A couple of weeks ago I shared a food heavy post from my preview experience from Issho. You might remember it’s situated in Victoria Gate and has an impressive rooftop bar. Next to it East 59th is opening up today. They also have a rooftop bar and are run under the same company as Issho – D&D London. Apart from these two common traits and a shared impressive staircase, East 59th is nothing like Issho.
East 59th First Impression
East 59th is a New York inspired rooftop bar and grill serving contemporary American food in the daytime and drinks and cocktails Manahattan style in the evening. As soon as I stepped in I fell in love. It sounds daft but I could really see myself having a dining or living room decorated like this. I love the colours, the textures and the artwork. It’s an industrial inspired explosive pop of colour which makes me smile.
East 59th Rooftop Bar
I wouldn’t mind the outdoor balcony to be all mine as well. It will be super nice on a warm summer day. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on it’s best behaviour this time but with the big parasols shelter from the rain and patio heaters warming the air, it is absolutely fine to sit outside.
East 59th Food & Drinks
East 59th’s cocktail menu is looking good and the cocktails themselves even more so. Look at this trio of colourfulness. It’s the ‘Jersey Smash’ which I can highly recommend. Super easy to drink which at first surprised me as the alcohol in it is a whiskey bourbon. I didn’t taste any of that, only the raspberry, mint, cinnamon and cranberry juice. In print, a winter flavoured drink but in person, a refreshing summer cocktail.
Lately, it seems to be really popular experimenting with the Old Fashioned cocktail by taking a new spin on it. East 59th has also given it a go with their ‘Brooklyn New Fashioned’. Unfortunately, the bitters throw me off. I love the smell of it, orange zest and the cherry liqueur and rum sound nice but one sip was enough for me – sorry.
Their food menu also look impressive with a lot of different sections depending on how much food you fancy. We got to try a couple of their snacks available: Nachos and Truffle Puffs. The truffle puffs being my favourite by far. You already know I like most bonbon style snack food (beetroot bonbons and pulled ham bonbons) so now I have yet another to add to the list.
The Firecracker Shrimps looks really good as well served up in a cocktail glass. I’m sad I never got try it but the Ruben Sandwich (pastrami toast) made up for it. Is there a more american sandwich filler than pastrami? Here combined with Gruyere cheese, mustard and sauerkraut – perfect combination. To finish we ooed and aaed over their Double Chocolate Brownie dessert, with salted caramel ice cream and popcorn. It is heaven in a little square.
After sampling a couple of cocktails and nibbles, I really feel I want to come back to East 59th for a proper meal and also try more of the cocktails. Check out their menus here and I’m sure you can only but agree. I felt really comfortable here, and if their 59th Fizz cocktail is as good as it sounds, I might have to come regularly.
Which place would you prefer, East 59th or Issho?