Manhattan Cricket Club
At the Upper West Side’s Burke & Wills, guests have the option of enjoying a casual bar; the fine dining room; and the Manhattan Cricket Club, an exclusive cocktail lounge on the second floor. The latter is an homage to the classic cricket clubs in Australia with a space that’s appointed with cricket paraphernalia and photographs of players. Housed in an apartment restored to its original layout and aesthetic, the club is located on the second floor and accessed through a stairway behind an upholstered door (hidden in plain sight). To complete the old world vibe, the décor includes a wood paneled living room and library, gold brocade wallpaper, leather sofas, and a marble bar is filled with handcrafted tinctures, syrups and bitters, garnishes, imported teas, and the proper style of ice for each drink.
If that all isn’t enough, last week, the club launched a brand-new dining amenity: a Calvisius caviar and champagne service.
If you’ve never heard of Calvisius, it’s a farm that has been producing sustainable, premium caviar for over 40 years. The Italian company uses cutting-edge production methods and traditional, manual techniques to produce clean-tasting, high-quality caviar. The life of each Sturgeon is electronically traced and each tin of Calvisius is labeled with a tracking number to the fish it came from.
At The Manhattan Cricket Club, guests can order 10 grams of Calvisius Classic Oscietra and can pair it with either a half bottle of Gruet Methode Champenoise or Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve.
Let’s not forget that acclaimed mixologist and author Greg Seider has planned the cocktail program, so make sure to check out the drinks menu and sample at least one, such as Bonfire of The Calamities with kaffir lime-infused Russian Standard Vodka, fresh lemon, agave, and bonfire spritz, or the Smoked Cinnamon Old Fashioned with High West Double Rye, smoked cinnamon tincture, and old fashioned bitters.