Amir Babayoff Ophelia Lounge NYC

Chilled Magazine - Amir Babayoff Ophelia Lounge NYC

For Amir Babayoff, bartending for guests is like preparing for a theatrical performance where the bartender is actor, director, and set designer all in one. “Setting up the bar and maintaining it throughout service is like setting up the stage for performance,” he says. “I learned that, come showtime, every prop has to be placed consistently in a very specific spot, every tool behind the bar, and practically everything we use has to be placed in the same place in order to keep efficiency and speed. Freshness of fruits and herbs and being fully stocked will prevent you from spending unnecessary energy during service.”