Demi Monde. This eagerly anticipated watering hole is sure to make a splash in the Financial District, which is lacking in the tasty cocktail department (unless a Scotch on the rocks with the happy hour warriors at Ulysses is your drink).
The subterranean haunt has numerous nooks where you can camp out and enjoy a beverage or four - there is a bar near the entryway, a sunken middle section featuring spacious black banquets, a large communal table and at least two seating areas that are sectioned off with taught rope fencing that looks like it was ripped straight from a Rihanna video (can't you just imagine the writhing singer's arms reaching through, though in this case for her next glass of bubbly).
The space did have a clubbier vibe than we expected, it actually reminded us of basement haunts like the former Bijoux in Meatpacking. The ropes aren't thing that would make Rihanna feel at home (perhaps she should stop by and have a few drinks to distract from the disaster that was Battleship).
The extensive drink list features a selection of "house sodas" that were being served when we dropped by - it's the spirit of you choice mixed with a house-made carbonated beverage like strawberry and tarragon soda. There is a menu of small bites being served right now, and chef Phillip Kirschen-Clark plans to roll out a more extensive tasting menu later this month. The joint is also giving Kirschen-Clark reign over a 12-seat chefs table, that will offer one seating every night at 8 PM. Guests dining there can enjoy a nine-course meal, with Kirschen-Clark delivering plates and guiding guests through the experience. Reservations can be made up to two months in advance (90 Broad Street; 212-248-7220).