Chicago-based Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas — the masterminds behind Alinea, Next, the Aviary, and Roister — have flirted with the idea of expanding to New York, and this summer, they’re finally making it happen. They’re opening an outpost of the Aviary, their cocktail bar, inside the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle. Achatz and Kokonas are committed to innovation, so you can expect state-of-the-art cocktails that make use of ingredients and techniques that you’ve likely never seen before. Plus, the Aviary in Chicago serves food, so you can get a taste of Achatz’s cooking. Hopefully, this is the start of a broader expansion plan for this all-star team.
Coming soon. Photo: The Aviary