Holy Ground: "Smoke on Smoke" - A Guide to Mezcal with Gustavo Zamora- MON 9/9

Holy Ground: "Smoke on Smoke" - A Guide to Mezcal with Gustavo Zamora- MON 9/9


monday, september 9th

6:30pm - 8:30pm

9pm - 11pm

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Enter Holy Ground- a subterranean hideaway that welcomes you to a prohibition-era speakeasy.

Replete with dark mahogany & brown leather booths, this “smoked meat speakeasy” is the sort of place that would make Sammy Davis Jr. shed a tear.

Led by Matt Abramcyk (Smith & Mills, Yves, and Tiny’s), Nathan Lithgow (Café Altro Paradiso) and Franco Vlasic (Fort Gansevoort BBQ), the team has injected a NY state of mind into their killer smoked meats & barbecue program. 

As for their cocktail program, it’s a serious affair.

Running their agave program is in-house Agave Expert, and our guide for the evening, Gustavo Zamora

Zamora, who will be joined by Mariah Kunkel of Banhez Mezcal (a co-op owned mezcal from farmers of Oaxaca), has been behind the bar at the likes of Atla and Cosme- two of the world's top 50 restaurants specializing in elevated Mexican cuisine. 

In this experience, we’ll be tasting through five different expressions of Mezcal- highlighting single varietals, styles, and differing terroirs.

The evening will also feature paired bbq cuisine, and will include a tutorial on how to build a Paloma- a quintessential agave-based cocktail.

Paired Food Menu

St. Louis Spare Ribs | House Sauce

Manhattan Wings | Smoked & Char Grilled, Ranch

Charred Corn Salad | Smoked Cabbage, Jalapeño Lime

Crispy Potatoes | Mustard Aioli, Celery

Your Booking Includes

Recipe cards (physical & digital copies)

Bottle of the Holy Ground "Fox Blood" House BBQ Sauce- a tangy, spicy, slightly sweet sauce that pairs well with anything in the fridge.


About Gustavo Zamora

Gustavo has been a part of the cocktail program at Tribeca "Smoked Meat Speakeasy," Holy Ground, since its inception in July of 2018. Mezcal has become not only an area of expertise for Zamora, but also a true passion. With a wealth of knowledge in styles, producers, and expressions of Mezcal, Gustavo is Holy Ground's in-house agave expert.

About Holy Ground

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Holy Ground is a restaurant and speakeasy where classic New York Steakhouse meets Smoke House and Cocktail Bar. Named for it’s location in TriBeCa, the downtown area once known as the “Holy Ground” in the mid 1700s, Holy Ground borrows from the neighborhood’s rich and colorful history to create a unique dining and drinking experience.

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Songs of Praise

Walk down the steps into a space that feels a century old, drink a sazerac at the bar while reminding yourself that you should get more into jazz, and fill the table in front of your red leather booth with cuts of meat you’ve only ever eaten off wax paper.
The smoky flavors lingered into the mains: platters of fall-off-the-bone ribs, Wagyu brisket drenched in a tangy barbecue sauce and an unctuous, slow-smoked beef rib. Each piece of meat was expertly cooked, creating a concentrated crust of intense flavor to balance the richness of the tender flesh.
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So where is the city’s ‘cue culture headed? One possibility is Holy Ground, the subterranean barbecue joint masquerading as an old-school chophouse, which opened in Tribeca this summer.