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Demi Monde: Bubbly isn’t the first word to pop in your mind when entering FiDi’s darkly sexy new subterranean cocktail den Demi Monde, with its sensual, pseudo-kinky trappings of black leather, red lacquer and knotted bondage ropes, but it will be the one on the tip of your tongue—literally. Mixologist-cum-mad scientist Scott James Teague (Pegu Club) mans the bar’s custom four-tap seltzer system, putting on the spritz with fizzy, frothy house-made flavored seltzers served straight up or mixed into carbonated concoctions (e.g. rum-spiked “Pineapple Coconut Egg Cream,” $14). Sparkling wines and the ever-vague “fizz” add to the bubbly bar program, engineered into effervescent ‘tails like the “Mister Sparkle” (gin, sherry, lemon, bitters, orange cream fizz, $14), but don’t let the frothiness fool you—this spot means serious business. And with a pedigree like this, it’s no surprise: David Kaplan and Alex Day of uber-popular East Villager Death & Co. are the brains behind the operation, with Asian-accented bar bites like Negroni oysters ($14/3) and avocado frito ($13) peddled by Vandaag vet Phillip Kirschen-Clark to well-heeled Europeans and Wall Street’s 1%. From the upscale dishes to the matching digs, Demi Monde’s successfully raising the swank quotient of underserved FiDi, proving a neighborhood game-changer that even us 99%ers can enjoy.
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