Or have a professional do it at S’Zen, a sexy bar, lounge and art gallery from Albert Trummer, who specializes in such things. It’s opening tonight at Hotel on Rivington. Here’s what you need to know:
—It’s pronounced like “Zen.” Ugh.
—There are two spaces: one a perfectly fine lounge with ample and comfortable seating, martinis, Manhattans and other well-made classics; the other a mostly reservations-based area, a bit smaller and darker.
—Both spaces are adorned with art of a particular artist, and the art will rotate. Right now, you’ve got the pop art stylings of Chicago artist Peter Mars (see Bob Dylan, Bowie, et al. rendered here in the slideshow).
—Expect some Eastern influence to the cocktails here. There’s a cocktail called the Ginza, which is actually more of a whole cocktail production involving bowls of shochu, rosemary essence and rosé champagne on an ice tray, surrounding slices of raw bluefin tuna.
—In case of fire, don’t freak out. That’s just simply the pistachio mille-feuille (French pastry dessert) surrounded by cocktails on a large platter of sambuca that’s been set aflame (coming soon). That’ll be subject to tableside presentation, as will any champagne towers you should desire. No, they’ll actually do that for you.
—Jia Lounge is just downstairs for after-after-hours.
—Japanese swords will be employed for ice-cutting and champagne-sabering purposes.
We hate ice trays, too.