Isa Now Hosting Buddhism-Inspired Cocktail Tastings

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Of course. Photo: Elliot Black

Over in Williamsburg, Taavo Somer is now hosting New Agey events upstairs at Isa. Guests sit at long communal tables and hear about subjects like the "mindful feast"; author Lodro Rinzler last night spoke to diners, for example, on how to "be present" while drinking wine. (After a couple of gin cocktails, Rinzler guided those present through deep breathing and asked everyone to acknowledge how having two drinks has affected the mind and the body so far.") People are into it, it seems, even when all that enlightenment comes at a cost: A post-meditation dance party was recently scrapped, Somer says, because "everyone was so Zenned out." [T Magazine]