NYC - The Official Guide

Solomon & Kuff

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As New York drinkers have become more discerning, the City’s bars have responded in kind, catering to niche spirits inclinations with more narrowly focused menus—see agave-heavy bars like the Daisy and the vodkacentric menu at Sadelle’s. In a similar vein, this 5,000-square-foot West Harlem hall shines a spotlight on sugarcane-based spirits ranging from American and Caribbean rums to rhums agricoles (distilled from fresh cane juice, rather than molasses) and their Brazilian cousin, cachaça. Owner-barkeep Karl Franz Williams (67 Orange Street) and co-owner Julie Grunberger pour from about 100 bottles behind a wood-and-metal bar lined with vintage rum barrels. Even the bar’s name nods to its rum focus: An African slave named Venture Smith was purchased for four barrels of rum and years later bought freedom for himself and his two sons, Solomon and Cuff.  

2331 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10027
  Hours: Mon-Wed, Sun 5pm-midnight; Thu-Sat 5pm-2am



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