Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails Slideshow

Hours: Sun.-Wed. 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.- 2 a.m., weekend brunch

Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails opened in New York’s North Gramercy area four years ago with a menu of “modern, innovative, American comfort food” and, as the name so plainly states, craft cocktails. After finding success in the city, the owners looked for another market amenable to their approachable, libation-heavy concept. Enter: Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails Mt. Pleasant. Now open at 735 Coleman Blvd., the Southern sister restaurant is fully clad in reclaimed wood and Edison bulbs, featuring a spirit forward cocktail list with everything from pre-Prohibition classics to a new fad — Turkey Dew. As far as food, think ‘elevated bar fare’ ranging from crispy fried wings to mac n cheese to baby beets and ceviche. Larger dinner plates include a ribeye, pork chop, scallops, and local fish. But the star of the show is the cocktail list, curated by veteran mixologist Tyler Rothenberg. A veritable time capsule of libations, pay special attention to the Drinks of Yesterday section — they pay homage to the glorious ‘90s and that decade’s resulting cocktails, sans the sugary pink taboo one may associate with the era’s big hitters. The melon ball is neon in color, but light in taste, served in a tasteful, etched coupe glass. —Mary Scott Hardaway (Dish, Summer 2019)

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