Kasia Krupinska, Bartender/Manager, The Third Man
Bartending cred: "This year is my 10th anniversary in NYC. I moved here from Poland and I won my green card on a lottery, so I think it was destiny telling me that I have to be here. I had been at Seasonal and Edi and the Wolf before in various roles, but this is my first time bartending."
Favorite drink to make: "Currently on the menu this season I’m really into mixing fruits and herbs together. We have a raspberry drink on the menu which is egg white-based and mixes raspberry, basil, gin and lemon. It's very refreshing, beautiful and summery."
Bar customer pet peeve: "Screaming or waving at bartenders. But generally our clientele here on Avenue C is all neighborhood people. They’re usually nothing but pleasant."
Best behind-the-bar experience: "My favorite event was a Black Grouse event, which was phenomenal. They invited guest bartenders to work behind the bar. The theme was smoky flavors and Danny [Neff] did a little fire show behind the bar."
Post-shift guilty pleasure: "My guilty pleasure is definitely Maker’s Mark. When I’m closing down the bar, and when the night is starting to turn into the morning, I like to have my glass of Maker’s Mark. That sounds very romantic, I know."