Magazine article The New Yorker

Little Giant;

Magazine article The New Yorker

Little Giant;

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85 Orchard St. (212-226-5047)--The Little Giant, the eponymous house cocktail, is a shot of tequila, plus a lime slice powdered with espresso grinds and sugar. You do the shot, then place the lime on your tongue, coffee side down. The combination may sound silly, but it works wonders: it tastes great, rearranges your mood, and conveys in an instant that this modest place has big intentions. The name of the place (and the drink) derives from an Oklahoma pump manufacturer, but the owners, an enthusiastic pair of young women named Julie Taras and Tasha Garcia, are really referring to their underdog status: they have a tiny budget in a tough restaurant town.

The space is airy and simple, with a vaulted ceiling of old brick, and blond plywood shelves, tables, and chairs that were designed and built--without nails--by Taras's brother Jeffrey, an architecture student at Columbia. The do-it-yourself approach extends to the food; Taras and Garcia make their own sausages and corn their own beef. They have also devised unorthodox names for their concoctions; like the tequila, they seem goofy until you try them. …

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