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ROKC

3452 Broadway, New York, NY 10031 40.823603 -73.952376
nr. W. 141st St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
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Hours

Mon-Thu, 4pm-midnight; Fri, 4pm-1am; Sat, 2pm-1am; Sun, 2pm-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at 137th St.-City College; 1 at 145th St.

Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

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Two popular veterans of Angel's Share, Shigefumi Kabashima and Tetsuo Hasegawa, have taken their skills uptown to Hamilton Heights. Both Kabashima (the owner) and Hasegawa have some serious experience, so this spot will be one to watch, and not just because it’s in a part of the city where a well-made Sazerac was previously very hard to find.

Called ROKC (ramen, oysters, kitchen, and cocktails), the restaurant has been serving ramen and raw-bar standards for months, but the team recently, alongside co-bartender Joji Watanabe (previously of Experimental Cocktail Club), debuted some serious cocktails.

The substantial cocktail menu features a drink with passion-fruit rum, pineapple, and vanilla that gets presented in a dimpled vessel fit for a tiki bar, topped with an umbrella and half-lime that’s torched to caramelize its sugars. Another cocktail, fittingly called Smoke (bourbon, ancho chile, Cynar, and bitters), gets hot-boxed in a cloche, admittedly a technique also used at Angel’s Share. The most elegant is Flower (shochu, lavender, elderflower, and cranberry), served in a lightbulb and presented over ice in a trapezoidal pot.

They’re also extending beyond the regular repertoire with a frozen drink, called Berries (Calvados, sparkling wine, strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry), and a Thai tea spiked with absinthe and cachaça; and a matcha latte fortified with Japanese whiskey, like the Japanese answer to Irish coffee. There are also plenty of classics like the Hanky Panky (gin, vermouth, and Fernet) and the Old Pal (rye, vermouth, and Campari).

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