Great Jones Street in NoHo is quite possibly one of the most adorable aka Instagrammable streets in all of New York City. In fact, Cori Sue couldn’t stop gushing over all of the places she wanted to come back and capture. Exploring an expansive museum such as The Whitney sure does make one rather dehydrated and thirsty. We headed to Vic’s for much needed afternoon cocktails. We had struck gold with their sister restaurant, Cookshop for brunch that morning so Vic’s seemed like a solid option.
We posted up at the bar and asked our sweet bartender, Jesse about their gin cocktails. Cori Sue and I decided to taste test each one. First up, the negroni was a classic, campari-forward negroni—beautifully crafted & classic execution. Neither of us love negronis, but we did so in the name of research.
Next up, we tried the Gimlet Verde, an inventive take on a classic gimlet served a in a coupe glass with a rim of salt and Italian pepper. Crafted with St Germain, Gin Lane 1751 Victorian gin, lovage, and lime, the cocktail was crisp, citric, and smooth—it was clearly a gin cocktail but not overpoweringly so.
We loved the Pompelmo G&T, a grapefruit forward gin and tonic—also made with Gin Lane 1751, a boutique gin brand from London. Served on ice in a large wine glass, this cocktail was light and refreshing, with gin, grapefruit tonic, juniper berries, a rosemary sprig and an orange twist. We’d come back for this cocktail again and again.
Shruti loved the Sicilian Sunrise, an italian take on a tequila cocktail with limoncello. It was incredible. The cocktail was not too tequila forward—and was surprisingly not too tart despite containing both limoncello and lemon.
Cori Sue is crazy for Spritzes, so she ordered the Blood Orange Spritz. This was not a normal Spritz, but a deeper, darker, less fizzy variety. While still refreshing, this cocktail had more depth and complexity than a Spritz—which is admittedly a cocktail that lacks substance. It was crafted with Amaro Sicilia, Campari, winter citrus, and prosecco. The spritz was the perfect cocktail to enjoy before continuing her day filled with conference calls.
We’ll definitely be back to revisit Vic’s. The restaurant has much more to offer besides delicious craft cocktails.
31 Great Jones St,
New York, NY 10012