I think that I’m in an oldie, but goodie mood lately. After a cheap 50% off dinner of sake-tinis, sake, sushi and sushi rolls tonight at Sushi Lounge, it was time for a nightcap at PDT. PDT isn’t new. As a matter of fact, it’s been around for a while.
For those who haven’t been before, PDT (Please Don’t Tell) is a modern speakeasy located behind the phone booth inside Crif Dogs. I don’t feel like it’s a bar that I have to keep a secret anymore simply because it’s definitely not a secret anymore. Try reserving a table there and you will most likely be on the phone cursing out a busy signal for an hour. Plus, they have a website now. I say that with a wry smile. Maybe even a smirk.
A casual, but cool feeling bar, PDT plays great music, has dark lighting and animals around the bar. The stuffed animals (taxidermy) don’t do much for me, but hey, it’s not my bar. What is great about PDT is that it is a no standing bar. Just like Angel’s Share, they only allow the amount of people that they can sit in. No standing. I’m a big fan of that rule.
I ordered their version of an Old Fashioned. Bacon infused bourbon, maple syrup, Angostura bitters and a twist of citrus rind (orange would make the most sense, no?). Sweet and interesting. The bacon flavor threw me off because I didn’t realize it was infused with bacon when I ordered it and it was refreshing not in taste, but in the idea of it. Definitely a winner for those who love Old Fashioned cocktails. And I wasn’t in the mood to eat more as I already had sushi for dinner (and pizza and fried chicken and mashed potatoes for lunch), but, dang it, I couldn’t resist. Having already tried their “Chang” dog (created by David Chang of Momofuku’s) in the past, which is a bacon wrapped hot dog topped with kimchi, my eyes opened wide when I realized I’ve never taken a bite of the “Wylie” dog. The “Wylie” dog (created by Wylie Dufresne of WD-50) has deep fried mayonnaise in it. Yes, you read what I wrote correctly. DEEP FRIED MAYONNAISE! It sounds disgusting, but I couldn’t not try it. The hot dog I was presented with was accessorized with lettuce, dried onions, tomato molasses and wouldn’t you know it, a log about 3/4 the size of the hot dog of deep fried mayonnaise. Think mozzarella stick, but instead of mozzarella, mayonnaise. It was a tasty sucker, but halfway through, it was way too much mayonnaise. I wish that not only that there was less mayonnaise, but that there was a way they could have dipped the hot dog in a thin layer of mayonnaise and then deep fried it. I would think that that would make the perfect mayo and hot dog ratio, and you get that crunch. We also got a side of tater tots with melted cheese and pickled jalapenos. One note I must make. They make a freaking great tater tot. I never thought I would ever think this, but it was the best crisp I have ever gotten on a tater tot before. Why can’t public schools serve them this way?
Cocktails aren’t cheap. They start at $14 and are only worth it about half the time. 50% of the time I’ve loved my drinks, the other 50% I was disappointed in the concoctions. But if you ever need a place to impress out of towners, then this is definitely the place to take them. Take your chance and just walk in hoping that there is room to sit, or try your luck at a same day reservation starting at 3PM.
6.5 out of 10
113 Saint Marks Place
New York, NY 10009