Vetro Restaurant and Lounge in Howard Beach is one of the most elegant bar and lounge experiences outside of Manhattan. Vetro functions as four businesses in one building, with a bar, restaurant, catering hall, wine cellar and rooftop lounge that offers beautiful vistas of Jamaica Bay.
Vetro’s website states, “As a restaurant, lounge, and catering venue, Vetro offers a modern, elegant setting for any event or occasion. Most importantly, you and your guests will be treated like royalty throughout your visit from your first moment of contact with one of our experienced and capable servers.”
Their wine cellar carries 415 wines from around the world and is perfect for private parties or large groups.
Bartender Don Galzimski, who learned the fine art of mixology, while working at Russo’s on the Bay and Vetro’s and has since added a few of his own cocktails to the Vetro’s menu. Galzimski said, he tours bars in Brooklyn, meets with other bartenders and makes drinks to see what tastes good.
On the Vetro cocktail menu, Galzimski boasts about his creation The Valentina, “That’s my baby,” he said.
• Four or five cucumber slices, crush with pestle in glass
• Few leaves of mints gently massage to release flavor
• A shot of simple syrup
• A shot of pomegranate juice
• Almond liqueur shot
• Two ounces of Hendricks gin
• An ounce of lime juice
• Then vigorously shake, then double strain it and garnish with a slice of cucumber.