Even native New Yorker’s may be shocked by the life and hustle and bustle of the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Ethyl’s Alcohol and Food just may have something to do with that. Founded in May 2016, Ethyl’s wasted no time making its presence known and taking center stage. Paul Gerard, co-owner and designer, is also a musician, chef, and apparent wearer of many hats. He’s a restauranteur that is well known for revamping large venues, so Ethy’ls Alcohol and Food is not the first or last success on his resume.
Paul Gerard also happens to be the executive chef of Ethyl’s, so the menu is just as funky and exciting as the decor. The most popular item on the menu may very well be their Fi-Dolla Burger, which comes perfectly cooked with the options of additional toppings such bacon, a fried egg, and caramelized onions. Some standout items include their Dirty Fries, Cheese Stuffed Mexican Meatballs, and their Mozzarella French Toast with spicy maple tomato dip. Don’t knock it until you try it.
If you didn’t guess, Ethyl’s cocktail menu is just as unique as the food menu. Tequila, blood orange, agave, muddled jalapeño and fresh lime juice are the makings of the Hot Blooded. The Sleazy Mustache consists of mezcal, honey syrup, lime juice, bitters, and egg white. The frothy mustache it leaves behind is how the scrumptious cocktail got its name. They also have a great wine and beer list as well.
The 70’s theme at Ethyl’s is as funky as you’d imagine. Your dining experience wouldn’t be complete without posters and photos of icons, poets, and punk rockers lining the walls. Movies categorized as “Sexy Sinema” play as you dine and on Wednesday through Saturday, after 10pm, you can also get the full 70’s experience complete with go-go dancers. It’s highly unlikely that you’ve ever had a restaurant experience quite like this one.
Photo Credit: Noah Frecks
By Monique Wise, Wanderlust, My Way