The Ace-designed “micro hotel” isn’t the only new development along Freeman Alley. Its forthcoming hotel’s neighbor, Freemans, has opened a second-floor cocktail bar that promises to be a hidden hotspot.
It’s not quite as absurdly intimate as Threesome Tollbooth, but Banzarbar– named after a series of Antarctic expeditions— may end up being one of the most coveted perches in the city, since there are only 18 seats and the bar is open just three nights a week (Thursday through Saturday, 6pm to midnight). Reservations must be made by email, via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eryn Reece, formerly head bartender of Death & Co, oversees a menu of $18 cocktails with names that nod to nautical exploration and ingredients that evoke the spice trade. Two of them, Deception Island and Son of Neptune, contain aquavit, as befits the arctic theme. You can order them a la carte or opt for a $95 tasting menu that, over the course of two hours, pairs lower-alcohol cocktails with bites like scallop crudo and cured mackerel. A la carte snacks include pork belly, oysters, and that on-trend delicacy, A5 wagyu. See chef Harold Villarosa’s menu below.