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Beverages

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    March 1, 2013

    Sam Lewontin of Everyman Espresso Won Big at the Northeast Barista Championships

    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 >>

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    February 25, 2013

    Back Forty West Hosts a Cassoulet Festival Tonight, and More Great Events

    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 >>

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    February 21, 2013

    Big Reds with Barbecue and More Simple Wine Pairing Advice

    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 >>

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    January 11, 2013

    Pressing Thai, Tahitian, and Balinese Grapes: 5 New Latitude Wines

    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 >>

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    October 17, 2012
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    October 8, 2012

    Your Guide to Brooklyn's Wine Country

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    5 Great Sodas in NYC

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    OktoberfestNYC: 6000 Square Foot Beer Garden 16 Day Festival

    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 >>

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    September 14, 2012

    5 Best West Village Wine Bars

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    How Not to Order Espresso

    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?"

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    August 17, 2012

    Budweiser: Why It's My "King"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    10 Tips for Wine Rookies

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Q&A: The Chipped Cup's Karen Cantor and Andrew Ding on the Coffee House Scene in Harlem, Part 2

    [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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Wolaver's India Pale Ale: Hey, It Ain't Bad, But...

    Our weekly examination of, well, beer.

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    May 31, 2012

    13 Reasons Why Banning 'Pig Gulp' Sodas in NYC Isn't Such a Bad Idea

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Taste Test: Kung Fu Bubble Tea

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Five Cinco De Mayo Booze & Dine Deals

    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 >>

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    April 23, 2012

    What's Happening This Week: Wine Tastings, Cheese Party

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Our 5 Best German Beer Halls

    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.

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Maison Premiere's Pontarlier Julep

    The drink: Pontarlier Julep The bar: Maison Premiere The price: $13 The ingredients: La Clandestine absinthe, Plymouth gin, Aperol, sweet vermouth, orange flower water

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    April 13, 2012

    My 5 Favorite NYC Margaritas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Hella Bitter's Benjamin Ahr Harrison on Artisanal Bitters

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    A Handheld Espresso Machine for Your Car?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    The Wayland's Brian Hawthorne on Spring Drinks and Impromptu Bar Concerts

    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 >>

  • Dining

    March 21, 2012

    Kaia: Please Boer Me

    Happily, New York gets some more South African food

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    March 15, 2012

    Maharlika's Pacquiao's Punch

    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

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    March 8, 2012

    Billy Deal on Noorman's Kil's Collection of 326 Types of Whiskey

    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 >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Happy Absinthe Day!

    Today is National Absinthe Day, another booze holiday that kicks off a month known for combining drinking with the color green.

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    February 23, 2012

    Blue Bottle, Part Two

    ​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 >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Tea Room's Kombucha Party in Williamsburg

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Takeout Your Valentine's Meal Part Deux: Pairings

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2012

    Lincoln Ristorante's Aaron Von Rock on Negronis and Child Labor

    Aaron Von Rock​Aaron 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Gingerbread Decoration at Eleni's New York

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    5 Great Wines Under $15: Reds

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Charity Wine Tasting

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2011

    PKNY's Natalie Jacob on Cats and Lady Gaga

    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 >>

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    December 5, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Cupcake Party

    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.

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    November 23, 2011

    Black Market's Reynolds on Rocking Chairs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Ritual Coffee Invades NYC -- Via Murray's Cheese

    ​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 >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Aquavit: Let's Cocktail Like the Scandinavians

    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 >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Our 10 Best Cocktails to Drink Now

    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 >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Five New York Beers You Need to Try, According to Joshua M. Bernstein, Author of Brewed Awakening

    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 >>

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    November 4, 2011

    La Colombe Torrefaction Opening on Lafayette Street on Monday

    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 >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Our 10 Best Beer Bars

    ​ 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 >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Beer Bars

    ​ 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 >>

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    October 10, 2011

    How About Some Steal Your Face Red Blend Wine to Drink With Your Cherry Garcia Ice Cream?

    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.

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    September 28, 2011

    My Five Favorite Coffees

    ​Please don't say "But you forgot such and such brand!" I forgot nothing. These are my favorites, not a summary of every coffee ever made. And please forgive the fact that my tastes are on a grocery store level. I grew up sans pretensions--but I'd never grow up without coffee, three glorio ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Drinking Italian, Pondering Vegetables

    Our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the hottest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Tour of Italy Wine Tasting I Trulli Ristorante and Vino Wine & Spirits Monday, September 26, 6:30 p.m. Taste Italy's indigenous wine varieties at this walk-around tasting of about 1 ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Brooklyn Brewery's Garrett Oliver On The Oxford Companion to Beer

    photo by Michael Harlan TurkellGarrett Oliver makes beer a companion.​When an editor at the Oxford University Press first approached Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery, about doing The Oxford Companion to Beer, he politely declined. Having already written a book, the prospect of su ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011

    Morrell Wine Bar's Jake Klein Talks Wine Pairings and Getting Drunk as a Ten-Year-Old

    Photo courtesy Jake KleinJake Klein, lover of bone marrow and white wine​ The Morrell Wine Bar (1 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-262-7700) is one of the city's great spots for downing a glass or two -- its extensive list boasts more than 2,000 different bottles. Pairing food with wine can be tricky, t ... More >>

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