OMG – LOVE Seamstress on East 75th Street – giving me serious UES envy!!!


The Seamstress Bar Team: Francis Verral, Steve Laycock, Pamela Wiznitzer, Josh Mazza


Great classic cocktails

Checked out Seamstress Sunday nite (thank you Loreen Stevens for making the frigid trek all the way across town with me!).  All I can say is – SPOT-ON FABULOUS!!! Wow – such a beautiful space, great cocktails, wine and food. It opened last week and for a freezing Sunday nite I was shocked at how full it was.  Staff is super friendly (quite a few Aussies), the vibe is terrific and the food is good.  We had the Smoked Shrimp Cocktail (delish and great presentation!!), the Mutton Burger with buttermilk fermented carrots and the Olive Oil Poached Wild Cod. For dessert, I recommend the Pineapple Upside Down Cake.  Most of the mains are around $24.

There are a few things that I would change: the menu is way too caught up in the “seamstress” theme, really contrived lingo.  Takes forever to figure out what you want to eat or drink. I would not be surprised if, at the next printing, they cut out all that nonsense and get straight to the point. Also, the leather goods store upfront, as you enter, is too reminiscent of Beauty and Essex’ Pawn Shop – again unnecessary.

More background info from Eater about the team and the concept below the break.  Josh Mazza and Steve Laycock of The Gilroy are opening a bar and restaurant called Seamstress in the old JBird space in early February. The duo is teaming up with Pamela Wiznitzer, one of the original bartenders of the Dead Rabbit, who spent the summer researching drinks across the country, to create a long Americana drink list. She plans to offer a menu of 18 to 25 signatures with sections like large format, low-proof, and spirit forward cocktails. There will also be a list of 50 American classics that will always be available. Plus, there will be a regularly rotating cocktail with all the proceeds going to a charity. She’s also getting a hand from master barman David Wondrich in creating the menu.

Food comes from Ducks Eatery’s Will Horowitz. Keeping with the Seamstress theme, there is a small boutique where diners can buy leather goods and mixology aprons.


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