There’s something about an unexpected smoky haze or a surprise burst of orange flames that captivates diners. When you want a bit of a show with your dinner, go for one of these fiery favorites.
Ouzo Bay’s flaming Lamborghini
Ordered about 10 times a week and typically served for birthdays, the fiery drink — one of a half-dozen flaming beverages served at the bar — is actually off the menu. But the dramatics of it — the fire presentation requires the use of three types of stacked glasses — and the taste — it’s a mixture of Baileys Irish cream, Kahlua and Sambuca — makes this the most popular of the group, according to bar manager Liz Jankiewicz. $20.
Cava Mezze’s saganaki
Vida Taco Bar’s smoked margarita
This stunning drink features Ilegal Mezcal Joven, the restaurant’s own margarita mix and a chipotle-cinnamon salted rim. If that’s not enough, the drink comes in a smoking bucket that provides enough haze to rival a smoke machine. $10.
Gordon Ramsay Steak’s smoked beef tartare
The classic dish gets the smoky treatment as the aged and chopped beef tenderloin — combined with lemon zest, shallots, capers, cornichons and quail’s yolk — is spooned atop house-made Yukon gold herbed potato chips. The dish is served cold tableside in a dome filed with an aromatic applewood smoke. $21.
The Bluebird Cocktail Room’s smoked Santiago
This cocktail features Papa’s Pilar 24-year rum, simple syrup, cream sherry, maraschino liquor and a lime peel garnish. The drink is then placed in a smoke-filled glass cloche to add a dramatic smoky effect. $16
The Bygone’s Peking duck
Talk about a show stopper. The duck for two is flambéed tableside and then deboned in the kitchen and returned to the dining room with a lavender honey sauce. $85.
Minnow’s love potion No. 8
The smoke in this signature drink comes from dry ice that is placed in the sweet cocktail, which is made with vodka, “happy” liqueur (a house-made mixture) and elderflower liqueur. $10.