4 Bleecker St, New York, NY , 10012, United States
Tel: +1 (212) 254-0350
Website: View bar's website
Style: Cocktail bar
Price guide: Middling
Images By: diffordsguide.com
Of a summer's night, thoughts often turn to gin. What better time, then, to visit Madam Geneva? Naren Young and AvroKO Hospitality Group, who also operate Saxon & Parole and The Daily, have relaunched this gin-focused former backroom bar at Double Crown and made it its own spot. The short, impressively-stocked (I counted 29 separate gins) bar on the left as you enter gives way to a long communal table. Across the way you'll find several long leather couches and low tables with comfortable chairs, packed with a very pretty mixed-age crowd. The small lamps, exposed-brick walls, metal grilles, mirrors, and even hanging birdcages give the place a British-Colonial-meets-Meatpacking-District-industrial-chic feel. The very loud hipster rock only enhances that - I wanted to linger more than I did, but conversation was difficult given the volume.
The menu's filled with some really fascinating gin drinks, and the particular brands of gin seem very well-matched with the accompanying mixers. There's also a punch on offer each night. Housemade tonics and cordials fill the cocktail list, and several drinks are made with homemade jams. A Breakfast Martini of tea-infused gin, Combier, and orange marmalade had interesting flavours, reminiscent of the No. 1 cocktail at Whitehall across town, but was ultimately a bit burny, with a hot alcoholic finish. A gimlet with housemade lime cordial, Spring 44 gin, yuzu, and mint was superbly balanced, however, and went down so smoothly that it could be very dangerous indeed on a hot day.