Sugar Momma is FiDi’s newest, now not-so secret dining and cocktail destination. Since opening in March, word has gotten out that it’s the after-work spot for any New Yorker who works hard but plays just as hard.
By day 15 Cliff St. is an intimate café + coffee by the name Hole in the Wall and serves the usual drink suspects along with an elevated food menu. Then at the strike of 6:00 PM, 15 Cliff Street loosens the tie and moonlights as the cheeky and playful restaurant + bar, Sugar Momma.
The 90’s era permeates Sugar Momma with a projector flashing black and white imagery on the back wall, a red neon “Hello Gorgeous” sign lighting the way and a soundtrack playing all the throwback hits.
Drink options are anything but basic at Sugar Momma with 11 signature cocktails to choose from after a long day at the office. Chart toppers include Momma’s Martini (Vodka, Passionfruit, Raspberries & Prosecco), Smoke’n (Mezcal, grapefruit syrup, lime, simple syrup, hot sauce and soda) and the Sweet n’ Sour (whiskey, maple syrup, lemon and egg white).
Sugar Momma also has wines by the glass and bottle in addition to Brooklyn Lager and an Oyster Bay IPA. Presentation is just as important as taste at prepare yourself for photo-worthy cocktails; some of which are lit on fire and served alongside bubbly champagne shots.
Responsible for the eclectic menu is Executive Chef Brent Hudsons. The culinary inspiration comes from owner Barry Dry’s upbringing in Australia. The dishes include small plates like Crispy Pork (soy caramel, sour apple, picked herbs & cashews), a Edamame + Avocado Dip (a take on guacamole with feta, pomegranate and micro herbs), East Coast Oysters and Burrata with shaved melon and prosciutto and larger dishes to consume like a signature Truffle Beef and ‘Shroom Burger (crispy bacon, caramelized onions, house pickles and special sauce), Grass-Fed Wagyu Rib Eye (XO mushroom butter, broccolini and garlic chives), Satay Curry Chicken, and the ability to Roll Your Own Brisket Tacos.
From the outside this inconspicuous building really does appear to be a hole in the wall, but upon entering you know you’ve found the secret to a night of success.
– Lauren Wire
15 Cliff Street
New York, NY