Sure you could go to an over crowded rooftop to celebrate the end of summer or you could check out Louie & Chan’s Cocktail Lounge, recommended by my good friends at The Same Paige, where things are just beginning to heat up.
Located on the border of Little Italy and Chinatown, Louie & Chan successfully merges the two cultures into one establishment – family style upstairs, Chinese inspired cocktails below. Above is a rustic setting with specialities like truffle pizza and bone marrow, along with a few Asian starters like shishito peppers.
A few steps away, you’ll find a separate entry that divides the sexy and mysterious lounge from the dance floor that houses electronic DJs several times a week.
During a private session, the head bartender Nesha took myself and Max of GentsAmongMen on a cocktail journey inspired by his own life experiences and Asian cultures and cuisines.
The cocktail menu is entirely created by Nesha, where you’ll find drinks such as the Don “Kha”. One of the stand out ingredients is galangal syrup – the root is in the ginger family and has origins in Indonesia.
Chan’s Tonic is a cocktail derived from 14 different herbs and infused for one year. And the Dragon Sack (pictured above) is a wildcard – one of it’s ingredients, soursop puree, is native to Mexico, Central America, Cuba, the Caribbean Islands of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, and the northern part of South America. One sip will have you instantly dreaming of white sand and azul waters.
Come for the food, stay for the party – Louie & Chan is a one stop shop.