It's possible to have a wonderful experience at a purportedly lousy restaurant and a dismal meal at a much beloved restaurant. This principle I take for granted and, lately, have had demonstrated for me at the Grand Central Oyster Bar.
Our You Really Should Drink This segment focuses on the Manhattan at Barclay's American Grille where Joe (could there be a more perfect bartender name?!) knows his stuff and shows it with every beautiful Manhattan he mixes up.
A Manhattan is an excellent cocktail, with much more flavor than the standard vodka or gin martini, and I believe the balance of sweet, bitter and sour has the potential to activate the palate in preparation for dinner much more effectively than these other pre-dinner classics.