- April 27, 2010
Bon vivant Nick Badovinus plus cocktail connoisseur Jason Kosmas equals pub perfection on Henderson Avenue.
2405 N. Henderson Ave.
Who to Know: Owner and chef Nick Badovinus (of Neighborhood Services on Lovers Lane and the soon-to-open NS Bar and Grill at Preston and Royal); manager and bartender Jason Kosmas. • On the Menu: The bar bites are brilliant — fried little asparagus with pecorino, Creek Stone meatballs au poivre or rock shrimp with cheddar grits — and the sips are as attentively crafted. Imbibe the Egg Man (pineapple-infused Pisco, raw egg white, lime juice, nutmeg, angostura bitters) or the Domino Fizz (Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, fresh lavender, club soda). • Decor Note: This spin on a neighborhood watering hole has tall reclaimed-pine tables, exposed brick walls, a shapely teak tree-root lighting piece and several fetching photographs of Michael Cain, Paul Newman and Sean Connery. • For Table Conversation: We always love Badovinus’ unexpected details. The check is presented inside small vintage books, and the restroom decor is ever so cheeky.
Image above: Neighborhood Services Tavern; credit: Haynsworth Photography
Image below: Chef and owner Nick Badovinus; credit: Haynsworth Photography
The bar bites are brilliant — fried little asparagus with pecorino, Creek Stone meatballs au poivre or rock shrimp with cheddar grits — and the sips are as attentively crafted.