Bespoke, Design-Inspired Cocktails Available Exclusively During the Festival

This May, to help keep the city’s local businesses thriving, NYCxDESIGN is partnering with Eater and Punch to expand The Festival’s design footprint to support New York City’s dynamic culinary scene.

The DRINKSxDESIGN program will feature a select group of design-centric restaurants and bars offering bespoke cocktails served exclusively during The Festival. Each cocktail will tell a special design story, reinforcing that design is a core component of New York City’s vibrant culture. Explore some of this year’s participating restaurants below.

299 Sands St, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Kings County Distillery is New York City’s premier craft distillery and among the most acclaimed small distilleries in the United States. Focused exclusively on whiskeys, Kings County has made a name for its Bourbon, Peated Bourbon, Empire Rye and other creative whiskeys. 

80 Wythe Ave, 6th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11249  Inside Wythe Hotel

Bar Blondeau is a warm, alluring space with soft natural oak walls, built-in banquettes and custom, gold-accented ambient lighting. Flowing into various nooks, the room is created to comfortably seat small, intimate dinners or larger gatherings among jewel toned banquette seating. 

310 W 40th St, New York, NY — Inside Aliz Hotel

Dear Irving on Hudson opened in 2019 to bring the cocktail magic of its original location to a bigger audience in Times Square. Located in the 40th and 41st floors of the Aliz Hotel, it continues its nod to Art Deco decor on one floor and a James Bond-style Mod decor on another.  The location provides a stunning view of Manhattan with an equally captivating interior to enjoy creative cocktails.

23 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010  Inside Freehand Hotel

Comodo gives a feeling of warmth and comfort; sophisticated but unpretentious–and most importantly–welcoming to all. With a signature cocktail program, mezcal focused back bar, and an allocated selection of natural wine, in this space we are facilitators of fun, authentic connections and embrace the lively and social vibe of the Freehand Hotel.

252 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11217  Inside Ace Hotel

As You Are’s inviting dining room — designed by Roman and Williams—is paneled in stained plywood, with large banquettes and custom wooden tables, earthy green upholstery and satellite-like, milk glass luminaires warming the room from above. Lacquered black wooden floors reinforce the warmly casual nature of the space. 

359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Llama-San is a a Peruvian izakaya tucked in Greenwich. There, among Peruvian art and light wood fixtures that call back to Japan’s minimalist aesthetic, chef Eric Ramirez looks to his Japanese grandmother to explore the tremendous influence of Nippon culture on his Andean homeland. 

234 Starr St, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Turk’s Inn is a re-creation of a supper club that existed in Wisconsin for 80 years before shuttering in 2015. It was then that Tyler Erickson and Varun Kataria, long-time patrons, sought to keep the spirit of Turk’s alive. The two took the entire contents of the establishment and moved it to Bushwick to give the Turk’s Inn a second life and create magical evenings for a new generation of revelers.

55 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003

With decor inspired by Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” enjoy libations in a space that allows you to time travel from room to room. Beginning with a room inspired by the John F. Kennedy era, and finishing with a room inspired by Marie Antoinette, Delphine Mauroit’s interior design transcends space and time. The cocktails created by Bar Director & Partner Meaghan Dorman are timeless and drink with ease and delight in every era.