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The Black Pepper Buddha at Grand Tavern

Grand Tavern owner/founder/relentless presence Temoor Noor created a neighborhood bar in a converted Victorian, and filled it with habit-forming foodstuffs, including the Little Kabul lamb burger and the biscuit-topped chicken potpie. But it’s The Black Pepper Buddha — a mix of gin, house-crafted black pepper syrup, fresh organic grapefruit and lemon juice, with a little egg white — that provides total consciousness on a barstool. The mezcal-absinthe-ginger Smokey Wall offers its own revealing visions, too.

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