Tonight, Xavier Herit, who for seven years served as the head bartender at Daniel, will bring his experience to Wallflower, a 45-seat cocktail bar and restaurant that he sees filling a Cheers-esque gap in West Village neighborhood spots. "At Daniel people were barely past the door of the restaurant, and their glass of wine was already on the bar," Herit says. "But here is a secret: I’m much better at remembering the drinks they had two weeks ago than remembering their names."
Herit's eight-cocktail menu is designed to please: There's a carbonated gin-and-ginger Tête de Mule (Herit's take on a Moscow Mule), a spicy jalapeño-infused mezcal in the Very Important Cocktail, and even a Nutella-and-brandy creation called the Bartender’s Breakfast (“I’m in love with Nutella. I eat it every morning. It is my weakness.”).
As for food, the French-leaning menu comes courtesy of Jared Stafford-Hill, formerly of Maison Premiere. Alongside cheese plates, you'll find small shareable dishes such as game-bird and foie gras terrine; roasted pork belly with figs; and sea scallops with cabbage and smoked caviar.
Both food and drink menus will be overhauled seasonally, giving Herit even more opportunities to learn your name.
Wallflower, 235 West 12th St., nr. Greenwich Ave.