• 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

  • Blogs

    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

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Are Snobby Coffee Rules Made to Be Broken?

    nate steiner/FlickrThird wave or reich?​It's easy to roll one's eyes at some of the serious -- a/k/a "third-wave" -- coffee bars in this town. The New York Post today rounds up some of the major no-nos certain high-end coffee shops simply will not tolerate. Like, espresso to go. Or grinding fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Loreley's Doug Darwin Talks German Beer, Oktoberfest and Why He No Longer Enjoys Shotgunning Cheap Domestic Suds

    Herr Doug Darwin​OK, so maybe we're feeling a little beery these days, what with Craft Beer Week on its way. That, and a new beer garden opening, like, every other week. We caught up with Doug Darwin, from Loreley, the new-wave German beer hall that started it all. Darwin has been with Loreley ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Craft Beer Week Coming Soon to New York City

    Landfelddt / FlickrBottoms up!​While there is no greater craft beer event this autumn than the Village Voice's own Brooklyn Pour, beer geeks should get pumped for New York City's fourth annual Craft Beer Week, occurring from Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 25. With almost 100 bars a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Chick Beer Founder Shazz Lewis Dishes on Making Girly Brews

    ChickNo boys allowed​Truth be told, we're a little wary of alcoholic beverages marketed exclusively to women. So when we read about Chick, a just-released beer marketed at the female demographic, we were skeptical at best. What's wrong with regular beer? So we called up founder Shazz Lewis t ... More >>

  • News

    August 3, 2011

    Tracking Down The City's Moonshiners

    Not to bust them, but to drink with them

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Terroir Acknowledges Flub on Food, Promises Grub at Summer of Riesling Concert 2012

    Chantal MartineauRiesling: food-friendly once more​Ask and ye shall receive. As we reported yesterday, the Summer of Riesling Concert 2011 was a lovely, German-wine-soaked Tuesday evening on a boat. The only problem: This celebration of wines with razor-sharp acidity didn't provide food (which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Draft Master Lukas Svoboda On Czech Beer, Good Head, and His Year's Supply of Free Pilsner Urquell

    Lukas Svoboda: call him 'master.'​Upon hearing of the new Czech restaurant Hospoda, and its all-Pilsner Urquell draft-beer program, you may have been puzzled. Isn't a beer hall nowadays supposed to dazzle with the obscurity and sheer choice when it comes to what's on tap? At Hospoda, one beer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Harry's Steak Ready to Welcome Cocktail Geeks from Far and Wide

    Sean Muldoon, international man of mixology.​Back in March, we told you about impending changes at Harry's Café and Steak. Famed Irish mixologist Sean Muldoon, known as the visionary behind the storied Merchant Hotel bar in Belfast, was enlisted to breathe new life into the cocktail program a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    What to Drink at Maison Premiere: The Absinthe Frappe

    Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too. Chantal MartineauGet happy.​​The drink: Absinthe Frappe The bar: Maison Premiere (298 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, 347-335-0446) The price: $12 Ingredients: Pernod 68, sugar, crushed ice, and water ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Barcade's Joe Stickney Talks Craft Beer and the Best Video Games to Play While Drinking

    ​ Could there be a better dude bar than Barcade in Williamsburg? Not only is it filled with vintage video games, it also boasts 25 beers on tap and the official Good Beer Seal for carrying quality American craft beers. If you're not a beer geek, don't worry, the staff here is very nonjudgmenta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Crab Boil, Colorado Pop-Up and Spanish Wines

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Crab Boil Back Forty Tuesday, June 14th, 7 p.m. Peter Hoffman's East Village spot Back Forty will kick off summer by throwing its first Crab Boil of the season. For ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Can Sadat X Make Wine Hip-Hop?

    He's trying with True Wine Connoisseurs, YouTube's most entertaining wine-themed rap show

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Leo Schneemann of Café Kristall On Austrian Wine, Beyond Grüner

    Leo Schneemann​We're betting the first time you ordered the Grüner, you felt pretty cool. The crisp, oftentimes brilliantly acidic wines helped put Austria on the map, but the country has since expanded beyond white wines. Why not try a Blaufränkisch or Zweigelt? Or even a pleasantly mineral ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    New Four Loko and Other 'Alcopops' Excite Kids, Not State Senator

    ​New York State Senator Jeff Klein is still ramping up with campaign against the the new Four Loko, which was stripped of all caffeine after national controversy sparked by sick kids and even death. But he says the new brew is still not safe enough and should only be sold in liquor stores. Now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Make A Razor, A Shiny Knife's Pernod Absinthe Roasted Duck by Daniel Castaño

    Pernod Absinthe Roasted Duck​Ever since the Green Fairy was re-legalized in 2007, absinthe cocktails have started cropping up everywhere. But the spirit is not just for imbibing. Cooking with absinthe can add kick to your food and is sure to drive your tastebuds absolutely mad (with delight). ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Beer: A Genuine Collection of Cans Shows One Man's Love of Suds

    Chronicle BooksA glimpse of 480 different beers​Everyone appreciates a cold brew on a hot day, but it takes a true beer lover to amass a collection of 480 different beer cans. And John Russo is that man. Beer: A Genuine Collection of Cans is a just-published book from Chronicle that showcase ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Make Brasserie's Le Baeckeoffe d'Alsace by Chef Luc Dimnet

    Good pot.​What a tease. Temperatures hit balmy spring levels last week but, alas, it wasn't meant to last. It's still February and the season of hearty one-pot meals continues. Keep the cold at bay with Brasserie's Le Baeckoeoffe d'Alsace, a meaty communal Alsatian dish that pairs wonderfully ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    FishTag's Gianni Cionchi On the Existential World of Wine Pairing

    Gianni Cionchi of FishTag​We recently had a bit of a When Harry Met Sally moment at FishTag. (You may have wanted to have what we were having.) While we were there, we couldn't help but notice the unusual way the menu is laid out, with suggested pairings printed right alongside apps and main c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Bittermens Has Decamped to Red Hook and Is Now Making Burlesque Bitters

    BittermensBurlesque Bitters Will Tease Cocktails​Good news for bitters lovers: Bittermens, a small-batch bitters company based out of Boston has just moved to New York, opening a production facility in Red Hook. "We'd gotten to a point where we were exceeding the space we had. We got our sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    What to Drink at Veritas: The Americano Spritzer

    Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too. Americano Spritzer​​​​The drink: Americano Spritzer The bar: Veritas, 43 East 20th Street, 212-353-3700 The price: $13 The ingredients: Aperol, Punt e Mes, orange bitters, and prosecco, served i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    There's Some Really Old Whiskey Being Served at The Rose Club

    barockschloss/flickrWhiskeys of yore.​It isn't everyday that you get to taste a bourbon as old as your grandfather, but you can do so at The Rose Club at The Plaza throughout February while supplies last. A flight of nine American whiskeys, including several discontinued bottles, such as a Kin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Ask the Critics: Where Can I Get a Spot of Tea?

    Lauren ShockeyA pot of tea for two at Podunk.​Ellen O. Asks: Do you have any suggestions for places to have afternoon tea? I want something fun in Manhattan, but low-key -- not the Plaza Hotel. Dear Ellen: Coffee might be running through the veins of New Yorkers, but there's nothing like a ... More >>

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