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Jonathan Gold's Union Station Cocktail Party for Zócalo: The Lowdown

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Saturday night Union Station's grand ticket hall was the very grand location of Jonathan Gold's Cocktail Party to benefit Zócalo. People were giddy as they were photographed at the entry, feeling like they had the fabled golden ticket. The lighting was dim in the gorgeous art deco hall, but the room was not overly crowded. Still, the auditorium chairs set up in the middle of the room did cause some "excuse me" "pardon me"s.

The bars were like a dream. Set up in stations throughout the room and serving only one cocktail each, the bars were able to move patrons quickly. There was a table offering Perrier Jouet (the one with the flowers), traditional absinthe service and Death in the Afternoon from The Doheney, bars serving Cole's Manhattans, Seven Grand's Chivas Marnie Taylor and Chivas Regal 18 served neat, and finally The Varnish's Beefeater Gin Fix, my favorite cocktail of the evening.

The food was set up along one wall, so you could just shoot right down like a slip n' slide of gastronomy. Still, most people took their time and stood at tables to enjoy the tastes along with the cocktails. The cocktails had been specially paired, a Manhattan was suggested for Cut's Kobe beef short ribs, and the Chivas Mamie Taylor with lime and ginger was paired with the clam fritters from Providence. The short ribs and fritters were the standout dishes of the evening. Other notables bites were the tuna tartare "sandwiches" from Cut and Rivera's Tortillas Florales. The biggest WTF of the evening were The Gorbals' bacon-wrapped matzoh balls. We love you, Ilan, but was there a "sacrilege" quickfire we didn't know about?