Experimental Cocktail Club (ECC LES)
Photography by diffordsguide.com
Words by Sam Meyer on 12-Feb-2014
191 Chrystie Street, (btwn Stanton & Rivington Sts), New York, NY , 10002, United States
Tel: No phone
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Daily 6pm-4am
Door: Make reservation
Style: Cocktail bar
Recommended for: Cocktails, Late night
Price guide: High-end
Food: Plates & dishes
Owned by: Experimental Cocktail Club
The Lower East Side outpost of a French-owned line of cocktail bars. Experimental Cocktail Club New York joins its siblings in London and Paris, bringing its francophone take on cocktails to America.
The large, comfortable space consists of two big rooms, appointed with lush décor that seems to hit several retro bases at once. The lighting's low, but not too low to prevent one from admiring the stamped-tin ceiling, the tropical-themed fixtures and wallpaper, comfy couches, or the long marble bar. Down-tempo trip-hoppy music often gives way to a live pianist.
House cocktails are complicated, with many ingredients and lots of housemade infusions, though balanced between some being light and refreshing, others more bitter and spirituous, and some emphasizing tropical flavours. A julep of cocoa-nib-infused Scotch, Sichuan pepper syrup, mint, and wormwood bitters sums up the approach - if you're going to call your bar the Experimental Cocktail Club, you should expect some ambitious recipes.