Baby’s All Right, the Williamsburg, Brooklyn music venue on the same stretch of Broadway as Peter Luger, has long been on my radar as a great place to catch a show, but it hadn’t occurred to me to consider the bar and restaurant at the entrance of the 5,000 sq. foot performance space as a destination in its own right until a friend came home raving about the food. I recently stopped in to check it out for myself and I was equally smitten; you can’t argue with easy-to-like options such as upscale grilled cheese and the cheekily named “Luger’s Scraps” (dry-aged oxtail served over hand-cut french fries). But the reason I’m coming back is the cocktail menu. The whole list strikes the right high-low balance with high quality but straightforward ingredients and, happily, a sense of humor—they craft a perfect cocktail without that mustachioed affectation that has become a cliché in the neighborhood. The Magic Man, a riff on a piña colada with calamansi and Coco Lopez, is a safe bet, but my personal favorite is the aptly named Pink Baby: a rosy-pink slushy of vodka, yerba maté, grapefruit syrup, and grapefruit and lime juices, served in a coupe with a cherry on top. Recreating the recipe at home, I swapped the grapefruit syrup (Monin brand, for those of you who wish to stay true to the original) for Campari, which complements the grapefruit juice and gives the same vibrant color. Watch out for these babies, though—they may look innocent but one too many and you’ll be on the floor.
Friday Cocktails: The Pink Baby