Don’t be fooled, there are two Jacques 1534s in Nolita, and while they share a kitchen, the vibe of each is completely different. The one you want to go to is the basement bar, and as soon as you walk down that narrow staircase, you will know why.
First, it’s darling and has cozy, yet chic, French twist to the décor, which goes with the nibbles they serve. Second, in the basement bar you get an array of craft cocktails created by owner Justin Noel and he team of bartenders, including James Lombardino who created the rich and warming Gauguin’s Cure. This lovely blend of mango, gin, and allspice, pays homage to the Americas, and somehow tastes like a cold, spicy guava breakfast drink.
That’s not all. The whole menu sings to the French colonies with drink selections inspired by the aforementioned Americas, as well as Indochina, French Polynesia, and Africa. The new fall menu is chock-full of warming spirits mixed with apples, apricot, maple syrup, pepper honey, and jasmine. You can find these innovative twist in the The White Hand Gange, Chango, Late Night on Lafayette, and other uniquely named cocktails.
Also, this season they are starting a new happy hour called Double Down (not to be confused with the East Village dive bar of the same name), which runs daily from 5 to 9 PM, and includes nightly two-for-one specialty cocktails and beers, plus a $5 punch of Bartender’s Choice Punch. You just have to get it before it runs out.