At Mandarin Oriental New York, Spring Cocktails Go Way Beyond Sake

As the seasons change, so does the cocktail menu at Mandarin Oriental, New York. Located near Columbus Circle and overlooking Central Park, the luxury hotel’s 35th floor MObar is a hotbed of international guests who want a taste of all the Big Apple has to offer.

Sommelier Julie Van Zant is ready to give it to them. She came to the hotel with a wealth of experience working in restaurants and bars, and for the past two years has been the sommelier and beverage manager for the hotel. “Even though the guests may come from Hong Kong, we want to show them a sense of place,” said Van Zant. “So the drinks have an Asian sensibility, but they’re also very New York City-inspired.”

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