Golden Cadillac is a cocktail bar with remnants of a past era: the 1970s. The ambient space has a nostalgic feel to it, pill with the reinvented food, medical drinks and décor revamped from the past. Located in the East Village, on the corner of 1st and 1st, Golden Cadillac has an oldies vibe, while still maintaining a super smooth and suave feel. The purpose of Golden Cadillac is to channel the past disco-grit of New York City in the 70s. The cocktail menu has all of the classics: Long Island Iced Teas, Cosmopolitans, Pina Coladas and Bloody Mary’s but with some newbies thrown in: the Early Grey Mar-tea-ni, the Lava Flow and the Harvey Wallbanger. The Golden Cadillac does more than just feature the classic cocktails on the menu; it reexamines them, brings them up to date with today’s cocktail drinker and puts their own little twist on the signature drink. The menu, according to the executive chef Miguel Trinidad, is inspired from Gourmet magazines from the 70s. The idea was to bring back “vintage” food, just like bringing back vintage cars. The menu is laden with items like tuna casserole and homemade knishes, which emphasize the old-school vibe.
The interior is a time machine, as if you left the year of 2014 and flew back in time. It pays homage to the Lenox Lounge in Harlem and the Odessa Café in the East Village. These bars had lots of layers to them, with Art Deco as the starting point. The colors ranged from oranges to burgundies to browns. The Golden Cadillac feels like a sleek cocktail lounge. The glowing neon yellow beacon sign on the corner, draws partygoers in and sets this bar apart from others.
Aside from the attractive décor, food and cocktail menu, the array of music is what makes the Golden Cadillac a hot spot. Who doesn’t love classic throwbacks from the decade that bore the hottest music? The soundtrack features anything that was minted before the end of 1979. Its definitely a pleasurable place to grab a drink, while rocking a pair of high-waisted, flare jeans. After all, styles do come back eventually.
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