What comes to mind when you hear sherry, besides the Four Seasons song that maddeningly loops in your head like scratched vinyl? If the answer is a sweet brown drink that grandma likes, allow me to introduce you to New York City's "Queen of Sherry," Carla Rzeszewski. Rzeszewski is a sherry fanatic ... More >>
As spring continued dragging her feet last week, New Yorkers traipsed through snow flurries to drink wine. Nothing new there, except that the second annual NY Drinks NY was in town, offering imbibers a taste of local wines. I focused my efforts on the Finger Lakes and Niagara Escarpment, two regions ... More >>
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Declaring New York's top ten wine shops proved even harder than counting the city's finest bowls of ramen. The number of high-quality wine retailers at our disposal is an embarrassment of vinous riches, and the abundance of stellar shops forced me to draw up separate lists for Manhattan and Brooklyn ... More >>
Competitive barista-ing is a spectator sport. In addition to four judges seated at a high bar directly in front of the competing baristas, there was a boisterous, roaming audience at the 2013 Northeast Regional Barista Championship last week. Over three days at Attic Studios, an airy industrial loft ... More >>
Monday, February 25 Cassoulet Festival at Back Forty West Peter Hoffman will hold the annual Cassoulet Festival at Soho's Back Forty West starting at 6:30 p.m. Alex Raij of Txikito, Mike Laarhoven of Back Forty, Shanna Pacifico of Back Forty West, Nick Anderer or Maialino, and Tom Mylan of the Meat ... More >>
Last week, I opened a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to drink with takeout from Fletcher's BBQ. I wasn't really thinking about the pairing, although perhaps "big red and big food" subliminally guided me to pair the Southern Rhône with charred hunks of meat. I'll leave the review of Fletcher's to ou ... More >>
Welcome to the doldrums of winter. Unless you spend your weekends driving to the mountains, you're probably dreaming of warm, exotic locales to escape to during these blustery months. But don't imagine bland lagers and coconut cocktails -- the old drinks of tropical travels -- because more tourists ... More >>
Can't make it to Napa this week 'cause Jay-Z hitched a ride in your Gulfstream to his Barclays show? No worries, hit up Brooklyn, Hova's favorite borough, for an idyllic afternoon on the subway wine trail. Your chariots, the 5/G/L trains, let you have the drink without the drive -- can you name anot ... More >>
Now that the days of dropping five bucks on a jumbo, movie theater Coke will be going the way of smoking in bars, New Yorkers might want to consider a carbonation contingency plan. Despite Mayor Bloomberg's approved soda ban, plenty of NYC restaurants are crafting their own sodas in-house. Although ... More >>
We may be thousands of miles away from Munich, but that won't stop us from celebrating Oktoberfest. The 16-day Oktoberfest festival will be held from September 22 to October 7. Located at 1 Penn Plaza, OktoberfestNYC will feature almost 10,000 square feet of total festival space, including tented be ... More >>
In theory, I should love wine bars -- I drink a lot of wine, and I often trade evenings in my dinky, NYC apartment for nights out. But I often cringe when I hear the term, since every restaurant proprietor takes poetic license to call their beverages a "wine list" and their establishment a "wine bar ... More >>
As a barista in Brooklyn, I deal with all breeds of customers: the genuinely inquisitive, the indecisive, the stubborn. Then there are others, the worst, and they're much easier to spot. They always begin with a question: "What's the roast date of your beans?"
Beer UP typically examines a craft beer from a small brewer somewhere in the United States. Among many others, I've written about the Left Hand Milk Stout, the Founders Red Rye, and the Troegs Troegenator, but before I continue forward on this quest to drink every brewer in the country, I decided th ... More >>
Welcome to Unscrewed, your weekly antidote to wine-related malaise. Allow me to introduce myself with a list: 10 of my best tips for revitalizing your personal wine program or becoming a better drinker. 1. Be curious. There is no shame in learning, only in pretending to know what you don't. 2. Or ... More >>
[See More Interviews: Bitchin' Kitchen's Nadia G | Runner and Stone's Peter Endriss] Yesterday, Fork in the Road ran the first installment of this interview with owners Karen Cantor and Andrew Ding of the Chipped Cup, a new coffee shop in Harlem. Today, we follow-up and chat about the neighborhood ... More >>
Our weekly examination of, well, beer.
I'm not a fan of Mayor Bloomberg. In fact, I'm often heard railing against the mayor's real estate policies, which have seen ugly condo towers soaring around the city at random, granted huge subsidies and tax abatements, disfiguring historic neighborhoods. The same policies have driven homegrown ma- ... More >>
Fork in the Road headed to Kung Fu Tea in the East Village yesterday for a taste of their bubble milk tea ($3). Our verdict: compared to its East Village bubble tea counterparts, Kung Fu reigns superior. The shop is owned by Taiwanese management and unlike neighboring Taiwanese joints T-Kettle and ... More >>
Cinco De Mayo is just around the corner and that calls for some rounds of tequila and maybe a margarita or two. Here's a round-up of five places where you can get discounted booze on the Mexican independence day. 1) $5 bar at Tortoria. Tortaria's four Mexican-style beers on tap will all be $5 each ... More >>
Harold Dieterle is having a prix fixe dinner at Perilla, featuring dishes made with La Quercia products like prosciutto, guanciale, speck, and lardo. The dinner will be held on Tuesday, April 24 from 5:30 p.m. and will cost $70 per person, excluding tax and tip. The East Village's Spina is hosting ... More >>
Both spring and soccer season are in full swing, which means that it's time to head to the city's German beer halls for some communal revelry, large-screen sports watching, liter steins of beer, and hearty snacks. Below you'll find our favorite German beer halls in the city.
The drink: Pontarlier Julep The bar: Maison Premiere The price: $13 The ingredients: La Clandestine absinthe, Plymouth gin, Aperol, sweet vermouth, orange flower water
The house margarita at Empellón Cocina By legend, the margarita was invented around 1940 in an Italian restaurant in Ensenada, Mexico, to commemorate the visit of the daughter of the German ambassador, who happened to be named Margarita. Now, you can get a margarita -- often, a sweetish mix ... More >>
Hella Bitter, a Brooklyn-based startup, sells artisanal bitters that are quickly becoming the product of choice at some of our favorite bars and restaurants like Noorman's Kil, the Spotted Pig, and the Mermaid Inn. So we decided to ask one of the company's owners, Benjamin Ahr Harrison to explain ho ... More >>
According to an anecdotal survey conducted by the Times' Oliver Strand, Americans don't really drink straight espresso anymore. Most of owners of his favorite NYC coffee shops say that straight espresso accounts for about five percent of the coffee they sell, he wrote in the Times last week. If you ... More >>
Brian Hawthorne is one of the owners of the Wayland (700 East 9th Street, 212-777-7022), where he tends bar and sometimes performs late-night impromptu concerts for his customers. We asked him about one of our favorite drinks on the menu -- a margarita made with kale juice -- spring cocktails, and h ... More >>
Happily, New York gets some more South African food
The drink: Pacquiao's Punch The bar: Maharlika (111 1st Ave., 646-392-7880) The price: $10 The ingredients: Santa Teresa Gran Reserva rum, homemade ginger syrup, lemon, pineapple, absinthe
Noorman's Kil, a Williamsburg grilled cheese joint and bar, prides itself on its massive collection of whiskey--the bottle count is currently at 326. The bartenders there help customers navigate this intimidating selection by holding free whiskey tastings every Wednesday and being ready to share eve ... More >>
Today is National Absinthe Day, another booze holiday that kicks off a month known for combining drinking with the color green.
Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble! Yesterday, I wrote about my first experience at West 15th Street's new Blue Bottle Coffee. I apologize for having been so interested in the pour-overs that I missed the espresso machine. The other observations and criticisms still stand, including my belie ... More >>
Tea Room, a kombucha bar (yes, you read right, a bar dedicated almost exclusively to serving kombucha), just opened in Williamsburg last week, according to Grub Street. It sells six types of kombucha, all prettily named: Sunset Peach, Jasmine Pearl, Gingerly Love, Chocolate Tart, Silver Needle Jasmi ... More >>
FlackJacket2010 / FlckrHave a few drinks to loosen up, but go at your own pace. Don't want to end up like this guy.You have a plan for Tuesday and now you're ready to stick with it. Ready for your next assignment? Beverage pairings!No romantic meal is complete without a little (or a lot) of booze ... More >>
Aaron Von RockAaron Von Rock works as wine director of Lincoln Ristorante (142 West 56th Street), where he has also unveiled popular Negroni and Prosecco bars. Von Rock took the time to chat about the challenges of running single-beverage establishments -- and how a childhood of labor prepped ... More >>
Wine Tasting on a Boat As part of an ongoing series about world wines, Classic Harbor Line will host a sampling tonight, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Meet at Chelsea Piers' slot no. 62. Sign up for the $85 event here. Gingerbread Decoration at Eleni's New York Want to build the house of your dreams ... More >>
Mas de Gourgonniere, Le Baux-de-Provence (2009) T'is the time of the year when oenophiles (as distinguished from onanists) give each other gifts of wine, and dinner hosts impress their friends by decanting bottles that drink much better than the price paid for them. In other words, the gr ... More >>
Maslow 6's Charity Tasting At this Tribeca wine shop (211B West Broadway), a tasting will help fund a music education non-profit -- the Harmony Foundation. Starting at 6 p.m. Monday, attendees can sample wines, meats, cheeses, and live music. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the group ... More >>
Natalie Jacob Natalie Jacob never knew that cocktails would become such a big part of her life. The New Jersey native studied interior design at Fashion Institute of Technology. After graduating, she moved to South Florida, where she tended bar in nightclubs. There, the menu mainly consisted ... More >>
Cupcakes Take the Cake Anniversary Party The go-to blog for these frosting-topped pastries will host its 7-year anniversary party tonight, at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art (138 Sullivan St.) The shindig starts at 7 p.m. Tickets can still be purchased online for $7.
Reynolds, who tends bar at Black Market and Lovers of Today, has had a long journey to New York. The Nebraska native worked in low-profile Vancouver watering holes for years, building furniture as a side job. But he got tired of mixing G&Ts, and moved to the city two years ago. Reynolds, who only go ... More >>
Eschewing the brown paper bag of Blue Bottle and Stumptown, Ritual beans come in thick foil. I'm sitting here drinking a cup of coffee made from Ritual Coffee Roasters beans. Specifically, made from Ethiopian Koke coffee plants. It really is kind of like coke: full bodied, slightly tart, w ... More >>
Flickr/KimtaroLemon aquavit in the making The Danish food trend has been brewing for some time (see: Pellegrino's Best Restaurant Noma, the forthcoming Tribeca sandwich shop Aaman's), so it's only natural that aquavit is popping up on cocktail menus around the city, and on a micro-level...in ... More >>
Keith WagstaffNice shot For the past couple of years, The Daily Shot, FitR's inappropriately named weekly cocktail feature, has scoured the city for the tastiest cocktails it could find. Straight up, on the rocks, with a twist, rimmed, and even on fire. You name it: We've knocked it back. Now ... More >>
Sterling PublicationsA beer a day will keep the doctor away, right?While the craft-beer movement might have had its start out West, there's now no shortage of quality breweries here in New York. Just ask Joshua M. Bernstein, author of Brewed Awakening, a new book all about the origins of the ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyLa Colombe Torrefaction, now even closer to The Village Voice! Coffee fans regularly flock to lower Lafayette Street to get their java fix at La Colombe Torrefaction (270 Lafayette Street, 212-625-1717), the Philadelphia-based coffee roaster that puts out a great cup of joe. Now ... More >>
The craft beer movement, once the province of homebrewers and so-called "beer nerds," has become so mainstream that you'd be hard-pressed to find a bar in New York City that doesn't have at least Brooklyn Lager on tap. But where do you go when you want to find the absolute best brews in the ... More >>
It's no secret that the New York craft-beer scene has exploded in the last decade or so. With so many great local breweries (Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint, Kelso, Captain Lawrence), it stands to reason we'd also have a bunch of great beer bars. So, what makes for a good beer bar? A large select ... More >>
If you happened to miss the Village Voice-sponsored wine tasting/Grateful Dead cover band event Wine Unplugged at this year's Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, you can console yourself with the next best thing: a bottle of the just-released Grateful Dead "Steal Your Face Red Blend" wine.