Status: Opening April 5, Queen Lounge is a so-called "intimate" cocktail and "gastro-lounge" featuring drinks by Thomas Merolla, formerly of the Living Room at the W South Beach, among other places, and small plates by Matthew Goldberg, trained by Michelle Bernstein and formerly of Cafeina. On the menu: Goat Cheese and Jamon Truffles ($12), herb-infused goat cheese spiked with jamon serrano rolled in a pistachio crust with rum-soaked guava glaze; Kobe Beef Sliders ($16), fresh ground kobe beef, pan-roasted with sweet shiitake mushrooms, caramelized shallots, sharp white cheddar cheese and roasted red pepper mayo; Ahi Tuna Sashimi ($12), hand sliced tuna with watercress, grapefruit, ginger, scallions, chili oil and yuzu-soy drizzle.This Queen will reign (sorry) seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 4 a.m. The kitchen is open until 10 p.m. and, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily, there will be $5 cocktails and tapas during "The Ultimate Happy Hour." [EaterWire]
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The Fabulous Josephine ($13), a blend of Champagne gently stirred with Aperol aperitif and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur with a hint of citrus; the aptly named Wild Side ($13), a mixture of Corzo Anejo Reposado and Del Maguey Mescal stirred with Carpano Sweet Vermouth, Averna, Yellow Chartreuse liqueur, and spiked with tobacco bitters; and the Bella Donna ($13), Grey Goose vodka blended with apple cider, lemon juice and cinnamon honey.