Whether you prefer your martini with vodka or gin, your drink shaken or stirred, there’s a new speak-easy for you in Rockville Centre. It’s the second location of Cork and Kerry, following the one with the secret entrance in the back of The Roast coffeehouse in Floral Park, from Doug Brickell and Chris Corbett.
In March, the two opened the place, set back from surrounding storefronts in a vintage Colonial with a historic preservation marker at the walk: “This house was built in 1860 by David Rice Atchison,” a man who was eventually elected to the U.S. Senate.
At the door, you may second-guess whether you’re at a bar or about to barge into someone’s home. But inside, you’ll find red walls opposite those with black and gray flocked wallpaper, and vintage photos in gilded frames. The back of the room hosts the L-shaped bar with a backdrop of black subway tile, while the main room features a mix of couches and tables.
Yes, you can get a vodka tonic, but the rewards are greater if you branch out. I’m a fan of a drink with the herbaceous Cynar in an artichoke negroni. Another popular drink, says Brickell, is the “Put on your rosy red glasses,” with thyme-infused Tito’s vodka, raspberry syrup, lime-orange blossom water and egg whites (all $13).
Don’t see your go-to? Spring for a bespoke ($13) cocktail for which you state your spirit and flavor preference for a unique cocktail. Or you can stick to classics as I did, and order something along the lines of a near-perfect sloe gin fizz. There are group options, too — with planter’s punch or Rosemary’s baby for groups of four served in a teapot ($55).
How is the new spot different from the Floral Park Cork and Kerry that opened last year? The original features urban minimalist décor and is even more challenging to find.
Both locations prioritize cocktails, but if you’re hungry, you’re in luck, since there are snacks and meals to be found, such as stuffed Medjool dates or bacon guacamole quesadilla. Food ranges from $8 to $21.
The Floral Park Cork and Kerry is open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Rockville Centre Cork and Kerry is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. every day.
Cork and Kerry, 24 South Park Ave., Rockville Centre, no phone.
Cork and Kerry at The Roast, 143 Tulip Ave., Floral Park, no phone.