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Lantern’s Keep Staff
Meet the Best Bartenders in NYC
Lantern’s Keep is proud to employ some of the best bartenders in NYC – experts on hand-crafted cocktails, with a wealth of experience behind the city’s most prestigious bars. Learn more about our team by browsing the following Lantern’s Keep staff information.
Bartenders at Lantern's Keep
- Josh Perez: Since 2009, Joshua Perez's uncompromising style and supreme attention to detail have served his rapid rise in the craft cocktail world. From discos in New Zealand and rooftop lanais in Hawaii, to high volume cocktail bars in San Francisco and "science projects" in Manhattan, Perez lives to absorb the techniques from every facet of the bar.
Perez was introduced to the craft cocktail scene at 15 Romolo in San Francisco, which led him to work at Momofuku's Booker & Dax in New York City with food scientist Dave Arnold.
With his worldly experience and unwavering drive, Perez's approach to assembling a craft cocktail is fortified by the learned knowledge of a wide range of bartenders, coupled with a mastery of incorporating esoteric ingredients and nontraditional methods.
Perez currently can be found regularly at Lantern's Keep.
Jess Gonzalez: Jessica Gonzalez has been in the service industry for over 20 years. She began bartending at 18, putting herself through school for a degree in Fine Arts and later Interior Design. She worked all over NYC in bars and restaurants while pursuing her love of painting.
As part of the opening staff of New York's acclaimed cocktail bar, Death & Company, a job Jessica worked while earning her degree in Interior Design, she was able to find a new outlet for her creativity: inventing cocktails. There she honed her craft of the cocktail and spirits knowledge, as well as service.
Jessica went on to become the opening Head Bartender at the NoMad where she was instrumental in receiving a James Beard Nomination the first year and earned the award for Best Bar Program the following year. Under her leadership at NoMad, the bar earned nominations and awards from Tales of the Cocktail for Best Hotel Bar and Best Restaurant Bar.
Jessica's drinks can be found in various cocktail books including Gary Regan's 2011 Annual Manual for Bartenders, at which she received a Gazzer for being "Fabulous".
Jessica Currently lives in Beacon, NY from where she commutes to NYC to consult on bar programs, spirits and events. She also continues to tend bar at Lantern's Keep and Diageo Bar.
Brad Goocher: In 2010, Brad moved to New York from Atlanta, GA after touring and playing with various bands for a living, with the intent of pursuing a career within the field of bartending. After a few months of bartending at beer bars around town, he opened Manzo, Eataly's white tablecloth Italian steakhouse. Shortly thereafter, Brad was tapped to lead Eataly's bartending team at their roof-top brewpub, Birreria. When Manzo's chef, Michael Toscana, left to open his own restaurant, Perla, Brad followed suit, while also working at Roberta's, the much beloved Bushwick pizzeria. When an opening became available, he joined the Lantern's Keep team to pursue his passion of craft cocktails.
Natasha Torres: Natasha Torres joined the team at Lantern's Keep in 2014. Hailing from Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, she's had an eclectic upbringing, living abroad in Madrid for a year before eventually settling into Brooklyn. Choosing cocktails over law school, Natasha first began cutting her teeth at Dram, bar-backing for two years, becoming their head bar-back, a position created exclusively for her. She moved on to the John Dory Oyster Bar where she worked for over a year, crafting cocktails and gaining recognition for her agility, efficiency, and creativity. Always eager to learn, she's has also tended the bar at Milk and Honey and Grand Banks.
- John Ploesser: John came to New York to open Perla as Head Bartender. In his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, John honed his bartending skills at The Old Fashioned where he developed an interest in classic cocktails while making, sometimes, hundreds of their namesake drinks in a single night.
John lived for a year in the south of France where he became fluent in the language. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Film Theory. He bartends at Lantern's Keep, as well as Featherweight in Brooklyn.