I have been drinking whiskey for some time and wanted to learn more about it. Looking for classes, I stumbled upon The Flatiron Room, a restaurant with live jazz located near...The Flatiron. This place is incredible as they offer more than 1,000 variants of whiskey, from many countries that I did not even know produced whiskey. And they have classes for beginners and experts that take place in their upstairs tasting room. So I went there with a friend of mine, for their beginners class, whiskey 101, that consisted in tasting 6 different whiskeys. I should mention that they say in their description that they serve light appetizers, and it is...very light as there are only few slices of cheese with a small amount of bread.
For $96, I thought it was a bit pricey, between the appetizers and what you learn there...Maybe the more advanced classes are better. Anyway, it is a good way to get some basics and try some interesting whiskeys.
The 6 whiskeys were, in order:
- Elijah Craig Private Barrel, a straight bourbon from Kentucky.
- Pinhook, a straight eye from Kentucky.
- Yamazaki 12 year, a single malt from Japan (my 2 favorite).
- Barr an Uisce Small Batch, a blended Irish whiskey (my 3rd favorite).
- Loch Lomond 18 year, a single malt Scotch.
- Ardbeg 10 year, Islay single malt (my favorite: I loved the smokiness of it).
After the class that lasted approximately 1 hour, we went to have dinner in their downstairs dining room with Jodi. Luckily, we got seated close to the stage, where we enjoyed the performance of two different bands.
I did not have a drink because after the tasting I had enough alcohol in my system. So I went straight to the appetizer and it was my favorite: bone marrow. Served with some rustic bread, arugula and onion rings, there were three pieces and it was delicious, fatty and melting in my mouth. However, I did not like their onion rings, not that I cared much about it.
Then, I tried the Chimichurri steak bites, that came with poblano sauce and sweet potato strings. The cut of meat was skirt steak and it was perfectly cooked, tender and juicy.
The second meat dish I tried is the braised short ribs, served with polenta in a berry BBQ sauce. This was really good and these short ribs are a must have.
Jodi on her side simply went for the mushroom flatbread. Good and one of the few vegetarian dishes.
We had a good time at The Flatiron Room: the food and entertainment were great. This is the kind of place where you can get a very good dining experience, different from the pure dining, the jazz entertainment being nice and not too loud, allowing you to still have a nice conversation with people at your table.
Enjoy (I did)!
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The Flatiron Room - 37 W 26th Street, New York, NY 10010