New York legend comes to Hong Kong: After its success as a pop-up in Hong Kong in 2016, the much anticipated speakeasy is finally opened for good on the mezzanine above MO Bar in the Landmark Mandarin Oriental. As PDT (Please Don’t Tell)’s first-ever permanent fixture outside of New York City, you can expect the same high quality tipples and dogs from the team behind one of the world’s best bars.
Look & Feel: As with any speakeasy, the journey getting inside the bar is half the fun. Much like its NYC sister, you must find the secret phone booth entrance and dial the lucky number before you are welcomed into the slick interiors. Seating only 25, PDT has an intimate atmosphere that takes you away from the city life a door away.
On the Menu: PDT has a small menu of 15 cocktails, some classics from New York and some created exclusively for Hong Kong. A fun take on local traditions is the Milky Tea Punch ($158), made with Ron Zacapa Centenario rum, Hennessy V.S.O.P. cognac, Rickshaw tea, condensed milk, Tayouran egg and Angostura bitters.
Thankfully, such a fine cocktail bar is not above dirty finger food — namely hot dogs ($98 each) and tater tots ($88). Curated by Chef Richard Ekkebus, you will find frankfurters that got an upgrade (namely free-range and sustainable) nestled in toasty brioche buns with a myriad of creative toppings.
Meet the Bartender: Head bartender Adam Schmidt was stationed at PDT New York for four years before landing here in Hong Kong. With experience at experimental restaurant Alder and the 2017 Chivas Masters global final, he is armed with plenty of tales and recommendations for both cocktails and bites.
Jeng: Not many places do cocktails and bar snacks with equal excellence. Cocktails and hotdogs is a pairing you never knew you needed.
Not So Jeng: Coveted location, drinks and atmosphere come at a price, and so the cocktails at PDT are more for sipping. The small space also means it’s best to book ahead.
Great For: Date night and supper.
Service: Wonderful and personable staff at the bar, who always welcome a good chat and questions about drinks.
FYI: The secret number to dial is 1!
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