Israeli and Colombian Partners Open New York's Hottest New Bar

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Some years ago, Elad Zvi arrived in New York from Israel with very little money and very big dreams. He worked as a dishwasher in a fancy hotel, and then followed his passion and started dreaming up cocktails. Soon, he had his own consulting firm, working with restaurants and bars around the nation. In 2012, he teamed up with the Colombian-born Gabriel Orta for what was supposed to be a month-long pop-up bar in Miami; tongue firmly in cheek, they called it the Broken Shaker.

The long lines convinced the duo that closing up shop would be foolish, and, soon, the encomia started pouring in: The Broken Shaker was named America’s top bar, and reached the number 18 spot on the prestigious list of the world’s best bars in 2017. A Los Angeles and a Chicago outpost were soon established, and, this weekend, New York, too, was blessed with a Broken Shaker of its own. Lines on opening night reportedly snaked around a couple of city blocks, with thirsty patrons waiting up to an hour for a seat at the bar.

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