Cumin In My Cocktail

After several failed attempts I finally found myself sitting at the bar at The Wayland (700 east 9th and Avenue C).  This corner spot has had several incarnation since I started to hang out on Avenue C but this is the first one that really seems like it’s going to stick.  Besides it’s Williamsburgesque ye old tavern aesthetic which very cozy and welcoming it has an exceedingly well curated menu that changes regularly and is most geared toward bar snacks, but certainly you can easily make a meal of what is on offer.  I did and boy was I glad I did. The sandwich I had was oozing with rosemary mayo and chalk full of double smoked pork belly.  It was hard to make a decision as the pulled chicken sandwich and the sausage bread both called to me.

The barman was very friendly and efficient – I ordered the naughtily named Cumin My Cocktail which is a clever take on a whiskey Sour with yes, cumin in it.  Yum.  Be careful these things go down very easily.

I had one and switched to beer. Although their thing is cocktails they had a nice selection of beer and some wine too!

My view:

The bar:

The barman hard at work:

The Wayland has gotten a lot of press and from my experience all I can tell you is it for good reason.  they open at 7 and I suggest getting there early!

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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