Drinking Diaries

Chef Tiffany Derry and barman Rocco Milano shake up their menus at Private Social

Chef Tiffany Derry and barman Rocco Milano shake up their menus at Private Social

Private Social restaurant in Uptown Dallas
Private Social has introduced new bites for happy hour, Monday-Friday, 5-7 pm. Listen to live music on the patio on Wednesdays during happy hour.  Photo courtesy of Private Social
Dallas bartender Rocco Milano
Barman Rocco Milano has revamped the cocktail menu to include plenty of fall-worthy drinks. Photo courtesy of Barter
Cocktails at Private Social restaurant in Dallas
A few of the 14 cocktails Milano introduced for Private|Social's fall menu. Photo courtesy of Private Social
Chef Tiffany Derry of Private Social in Dallas
Chef about town Tiffany Derry opened Private Social in 2011.  Photo by David Woo
Private Social restaurant in Uptown Dallas
Dallas bartender Rocco Milano
Cocktails at Private Social restaurant in Dallas
Chef Tiffany Derry of Private Social in Dallas

It’s been a little more than a year since Tiffany Derry opened up Private Social on McKinney Avenue, and in that time she has demonstrated that Top Chef viewers didn’t get it wrong.

The modern American menu at PS is split between shared plates (Social) and more traditional dining (Private). With the weather finally getting a little colder, Derry and barman Rocco Milano have updated the menu and cocktails with more seasonally appropriate dishes.

New shared plates include Korean BBQ short ribs with sweet and spicy pickled cucumbers, lamb meatballs with marinara and goat cheese on crusted bread, and the fanciest chili cheese dog you’ve ever seen.

 Barman Milano has embraced the colder months with two beer cocktails that feel like fall, plus twists on classics like the Gin-Ger Mule, his take on a Moscow Mule.

Milano has embraced the colder months with two beer cocktails that feel like fall: The Dominican Drifter has añejo rum, apple liqueur, allspice rum, lemon juice and Widmer Drifter Pale Ale. Fall Into A Glass (yep, that’s the name) is gin, hum spirit, lemon juice and Franconia Hefeweizen.

There are also twists on classics like the Gin-Ger Mule, in which gin replaces the vodka in a Moscow Mule, and the Polish 57, which is a French 75 with Zubrowka Polish Bison Grass vodka instead of the traditional gin to go with Champagne, lemon juice and orange zest.

Milano uses house-made bitters in his Skyrim Sazerac — named after the video game — featuring Germain-Robin craft method brandy, aforementioned bitters and an absinthe rinse, as well as in the Velvet Love Monkey, a Scotch cocktail with Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch, Velvet Falernum and bitters.

Milano said that he has worked to create drinks for all palates, from the rich Italian Old-Fashioned with Jim Beam, orange zest, lemon zest, vermouth and dehydrated Campari, to the light and effervescent Pear Collins with Tito’s, fresh lemon juice, roasted pear concentrate, house-made hops, hibiscus-cherry bitters and club soda. All 14 specialty cocktails are $10.

The Social side is hosting happy hour Monday-Friday, 5-7 pm, with half-price beer, wine by the glass, specialty cocktails and Social menu items. Local musicians perform Wednesdays on the patio.