Ramona is born out of the East Village bar Elsa, sewing its own identity across the water. The idea is the same – barrel-aged cocktails. There is something for everyone – gin, tequila, bourbon, and everything in between including a few choice draft beers. The staff create their own syrups to infuse in the drinks, often adding spices, citrus, and other flavors to enhance the drink. They feel more crafted and special because of the detail, making the drinks last longer and add to the conversation.
The white walls and decor have been woven from its East Village counterpart. Candles, cleanliness, open space, and oddball art on the walls define the space. Moreover, the high ceilings help the acoustics of an otherwise small space. The staff is attentive and know the menu extremely well. The drinks are often complicated, so having a guide enhances the experience.
Overall, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better cocktail bar in the neighborhood. The decor is upscale and the drinks are well-crafted. What more could you ask for?