White Star

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Sasha Petraske's New LES Absinthe Den

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UrbanDaddy - White Star The cocktail is dead.

Now, do not panic—debauchery is alive and well. But when Sasha Petraske—the guy who stoked your love affair with the modern-retro cocktail at legendary speakeasies Milk & Honey and Little Branch—unleashes an anti-cocktail bar, well, the cocktail may be dead. Let us explain...

White Star, opening tonight on the LES/Chinatown blur line, is Petraske's new absinthe, aperitif, beer and wine pub. No muddling, no infusions, no tinctures, no gooseberry/unicorn hair simple syrups. Just all of your favorite sipping hooch, neat or on the rocks, collected behind a marble bar.

Which means you'll be dropping in early and often. Be warned: It's a tiny sliver of a bar shoehorned in next door to a $10 clairvoyant, so you'll want to stake out your territory early or late (or both). Come for a pre-Allen & Delancey Pierre Ferrand at the front bar, or settle into Table No. 2 (trust us, it's where you want to hide out) for a post-Box absinthe comedown.

But maybe best of all, White Star is basically a one-man show. In a Momofuku Ko-type move, you'll see the man himself step back behind the bar for the first time in years. And he's running the joint British pub-style: Petraske is the barman, bouncer, waiter and sage storyteller.

And you are the new regular...

Vitals

White Star
21 Essex
(near Hester)
Lower East Side
New York, NY 10002
212-995-5464

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