NY Basement in Rotterdam; Where East meets West.

For this edition we visited one of our closest friends to find discover a delicious drink inspired by the East, served in the West.

The Bar

The former head office of the Holland-America cruise line service nowadays houses the famous Hotel New York. Tucked away in the basement you will find NY Basement, a trendy cocktailbar and restaurant in historic Manhattan style. Expect drinks of exceptional quality as the bar is run by Daryl Lieuw-On, best bartender NL 2017, and his team.

The Drink

The recently launched cocktail menu takes you on a trip, discovering spirits and flavors from all over the world. Friend of the brand Iman Lammering created an Indonesian themed cocktail, inspired by the spices used in Union 55 rum . She combines Union with palm sugar syrup, lychee liqueur and coconut milk, topped of with ‘Tepung Dawet’. A candy Iman used to eat as a kid. The sweet long jelly strings are made from water, sugar and green coloring agent. The result is an extremely indulging drink, it’s like a liquid dessert!

Visit NY Basement at Koninginnenhoofd 1, 3072 AD Rotterdam

Opening Times:

Monday to Thursday from 17:00 – 01:00


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