Scott Schoer, bar manager at Sycamore
Why we're watching him: Because not only does he make some of the best cocktails around, he's an unheralded hero who has helped open several spots since jumping behind the stick in '97, including Excelsior, Abigail's and now Sycamore.
Favorite drink to make: Cosmopolitan. "It was my first ‘favorite’ cocktail; I’m old. I love to make them for guests who haven’t had one in years and really blow their minds when it’s made properly with fresh ingredients."
Favorite hangover cure: A roast-beef sandwich on an onion roll, three ways. "What can I say? I’m a sucker for an 8,000-calorie sandwich."
Customer pet peeve: "When I ask how you’re doing, and you proceed to order."
Funniest experience on the bar: "When Tara Reid and Lindsay Lohan were making out at my bar. Oh, never mind. It’s a boring story anyway."