The 10 Best Bowls of Punch in NYC
Few cocktails have the power to form a circle and an engaged -- if outlandish --conversation like punch. Straightforward, boozy, and crowd-pleasing by nature, it is no wonder these table setting tipples are making a big, large-format comeback. With Thanksgiving and out-of-town visitors on the horizon, here are 10 places in NYC to turn to for communal celebrations.
Gabi Porter G.M. Gurton's punch at the Dead Rabbit
10. The Red Bush and The Isla Punch, Cienfuegos, 95 Avenue A
Cienfuegos Red Bush
This punch bowl haven has been creating communal cocktails for East Villagers since its April 2010 debut. A dozen varieties are on offer, and all are available in three sizes to suit every party's needs. For the Red Bush, the only "rumless punch" on the list, rooibos-infused Elijah Craig 12 Year bourbon and apricot liqueur are chilled over large ice blocks for a bright and honeyed pour, while the Isla Punch -- with rum, guava, lychee, and orgeat -- is bound to get you plotting equatorial getaways.
9. The Harvest Punch, Clover Club, 210 Smith Street, Brooklyn
Punch is dubbed "the granddaddy of all drinks" at this Cobble Hill cocktail cornerstone, where owner Julie Reiner supplies her own collection of antique punch bowls for the menu's shareable spirits. Seasonality triumphs in the Harvest Punch, a medley of mulled apple cider, Martinique and Jamaican rums, Cognac, and apple wheels.
8. The PAMA Paloma, Apartment 13, 115 Avenue C
The same "our home is your home" hospitality practice that inspired the name of this Alphabet City eatery is evidenced throughout the space from the menu headliners ("let's toast" and "breaking bread") right down to the bar's many communal concoctions. Bartender Leo DeGroff balances smoky and tangy flavors in the PAMA Paloma, a convergence of mezcal, pomegranate, sherry, and nutmeg.