Sugar Monk

When a cool downtown-esque spot opens uptown, I take note. That’s what happened when Sugar Monk moved into Harlem less than a year ago. The space is small but glam with velvet chairs, geometric flooring, and lush and moody tropical wallpaper. The drinks are complex and just innovative enough while still paying respects to the cocktail gods, which you should expect from co-founder Ektoras Binikos, who has managed the bar programs at Aureole, Oceana, Gabriel Kreuther, and 2nd Floor on Clinton. Not surprisingly, this lounge started to find itself on lots of “best of” lists.

After talking and talking about wanting to check it out, we finally made plans to go…and then a quarantine order was put in place. Thankfully, Sugar Monk is offering their incredible cocktails to go so we can still have a taste. We pre-ordered for curbside pickup and the process couldn’t have been easier. They’re actually bottled beautifully and they kindly include garnishes so as long as you have some nice glassware at home, you can make yourself a beautiful cocktail. Just think of your living room as a super exclusive speakeasy.

If you order pickup or delivery, you can choose between 375 ml or 750 ml bottles. The 375 ml bottles make 3-4 drinks so we each chose one of those. I went with the Queen of the Desert (Espolon Reposado Infused With Habanero Peppers, Herba Luisa, Persian Cucumber, Elderflower, Pineapple, Lime) and my beau got the Crepescule with Nellie (Trois Riviere Rhum Blanc Agricole, Falernum, Lime, Pineapple, Thai Basil, Black Pepper, Angostura). They were crafted to perfection and we both finished our bottles. The to-go menu gets updated regularly so we’ll be ordering again, I’m sure – especially since you get a small cup of truffle popcorn with every order.