As the race to White House heats up, restaurants throughout the city are offering special cocktails and dishes inspired by the candidates. Whether people are a Trump or Hillary supporter, here are some of the best election themed dishes in the city. By John Friia.
Del Frisco’s Grille
50 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020
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Nothing is more American than a hamburger, and Del Frisco’s Grille offers the all-American dish with an election twist. “The Donald” is an extravagant throwback to the classic burger, stacked almost as high as Trump’s proposed wall. This burger is made with two well-done patties, heirloom tomatoes, lettuce and aged cheddar on a golden bun. “The Hillary” is made with lamb, which is Clinton’s favorite meat. Enjoy a hand-crafted Del Frisco’s Grille lamb burger with roasted tomato, fresh arugula and house-made tzatziki sauce. They’ve listened to the warnings and added hot sauce to the side, because Clinton likes her food spicy.
For a sweeter version of the candidates, people can head to Ample Hill Creamery. New York’s award-winning ice cream company is joining the election with two new ice cream flavors that all voters can enjoy. Ample Hills’ “Madam President” contains chili pepper-infused chocolate with chunks of chocolate chip cookies inspired by Clinton’s own special recipe. While Ample Hills Creamery generally shuns the use of artificial colors, Trump inspired them to create the “Make America Orange Again” flavor. People can taste the orange marshmallow Creamsicle flavors, accompanied by chocolate brownie bricks to help “build a wall.”
56 Beaver Street
New York, NY 10004
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While presidents may disagree with each other, a meal at Delmonico’s Restaurant is unanimously approved. Since its opening in 1837, the restaurant served numerous presidents including Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. To celebrate this year’s epic race to the White House, Delmonico’s and former Executive Residence White House Chef John Moeller will be serving 227 years of savory presidential dishes as part of their “Presidential Palates” menu.
64 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10003
With a month to Election Day, Village Pourhouse is hosting debate-viewing parties with specialty cocktails honoring the candidates. People can sip on the Donald Drumpf, made with rum, lime juice, pineapple juice and grenadine. Debate viewers can feel a little more presidential with the Secret Server made with vodka, blue curacao, triple sec topped with sweet and sour mix and sprite.
511 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10024
The race for best election cocktail is close at e’s BAR and people can cast their ballots soon. Whether people are voting for Trump or Clinton, this Upper West Side bar has them covered. People can watch the debate and order the colorful election cocktails, including “The Hillary” –made with gin, lemon, violet liquor and club soda — or “The Trump” with gin, lemon, cranberry and club soda.
John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.