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“Great cocktails, dodgy venue”
Review of Mulberry Project

Mulberry Project
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Ranked #3,939 of 14,216 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Little Italy
Cross street: Between Grand and Hester Sts.
Transit: N, R, Q, 4, 5, 6, J, Z: Canal Street B, D: Grand Street
Description: Mulberry Project is a chic restaurant and subterranean cocktail lounge tucked beneath the 'Mean Streets' of little Italy, and boasting an impressive outdoor garden in the rear. The ever-evolving menu of creative small plates by Chef Michael "Kiwi" Camplin prominently features market fresh, seasonal ingredients and a variety of flavors to please all palates and perfect to share. The market fresh theme continues behind the bar where some of New York City's premier bartenders offer a 'no-menu' approach to cocktails, striking up conversation a and tailoring each guests' libation to his or her particular taste with fresh fruits and exotic ingredients. Installations and exhibitions by notable street artists adorn the walls and outdoor space, harkening a New York that is seldom seen anymore.
Reviewed October 4, 2013

On the good side, we had had two great cocktails. I had one of the best Old Fashion's I have ever had and the mixologist conjured up a mango, gin mint and lime cocktail, after asking her what she liked. Disappointingly though, it was like we stepped into the uncoolest spot in town. The DJ was playing music, which no one liked, not because it wasn’t good music, but because the crowd were not into music, most people seem to be there to snog the face off each other, or parade their bad fashions. We drunk out amazing cocktails and left.

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Went to Mulberry Project for a few drinks before a show in Little Italy. Love the idea of handcrafted cocktails. I told our server what my base was and he did the rest. The result was a lip smacking delight. I savored each sip. It is such an unassuming bar, and is neatly tucked away from the tourist buzzing about. Great Find!

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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Custom made drinks tailored to your tastes are the standout in this small speakeasy behind an unmarked door in Little Italy. Sneak past the tourists munching on their linguine and you'll feel like someone in the know. Skip the cellar like interior and grab a seat on the fantastic outdoor patio in the back if possible. Staff is a little off putting with their Lower East Side hipster vibe, but the bartenders know what they are doing and mix amazing drinks. My wife and I described two different things and got very similar drinks, but we both loved what we had. Start with one of the adjectives or flavors on the board and describe your favorite liquors and flavors to the waiter and let them make you something memorable. Great place to hangout on a warm night.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Found this hidden in Little Italy. Great bartenders, and high quality drinks. The "menu" is a chalk board with 12-15 items on it. You call your spirit, and ask the bartenders to mix with the items that they have sourced fresh for that day. Many herbs, fresh pear, strawberries, and watermelon were on the list the evening we visited.
It takes 8-10 minutes to receive the cocktail, as everything is muddled, mixed, and strained on a drink by drink basis. If you are not happy with the creation, let the server or bartender know. They will make you a new cocktail. It is a basement location, with no name on the door. Kind of a insider's, secret handshake, type operation. Highly recommended if you are in the neighborhood.

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Reviewed April 28, 2013

I've been here twice and have enjoyed it. Both times we bot there early, when Mulberry Project is quieter. I hear it gets crowded later, but part of the fun is to interact with the bartenders, so I prefer the earlier experience.

There are no menus here. Just tell the bartender what you're in the mood for, and they'll make it for you. The bar lists the fresh ingredients available on a blackboard, so you can tell them "blackberry, basil and vodka" and they'll concoct a drink to your tastes.

The place is dark and cozy, and it has a nice patio out the back. The front is unmarked, so you have to know the address. In fact, it remains unmarked after you descend the half flight of stairs--just turn left and walk in.

Go to Mulberry Project with a sense of adventure, and it can offer a fun drinking experience. If all you want is a vodka tonic or beer, this ain't the place for you.

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Thank augieray
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