Sunday night marked the sophomore installment of Golden Cadillac’s (13 First Avenue, 212-995-5151) Seventies Sundays, a series that honors the decade of funk, bell-bottoms, and Harvey Wallbangers through guest expert-led monthly discussions and samplings of the era’s best booze-oriented outcomes. And this time, the pre-work week reveling needs of Sunday’s boisterous crowd were accommodated by Golden Cadillac’s newly appointed beverage director Don Lee and fellow PDT alum John Deragon, who served as PDT’s opening beverage director after helping Jim Meehan debut the bar.
The duo spun out a series of neon bar throwbacks with modern day overhauls — indicative of their NYC career upbringing. Butter and cacao-infused Jameson gave rich character to a Buttery Nipple (served in hot, cold or shot form), while clarified pineapple juice only subtly sweetened up a still transportive Bay Breeze. The Miami Vice made a buzzworthy comeback, too, and the mutually beneficial ingredients found synchronicity in even the most unlikely of players: a Jello shot syringe.
All proceeds from the $8 cocktails were donated to the Museum of Food & Drink, a yet-to-debut educational playground that will teach the public about food through the best way it knows how — sensory-driven and edible exhibitions.
Future Seventies Sundays will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on one Sunday of each month and will feature a different libation authority and unique $8 drink specials each time. Get there early on March 2, when cocktail historian David Wondrich will take folks through a verbal appreciation of Jell-O shots and other ’70s-inspired shooters.
Photos from Sunday night are on the next page.