9:30 p.m. (eastern)
JERSEY CITY, N.J.-----As one who has celebrated the spirit of tequila on a tequila cruise and on a tequila train through Mexico, I had to break away from my other duties to check out the Oaxaca Old Fashioned at the new Death & Co. bar on East 6th Street in the Lower East Side.
The Oaxaca Old-Fashioned has 1 1/2 ounces of El Tesoro Reposado (tequila), 1/2 ounce of mezcal, a teaspoon of amber agave nectar, a dash of bitters and a orange twist. The orange is peeled and the slice is flamed a few inches above the drink and spread around the lips of the glass. Each of my bartenders had devlish hipster goatees that acccented the Hades feel of the pyrogenics as well as the Gothic atmosphere of the small bar........
The drink was served in a mid-sized cocktail glass with a chunk of ice that could have sunk the Titanic. It cost me $12. It had a rich and silky taste, but I get more kick for less money with Colleen and Jackie's Snortin' Whores at the Matchbox.
I went to Death & Co. just after it opened at 7 p.m. [The name comes from an anti-alcohol Prohibtion era placard.] I read it was one of those places where during prime time they pick customers out of the line waiting outside. I'm too old to play that game and besides I have Farm Aid tomorrow.
By the time I left around 7:45, the windowless place was already starting to fill up. Customers pass through a thick black curtain to get inside. They drink in a dimly lit room accented only by a few chandeliers and candles on the tables and bar. Most everyone had to use candles to read the drink menu. It was like drinking on Lower Wacker Drive. It was so dark I made a mistake and ordered an original Old Fashioned as my first choice, but like the Oaxaca Old-Fashioned the ice was so damn big (and the drink was not topped off), I felt ripped off.
I'm pretty sure I'm the only Farm Aid fan who ventured into Death & Co. Saturday night. And I know I was the only one among the dozen or so in the bar who brought in a copy of the current issue of "Mob Candy [The Underworld Magazine of Mafia Politics Pleasure and Power]" with a pull out poster of John Gotti and a sexy pictoral of Mercedes Maia. Featuring Gambiing/Nightclubs/Girls/Estates/Guns/Scores/Cigars, I found "Mob Candy:" at a newsstand on 1st Avenue and when you get right down to it it makes perfect drinkside reading at "Death & Co."