Daniel An and Co. have refitted this fourth floor space into something familiar — Taste Buds, a reboot of his first cocktail lounge which closed in 2017 — and added something wholly unfamiliar — a bunch of hot dogs. The touch-up is light: though no longer a nightclub, it keeps the heavy red theme and the ceiling full of mirror balls. Fun space! Nice view out the windows. Cocktails will also be familiar to people who've been to the original Taste Buds, Arch and Atelier: quality stuff at 85rmb, most of them named after their dominant flavor so they're easy to order. Hot dogs (with sausages made in-house) go for between 28-48rmb, like the El Chupacabra, which adds chimichurri and jalapenos on top, or the Casablanca, which includes tzatziki and babaganush, or the Tom Yum Goong, the bottomless well that Daniel will never not go back to. Try the Gangs of New York.
Daniel An's whole empire seems built on self-indulgence. Catch him at his bars and he's likely to talk about sous-videing bourbon with cornerstore chocolate because he felt like it, or freezing dill in ice spears because he felt like it, or opening Don Club , a nightclub, because he felt like it. For...
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