OPENINGS: Recreation (12.3.18)
We’ve been fortunate enough to have a slew of incredible bars and work spaces open up below Canal Street over the last year. But how many of them come complete with a basketball court? Only Recreation, the new bar/workspace/meetup spot in Financial District, complete with breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, and skee-ball. We’ve been loving it for daytime meetings and work sessions, as well as happy hours and late nights.
We spoke with Jon Neidich, Chief Executive of Golden Age Hospitality, to learn more.
Tell us about Recreation…
Recreation is a retro-inspired bar and co-working space located upstairs at the new Moxy NYC Downtown hotel in the Financial District. The bar is designed with a mix of arcade-style gaming and nostalgia, with playful elements like skee-ball, Ms. Pacman and a half-sized basketball court. Drinks are reimagined versions of 1:1 drinks, some with housemade tonics, keg-tapped cocktails and large-format punch bowls.
What makes Recreation so unique?
First and foremost, we have one of most advanced tap-cocktail offerings in the country. For this project, our beverage director Jim Kearns worked with Shane McKnight, who devised a system which is considerably different from regular tap-cocktail set ups, in that each cocktail line can have its own unique pressure settings, chill system, flow-control and nitro faucet. This system enables us to not only replicate qualities of a la minute cocktails (like level of chill, aeration, and liveliness), but also to customize the way each cocktail is served.
Additionally, Recreation is unique because of the it fills a void in the Financial District for venues of its type.
What is the daily schedule for Recreation?
Recreation is open daily from 6:30 AM - 2:00 AM.
What should locals know about Recreation?
Locals should know that during the day we serve as a co-working space that gives guests the comforts and conveniences of working remotely. A large communal table is customized to feature several outlets and USB ports and there are plenty of comfortable seating areas with soft couches, plush chairs and cozy booths.
What are your favorite dishes and drinks on the menu?
My two favorite cocktails are Mellow Yellow (Mezcal, Passion Fruit, Yellow Pepper Syrup, Habanero Shrub) and Maid in the Shade (Ketel 1 Cucumber Mint Vodka, Aloe Liqueur, Cucumber, Mint, Lime).
Chef Akhtar Nawab has put together a great menu of all day fare, of which I think the flatbreads are the highlight.