MILLENNIUM Meets Tess Sawyer, Mistress of Mixology
at PLAN B TAPAS
EDGY, ARTY NEW TAPAS BAR IN NOLITA
WHERE TRADITIONAL TURNS BEGUILINGLY MODERN
By Lori Simmons Zelenko, Mixology Editor
Photography by Christopher Soto-Chimelis
Mixology mistress, Tess Sawyer, turns the traditional into a beguilingly modern mix at Plan B Tapas, a playfully twisted destination that wraps the influences of Barcelona and the Basque region (where France meets Spain) together in an edgy, arty take on an urban tapas bar. Working through “the prism of a wonderfully demented sense of creative artistry and downtown style” as Plan B is so described, Tess explains she drinks with her eyes first – careful to concoct a cocktail that looks as good as it tastes.
And indeed the drinks at Plan B – irreverent though they may be – are as a much of a treat for the eyes as they are for the taste buds. No Plan B is necessary for the ultimate in cool refreshment, savor the Jalapeño Tequila-infused white Sangria – Blancas de la Sangre Caliente – made lusciously lively with pineapple, pomegranate and lemon. But Tess’s own signature cocktail is Skunktx , a sassy mix of muddled orange, bourbon, hibiscus, honey syrup topped with tart Basque cider; a sweet-tart complement to the spicy zing of Plan B’s “twisted” tapas.
Not to be overlooked though is her Hibiscus-infused Margarita – like all her cocktails, it testifies brilliantly to her imaginative aesthetic and to all the magic she makes behind the bar in this sexy new space that captures the raw undercurrent of a Barcelona streetscape.
Plan B Tapas
244 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10012
Skunktx by Tess Harper at
Plan B Tapas, one sassy cocktail
served up on the sensual molten lava bar.
Jalapeño Tequila-infused white Sangria – Blancas de la Sangre Caliente – made lusciously lively with pineapple, pomegranate and lemon at Plan B Tapas .
Fresh Hibiscus Syrup Infuses this magical Margarita at twisted tapas destination, Plan B. (caption ABOVE)
(Image caption for Below Right) Winding willow stems rise above exotic blooms welcoming all to the sexy Spanish
streetscape space that is Plan B Tapas.