SPECS speakeasy style cocktail lounge – small underground space with bold red colors and vivid art – a few inside tables but most are standing – alfresco patio out back that seats 50
GOOD FOR craft cocktails – small groups – singles scene – trendy scene
DANCING OR CONVERSATION conversation but very lively – DJ spins a punk hipster rock mix
CROWD trendy/fashionable crowd – av age 25-35
ENTRY the space is small and the bouncer prevents overcrowding – thurs/fri/sat night the door gets pretty tight – put together a good looking group or arrive earlier for easy entry
MENU DRINK top notch bespoke cocktails from talented friendly bartenders – choose from the market fresh produce list on the wall that changes daily along with house made bitters and mixers – small additional cocktail list available- MENU
MENU FOOD full tapas style menu available to 2am – focus on seasonal ingredients – BBQ short rib sliders are a fan favorite- MENU
HOURS/LOCATION Mon-Weds, Sun 6pm-2am, Thurs-Sat 6pm-4am -149 Mulberry St
(between Hester St & Grand St) – no sign but late night brings a bouncer – MAP
Ah Mulberry Street, the last remains of the ever shrinking Little Italy. Home to San Gennaro, terrible tourist trap restaurants and… a phenomenal bespoke cocktail bar.
Halfway down Mulberry, next to Palazzo Italian Ristorante, sits a lonely unassuming staircase leading to this little slice of cocktail heaven. The allure of the Mulbery Project is undoubtedly the custom cocktail. The wall at the end of the bar hosts a chalkboard showcasing fresh fruits and produce available that day. Have a quick conversation with the bartender outlining a few flavor preferences then let them run with it. You can be specific or vague but the result is always an inspired, well crafted cocktail bursting with fresh flavors. For less trusting patrons, the cocktail menu brings you a small selection of inspired drinks without the mystery. Try the Neptune (Jamaican rum, sloe berry liquor, cinnamon, lime, bitters with a whisper of absinthe). Mulberry Project also provides a full menu to 2AM. The menu changes seasonally and like the drinks, feature market fresh ingredients. It is mostly tapas and plates are designed to be shared. Crispy pork belly ($12), pan seared Dorade ($16), and BBQ short rib sliders ($12) were a few of the highlights.
Inside the decor is rock and roll inspired. Black leather banquettes, mirrored walls and bold red bar stools are attention grabbing. The walls house interesting murals and risqué art from local NYC artists. The crowd is definitely trendy but the vibe is fun and relaxed. The inside bar is the main event but the real gem of the Mulberry Project is tucked away in the back. Pass the bathroom and walk up a small flight of stairs to reveal the 50 seat outdoor patio called the “garden project”. It was modeled after NYC parks and showcases art and murals from local NYC street artists. On the patio the full menu is available as well as bespoke cocktails and additional pitchers and frozen drinks.
The patio has an instant relaxation quality to it. Secluded away from the street, it provides a serene alfresco dining experience without the smog from passing trucks.
Mulberry Project has an all star nightlife team behind it flaunting the names of Boom Boom Room, Gold Bar, RDV, Bagatelle, Milk and Honey and the kitchen features ex Boqueria chef Michael Camplin. You will find this team does not disappoint. Every aspect of the Mulberry Project is well executed and it is perfection on a hot summer night.