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Rum In The Sun with Manhattan Elites at David Burke Treehouse



Weather in NYC is a fickle beast and has us New Yorkers suffering through Goldilocks-like impatience when it’s too hot or too cold, too wet or too windy when all we really want is some sunshine and a light breeze.

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Well folks, we hit the jackpot on Saturday for our Yelp Elite Rum in the Sun fiesta at the beautiful David Burke Garden and Treehouse at the James Hotel in SoHo. Situated above the famed David Burke Kitchen, this outdoor space is equipped with green grass, cabanas, two bars and plentiful gourmet bites perfect for enjoying the impending warm weather.

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To celebrate the opening of this multilevel oasis this week, we partnered with our friends at Starr African Rum to hold a seasonally primed cocktail competition posing six of NYC’s hottest bars and restaurants against each other to create the tastiest rum cocktail they could dream up. Here are the contestants:

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David Burke Garden & Treehouse "Sugar & Spice" by Katie Mulholland

Apothéke "Blue Mauritius" by Nick O'Connor

Bathtub Gin "Vivacity" by Jack James McGarry

Yerba Buena "Latin Fizz" by Alex Valencia

Macao Trading Co "redSTARR" by Vincent Vitek

1534 "Les Comores Sour" by Justin Noel

1534’s concoction won the popular vote from Yelpers by collecting the most buttons throughout the course of the event. We can all agree, however, that everyone was a winner after tasting, meeting and greeting under a clear sunny sky. David Burke Kitchen paired all this rummy goodness with mouthwatering small bites: lobster egg rolls, short rib dumplings, gazpacho, eggplant cream tarts and as a finale, their notorious cheesecake lollipops that had yelpers buzzing as much as the rum! David Burke himself also made the rounds, joining yelpers in conversation and snacks throughout the afternoon.

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HUGE thank you to all the participating bars for bringing their A game, Starr African Rum for the boozy ingenuity and of course, David Burke Kitchen for hosting us.  If you weren’t there, be sure to check out the above bars and restaurants to try the drinks yourself. And if you were there, be sure to leave your review of the event HERE. Check out the photos from yelper Wing L and chime in on Talk as well!

Until next time, SYOY (See You On Yelp!)

Jane K & Yelp NYC

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