3/23/2012 09:30:00 AM

Inside Look at Ginny's Supper Club, Red Rooster's New Basement Cocktail Lounge

We told you the other day about Ginny’s Supper Club, the new lounge in Red Rooster’s basement. Last night, we headed up to Harlem to check it out and were pleasantly surprised to find that even though it’s right beneath one of the hottest tickets in town, Ginny’s is still a well-kept secret… for now, anyway.

While Red Rooster was hoppin’ upstairs (as always), Ginny’s was busy but never packed, with a few empty tables here and there throughout the night. (I know, right?! We thought it would be a madhouse, too.)

Don’t expect this slow period to last for long, though. Channeling old-school Harlem speakeasies like the Cotton Club, Ginny’s has a sexy retro vibe and nightly live music – Gospel on Sundays, jazz on Mondays, Latin on Tuesdays and assorted bands through the weekend. The music gives the place a fun atmosphere, while never getting so loud that you can’t carry on a conversation.

The menu is a change of pace from Red Rooster, featuring shareable Asian and soul food dishes like five-spice duck breast with scallion pancakes and chicken and waffles with bourbon maple syrup. As far as drinks go, the highlight is the Harlem Mule, a take on the classic mule cocktail with Japanese whiskey, ginger, basil and Peychaud’s bitters, served ice cold in a vintage Moscow Mule mug.

With all that eating, drinking and grooving going on, it’s only a matter of time before the people waiting for tables upstairs start to catch on. So hurry – get there before everyone else does!

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