, Mint, Falernum, Ginger beer
SOLSTICE: Rye, Apple brandy, Dubonnet Rouge, Amaro Nonino, Grenadine
NEWARK: Apple brandy, Sweet vermouth, Luxardo Maraschino, Fernet Branca
The Anatomy of a Cocktail: Mr. Deragon mixing our drinks.
The French Maid. The ice cubes were perfectly square! I love that.
I got the Witch's Kiss which I remember to be creamy deliciousness.
At PDT, you must order a hotdog- it's their signature thing. So at Beretta, you've gotta get a pizza, right? So we ordered a margherita and it came, it was pristine, we were starving, we dove in, and then... I knocked over an ENTIRE GLASS OF WATER over the pizza!!!
It was MORTIFYING slash hilarious. Nope... still mortifying.
I think this was pre-spillage but Travis captures the scene well. DUNDUNDUN.
But the guys behind the bar are the sweetest gentlemen ever and ordered us another!!!! I heart them and owe them bigtime.
Here it is, in all its glory. Saucy. Crispy. Red. Burrata.
Good times-- never a dull moment. Thank you Beretta and PDT! Please come again Mr. Deragon!
*Travis LoDolce is based in San Francisco. Check out his stunning photographs of landscapes, architecture, fireworks and the Oakland A's here.
PS- For kicks, here are my shots of PDT when I went in March.
David Chang's infamous kimchi-bacon dog in the middle. Wylie Dufresne's dog is on the left, with deep fried mayo. Holler.