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Beverages

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Brooklyn Winery's Harvest is in Full Swing: Get a First-Hand Look at Urban Winemaking

    Wineries usually elicit images of gently sloping hills covered with twisting vines of grapes -- not brownstones with garbage strewn out front. But wine can be made in any setting. Set just a short walk from the Bedford L stop, Brooklyn Winery (213 North 8th Street, Williamsburg; 347-763-1506) makes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Set Your Clocks Straight With Hopsomniac IPA

    "There goes the sun," the Beatles famously sang...Oh wait, no they didn't. Because no one wants to see less sunshine -- save for vampires, goth kids, and the sadist ninnies who enjoy setting their clocks back this weekend. Sure, they'll say, the extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning will be swell. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2014

    This Week's Five Best Food Events

    Whether you like to cook, dine out, or just watch food on the big screen, here are five events to consider this week.

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Recipe: Joe Campanale's Sparkling Negroni Sbagliato

    Sick of your usual call drink? Try something new. In this series, we're asking the city's bartenders to name their current drinks of choice. Check out our Good Call archives for another round. Today's call comes by way of Joe Campanale, beverage director and co-owner of Dell'anima (38 Eighth Avenue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    The Four Best Fall Food and Drink Tasting Menus

    Forget pumpkin beer, we've got sherry, cider, and lots of wine to drink this fall, all paired with edible expressions of the season. Here are four of our favorite food and beverage menus served around town this month.

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    Where to Celebrate the Final Days of Oktoberfest in NYC

    With larger than life Bavarian pretzels, specially brewed beer, and polka music, Oktoberfest has once again descended upon our fair city. But with festivities already underway and running well into October, finding the right party can be harder than squeezing into a pair of lederhosen after a plate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    In Queens, a Homegrown Spirit

    Chris Murillo, founder of the Astoria Distilling Company, experienced a rather dramatic transition when he opted to go full-time with his creation, an Old Tom gin dubbed Queens Courage. A former lawyer, Murillo went from hustling through Midtown in a suit one day to wearing jeans and a t-shirt and h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Want to Drink Better Coffee? Think About It as You Would Wine

    A few months ago, I had a conversation with a respected wine journalist and Master of Wine that left me incredulous for this person's surprising attitude towards coffee. Asked to expound upon the significant parallels between both drinks, a nascent but certainly timely topic, this industry luminary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Where to Celebrate National Coffee Day With Free Coffee

    Every day is coffee day around here -- we have yet to figure out how to do anything before that sweet, black nectar is coursing through our veins. But we suppose the only thing better than a morning (or afternoon) pick-me-up is a free morning (or afternoon) pick-me-up, so we'll embrace the spirit of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Here's a Recipe for an Excellent Vieux Carré From Ward III's Kenneth McCoy

    Sick of your usual call drink? Try something new. In this series, we're asking the city's bartenders to name their current drinks of choice. Check out our Good Call archives for another round. Today's call comes by way of Kenneth McCoy of Ward III (111 Reade St.; 212-240-9194) and The Rum House (2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Why Bartender Joaquín Simó Still Loves Working a 12-Hour Shift Behind the Bar

    Bartender Joaquín Simó received his first lesson in hospitality as a teenager while working as a parish secretary at his church. "The very first thing that Father Gerrardo taught me was not how to answer the phone or where the CCD registration forms were, but rather, how to prepare Cuban coffee fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Act Quickly: There Are a Few Choice Sub-$100 NYCWFF Tickets Left

    Even though the annual New York City Food and Wine Festival (NYCWFF) and its hoard of groupies don't storm the city for another month, tickets have already been pillaged for a number of events. How typical! (Writes the jaded New Yorker.) Don't despair though -- we've sifted through the remainder of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Like the Vesper? Try This Twist, the Señor Bond

    Sick of your usual call drink? Try something new. In this series, we're asking the city's bartenders to name their current drinks of choice. Check out our Good Call archives for another round. Today's call comes by way of bartender Alejandro Espinosa of Toloache 82 (166 East 82 Street; 212-861-4505 ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 10, 2014

    MADE IN JAPAN

    Get a taste of the islands’ little-known beer culture

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    What It's Like to Be Part of the All-Female Wine Team at a Manhattan Steakhouse

    Washington state transplant and sommelier Jessica Certo, now a decade deep into her NYC residency, knows how to work the floor of a steakhouse. She's so good at her job, she can sell a glass of Chardonnay to a lawyer ordering a filet. And Certo doesn't work at any old steakhouse, but the impressivel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Bathtub Gin's John McCarthy's Ode to the Real Daiquiri

    Sick of your usual call drink? Try something new. In this series, we're asking the city's bartenders to name their current drinks of choice. Check out our Good Call archives for another round. Today's call comes by way of John McCarthy of Bathtub Gin (132 Ninth Avenue; 646-559-1671) and Cedar Local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Taste Rare Japanese Craft Beers For One Night Only

    Japanese beer is so much more than Asahi and Sapporo. In 1994, deregulation of the Japanese beer market set off an explosion in the craft beer scene. Twenty years later, the gastronomic arena is simmering again, with a vibrant resurgence in craft brewers and drinkers. Trouble is, these well-rounded, ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 20, 2014

    FIZZY LIFTING DRINK

    The shady history of soda pop.

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Nobletree Delivers Groundbreaking "Estate" Coffee

    A New York original is set to enter the city's coffee scene. Helmed by a true New Yorker (OK, by way of New Jersey), Nobletree will introduce a new business model, advance the Red Hook revival, and upset the balance of the city's specialty coffee scene.

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    Greek Wines Rule the List at Molyvos

    Most visitors to Santorini at some point sip a crisp glass of lemon and sea-salt imbued assyrtiko while sitting hypnotized by the blue of the romantic isle's caldera; few have gone home and dedicated their lives to it (the wine; plenty of folks pursue bliss). Kamal Kouiri, wine director and general ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    The Austrian Cure for Vinous Discontent

    It's mid-summer, we're steeping in city heat, and thus reaching for a bottle of chilled wine when evening refreshment hour rolls around (which seems to creep up earlier in the day as the season stretches on). By now, you've probably guzzled the last of your Wölffer rosé allotment, dumped out enoug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Why the Hemingway Daiquiri Is a Timeless Summer Classic

    Sick of your usual call drink? Try something new. In this series, we're asking the city's bartenders to name their current drinks of choice. Check out our Good Call archives for another round. Today's call comes by way of Nico Szymanski of THE LCL: Bar & Kitchen (212 East 42nd Street; 212-405-4399)

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    This Week's Five Best Food Events

    Looking to challenge yourself? Check out food trivia, a class on pupusa-making, or a film about what makes specialty coffee so special -- other than your barista. Here are five events on our radar this week.

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Meet Long Island Winemaker Russell Hearn (He Admits to Not Drinking Chardonnay)

    New Yorkers live in one of the greatest winemaking states of our nation, yet we lack the close bond to our local wine market that, say, San Franciscans have with Sonoma or Napa. In an effort to start a dialogue with the winemakers of our backyard and spotlight the delicious juice being made only a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Why You Should Expand Your Sparkling Wine Horizons With Pet Nat

    No time is a bad time for a glass full of bubbly wine (OK, maybe when operating heavy machinery), so you should consider drinking more of it. You can expand your horizons in the category this week at Williamsburg wine shop Vine Wine (616 Lorimer Street, 718-349-1718): The retailer -- which is known ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Here Are the Five Best Food Events in NYC This Weekend

    You shouldn't be spending even one more second than necessary in your house or office this summer -- here are five great excuses to get out.

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Here's Hole in the Wall, a New Worthy Coffeeshop in Midtown

    The aptly named Hole in the Wall (420 Fifth Avenue) coffee shop builds on several themes of New York's coffee growth in the last couple years: the proliferation of quality java spots in midtown and the dominance of Aussies opening them. In addition, the café may be continuing the trend of closet-si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Here Are This Week's Five Best Food Events

    Mondays after a holiday weekend are brutal. Thankfully, there are plenty of mood boosters to look forward to this week; see the lobster, Riesling, and other treats on this week's event line-up.

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Seven Years on, Paul Grieco Is Still Trying to Eradicate Your Riesling Sins

    This season brings the seventh iteration of Summer of Riesling, a vinous campaign founded and led by Riesling's greatest advocate, Paul Grieco of Terroir Wine Bars, to educate consumers on the grape's breadth of styles (e.g., most aren't sweet, many of the best are dry) and celebrate the grape's gen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    July is Good Beer Month, So Take Advantage of These Events

    Did you know that July is Good Beer Month? Now that you do, you have no excuse not to celebrate. Even if you're taking a vacation this month, there are so many beer-focused happenings that you'll be sure to find a way to get your brew on. And, if these events aren't enough for you, consider purchasi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Why the Margarita Is, Per Toro's Caitlin Doonan, the Perfect Call Drink

    Sick of your usual call drink? Try something new. In this series, we're asking the city's bartenders to name their current drinks of choice. Check out our Good Call archives for another round. Today's call comes by way of Caitlin Doonan of Toro (85 Tenth Avenue, 212-691-2360).

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    A Primer on Cold Brew Coffee and Where to Drink It Around Town

    It's summer, or at least pretending to be summer, and thus the season for iced coffee. Almost every coffee shop will have a version: some clouded with dairy products and laden in sugar, invariably more expensive than a plain cup of joe, and slurped down far quicker. Leaving aside frozen concoctions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Is This NYC's Best Pop-Up Restaurant?

    In New York, we're spoiled for choice when it comes to French cuisine. Surrounded by culinary riches as we are, it can be tough to decide where to go for a fix of boudin noir and a well-paired wine. So when Eric Ripert himself begins making recommendations, you sit up and pay attention. Les Chefs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    The 10 Best Coffee Shops in Jersey City and Hoboken

    The morning grind of crossing over and under the Hudson requires some extra motivation, and with a burgeoning coffee scene that's been quietly percolating far beyond the Starbucks-and-Dunkin-dominated PATH hubs, there's never been a better time to detour for your morning fix. These are the 10 best c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    Here's Why You Should Try Shandy

    If you want to spark derision from a bunch of craft beer snobs, just mention the S word: shandy. The most basic of beer cocktails, the shandy combines lemonade or another non-alcoholic drink with beer to create a low-ABV summer sipper. It's been gaining in popularity for the last couple of years, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Here Are the Best Beer (and Cider) Events in June

    With Memorial Day behind us, the summer beer festival season can officially begin. Here are four great opportunities to kick off your hot-weather drinking, all taking place in the month of June.

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Here Are Five Rosé Wines to Drink for Memorial Day (and the Day After...and the Day After That)

    Spring -- and the onset of Memorial Day weekend -- practically obligates wine writers to pen a piece on the unofficial arrival of rosé wine drinking season. I've no problem capitulating to such requisite; I adore this fermented pink drink -- the beguiling pale salmon to vivid fuchsia colors, and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Is Racines NYC's Best New Wine Bar?

    Racines (94 Chambers St, 212-227-3400) had me at Romorantin, or rather, Cour-Cheverny (the French don't label their wines by variety, but by region). One seldom finds Romorantin on a wine bar list, let alone by the glass, but this rarity, a textural, aromatic white from Cour-Cheverny in the Loire, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Here's a Wine-Driven Reason to Venture to Times Square -- and a Way to Score a Deal

    The New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square recently announced their upcoming wine dinners, which will be hosted on the 47th floor in the View Restaurant, New York's only rotating restaurant.

  • Dining

    April 30, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Bloomer Creek Wines Make Finger Lakes Hallowed Ground

    Kim Engle pauses mid-sentence as his eyes drift to the window. Looking uneasy, he peers through the foggy pane at his vineyards: "Sorry, the rain made me lose concentration; it makes me nervous." For four summer days, the rain had been driving down in unseasonably high quantities; that morning, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    How the Brooklyn Wine Exchange Became a Beloved Neighborhood Wine Shop

    NYC is experiencing a golden era in wine, as retailers have access to more wines from more importers from the farthest reaches of the globe than ever before. As I set out to distill those retailers down to a forthcoming list of the 10 best (which will build on last year's list), I reached out to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels Now Pouring in Nolita

    When Romée de Goriainoff, Olivier Bon, Pierre-Charles Cros, Xavier Padovani, and Benjamin Sormonte opened their first Experimental Cocktail Club in Paris, they were attempting to bring a bit of New York City innovation to the City of Light. "Eight years ago, there was no cocktail bar in Paris," say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    Is Salta Argentina's Next Hot Spot for Wine?

    Last week, I spent several days touring the high country of Argentina's northwest in the Province of Salta, a varied landscape that kisses the arid edges of Bolivia and Peru. While driving three hours north from the city of Salta towards wine country in Cafayate, the landscape transforms every 30 mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Make These Hall and Oates Inspired Cocktails

    On Tuesday night a couple hundred beautiful people/industry types gathered on the rooftop penthouse of The Kimberly Hotel and were plied with free Woody Creek vodka. There was free food too, and the types of wild, clear nighttime views of the Chrysler building and Manhattan that immediately make you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    67-Year-Old Morrell Wine Shop and Bar Reopen in Rockefeller Center

    Roberta Morrell's parents first opened the Morrell (1 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-688-9370) wine shop in a 600-square-foot space on 49th Street in 1947, and in the 67 years since, the retailer has moved around Midtown, occupying addresses on 53rd Street and Madison Avenue before making its way back to it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Happy Bones Imports a Kiwi Coffee Sensibility to NYC

    A thin, bright slice of a café near the edge of Little Italy, Happy Bones (394 Broome Street; 212-673-3754) is the by-default New Zealand entrant of the New York coffee scene. Happy Bones was founded by two artistic types (see a theme here?): New Zealander Luke Harwood, who previously co-founded St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Jessica Brown, Wine Director at The John Dory and Breslin, Drinks Champagne with Everything

    Originally from a farm upstate near Ithaca, Jessica Brown grew up with Finger Lakes vineyards practically in her backyard. But her devotion to the vine began in Italy, where she adored Nebbiolo in particular, the fabled grape of Barolo from Piedmont. As the current sommelier and wine director at The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Where to Look for Wine List Deals at Our 99 Essential Restaurants

    As we prepared to write about our 99 Essential Restaurants™ in Lower Manhattan, we spoke to the chefs and owners behind these places, asking them to discuss their history and unique place among the other eateries in this town. But we were also thinking of your wallet, dear readers, and so we asked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    How to Really Enjoy Tea, Per the Experts at Harney & Sons

    A family-run business launched over thirty years ago in upstate Connecticut, Harney & Sons (433 Broome Street), purveyor of fine teas, now runs two shops -- one in Millerton, New York, a small town of less than 1,000, and the other in SoHo where pedestrians numbers in the thousands every half hour. ... More >>

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