• 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

    Four Loko Promises Attorney General It Will No Longer Be Quite So Loco

    Surely each and every one of you remember where you were on the bleak day that insanely caffeinated, insanely alcoholic energy drink Four Loko was banned in New York, back in 2010. Pushed by Senator Chuck Schumer, who called Four Loko a "toxic and dangerous brews," the State Liquor Authority stopped ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Bordeaux, Argentina, and a Wine Riot: April's Best Wine Events

    We've all grown weary of the incessantly cold days of March; thank goodness April brings vinous relief to our lives with three highly anticipated wine tastings. If you've got an appetite for touring the globe through a wine glass, are partial to the left and right banks of Bordeaux, or like to tango ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    The $10 Latte Is NOT the Point: Budin Serves Scandinavian Coffee

    Ask and ye shall receive? As if on cue, my request for a Nordic coffee shop to open in New York was answered a month later when Budin (114 Greenpoint Avenue), pronounced "booth-in" (and Icelandic for shop), opened in mid-February. The owners are a motley trio of artists; two are serious Scandinavia- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Here's Why You Should Be Drinking Sherry

    Meet Alex Alan, the city's newly crowned Prince of Sherry. Last fall, New York's original queen of flor Carla Rzeszewski abandoned our dear city and vacated her post as sherry ambassador. But Alex Alan, the wine director at Williamsburg bar Hotel Delmano (82 Berry Street, Brooklyn, 718-387-1945) an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Raines Law Room Head Bartender Meaghan Dorman Loves Drinking Her Dessert

    In this interview, Raines Law Room (48 West 17th Street) head bartender Meaghan Dorman chats about her fondness for rich flavor profiles, Champagne cocktails, and Campari.

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Coffee Fest NYC Plies Attendees with Classes and Caffeine

    Over the weekend, New York once again hosted the annual Coffee Fest trade show. Held annually in three of the key coffee cities of the US: Seattle, Chicago (as opposed to San Francisco?), and New York, it is one of the largest coffee trade exhibitions in the world, providing café retailers the oppo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    EMP and NoMad Beverage Director Leo Robitschek Wants You to Drink More Aperitif Wine

    In this interview, Eleven Madison Park and NoMad beverage director Leo Robitschek discusses what the term "classic cocktail" means to him, the shots he serves patrons if given the choice, and the spirit we should all be drinking right this second.

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Midtown East Coffee Nightmare Finally Over: Where to Get a Good Brew

    Sitting in an office chair all day is bad for your health. That's why the coffee break is a necessary, potentially life-extending, recess in one's workday -- that, and the chance to procrastinate on that Powerpoint presentation a little longer. Last winter, if you wanted to break for java in Midtow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Taproom 307 Celebrates Women in Beer

    Beer Week is rolling into New York City and as part of the celebration, Taproom 307 (307 Third Avenue, 212-725-4766) will host a Women in Beer Night on Monday, February 24. The evening will be an opportunity for female beer lovers to network and taste over 40 beers, all brewed or sold by women. Hayl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Great NYC Coffeeshops and an Explanation of Pricing From Coffee Champ Erin McCarthy

    This is part two of a two-part interview with NYC's own Erin McCarthy, the 2013 World Brewers Cup Champion. Part one, which was posted a few weeks ago, covered his experiences, personal preferences, and thoughts on coffee's third wave. This week, the focus is on the future of coffee, and we conclude ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Winemakers of New York: Peter Bell of Fox Run

    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

    January 31, 2014

    Where to Eat Brunch This Weekend

    Looking to start off February with a bountiful brunch? Check out our line-up of this week's best spots -- including a DIY bloody mary bar.

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    The 2013 World Brewers Cup (of Coffee) Champion Lives in NYC

    With the Olympics fast approaching, it seemed appropriate to profile NYC's very own celebrity titleholder of sorts: the 2013 World Brewers Cup Champion -- as in brewed coffee -- Erin McCarthy lives amongst us. McCarthy is on Counter Culture's wholesale technical support staff. Our conversation began ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Bar Bordeaux Opens in Carlton Hotel

    New York City was founded in 1624. While the Dutch were busy trapping furs and trading beads with Native Americas in the New World, the Old World Dutch had just finished draining the marshlands of the Médoc in Bordeaux to plant the world's most legendary and expensive grapevines -- and by the 1650s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Where to Learn to Wine Like a Pro

    Have you ever looked at a sommelier and thought "I could do that job!"? Then you are in the right city. New York has an array of educational options in the field of wine, from broad overviews -- how a grape is turned into alcohol, why the flavor suggests blueberry (hint: no blueberries were involved ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Box Kite Café Now Serving Craft Coffee, Wine, and Beer

    New Year's Eve marked the start of a promising 2014 for Cora Lambert and Erik Becker -- their long-awaited, permanent East Village café called Box Kite (115 St. Marks Place) finally opened to the revelries of the night. Their new space replaces the coffee bar pop-up adjacent to Maslow 6 in Tribeca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    Why 2014 Will Be Your Best Wine Year Yet

    With the close of the calendar comes contemplation: what have I learned from the wine world in 2013 and what do I expect (or hope) to see in 2014? A few observations: the rise of a new breed of "somm", the demise of the wine score, the discovery of a Jedi Wine Master, and the impending Best Wine Yea ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 25, 2013
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    December 24, 2013

    Holiday Sparklers for Under $20

    As festive as shopping and wrapping gifts can be (if battling crowds in search of the perfect gift to present neatly in a beautiful, Martha Stewart-approved package complete with red ribbon can be considered fun), the joy of the season quickly evaporates when the credit card bill comes in January -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Hack the Bar: What to Order When the Boozy Pickings Are Slim

    If you're not already hunkered down in your hometown for a lot of festive family time, you're likely steeling yourself for the massive transit clusterfuck that awaits. Our advice if you're in the latter boat: Drink, but no so much that you can't navigate the eighth circle of hell that is Penn Statio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Nelson Mandela's Legacy Left for a Nation and Her Wine Industry

    Throughout the week, South Africans will gather to grieve en masse the loss of Nelson Mandela. A courageous statesman, Mandela began his political life as a young Soweto lawyer steering the resistance against apartheid, only to be imprisoned for twenty-seven years for his labors, later emerging to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    10 Gifts for Wine Lovers (Yourself Included)

    Fork in the Road is publishing a series of local gift guides this year -- one from each regular contributor. This one comes from our Unscrewed columnist Lauren Mowery. We all know that while you're out hunting for the perfect present, you may end up inspired by your market research, and so you buy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Little Collins Brings Melbourne and Machinery to NYC Coffee Scene

    New York has become a prime place for outstanding coffee. Roasters and coffee bars that originated in other states have done much to develop the specialty coffee market here, but we are also witnessing an influx of concepts from a more mature and possibly superior coffee city -- Melbourne, Australia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    What to Drink on Thanksgiving? Let's Ask the Sommeliers

    More than any other holiday, Thanksgiving receives the brunt of wine pairing coverage: Articles flood the internet filled with musings, deliberations, ruminations, and annoying pontifications over what the heck to drink at the hallowed turkey table. Frankly, if you opt to have a breadth of varieti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    The Standard East Village's Ashley Santoro: "People Want to Talk About Wine at the Table"

    Some of the best sommeliers in NYC are female, and these ladies not only know their wine, they effusively share their knowledge with customers and friends without any of the pretension often (rightly or wrongly) associated with that, ahem, other species of somm. Although the Standard East Village' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    What's Happening This Week: Dine at Aldea, Free Fireball & Cider, Beaujolais Nouveau, and Chilean Wine Pairings

    Just one more full work week until the holiday, so go enjoy yourself before you're stuck spending all your time stressing out about the turkey. Your week in food:

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    A Vineyard Crawl in the North Fork

    Take advantage of the post-Halloween, pre-Thanksgiving lull in "pumpkin traffic" (how Long Island locals refer to day-trippers who jam up roads by the u-pick patches), and spend a day in the vineyards of the North Fork. The Fork starts just past Riverhead, and depending on traffic, entails an hour-a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Roni-Sue's Chocolates Opens up a Bigger Shop (Q & A)

    Just a few weeks ago, beloved Lower East Side chocolatier Roni-Sue's (148 Forsyth Street, 212-677-1216) ventured beyond its Essex Street Market stomping grounds and into a stand-alone retail location on Forsyth Street. In addition to soon-to-launch classes, the sibling space is offering coffee, hot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Giuseppe Gonzalez Talks '70s NYC, the Meaning of Bartending, and the Golden Cadillac, Now Open in the East Village

    At this juncture in New York City's cocktail revival, it's difficult to imagine that the establishments that sprung up in the last 10 years have missed covering any part of the cocktail canon. Not only are there bars dedicated to tequila, whiskey, gin, bitters, and chartreuse, just about every era o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    NYC Craft Beer Winter Harvest Festival Returns

    Once upon time, New York was a major beer producer. Prohibition, though, in addition to wiping out fun, destroyed the Empire State's role as a leader among beer regions. Now, our great city appears to be angling for a comeback. Along with breweries in every borough and some great brewpubs, we have b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    The Benefits of Coffee Cupping and Where to Do It in NYC

    Thanks to the proliferation of specialty coffee shops in New York over the past 10 years -- particularly transplants like Gimme! Coffee, Blue Bottle, Stumptown, Toby's Estate, and Counter Culture -- what was once a relatively quick, less-than-$3 transaction has become increasingly complex (and delic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Wise Mixers from Owl's Brew

    Two years ago, Maria Littlefield and Jennie Ripps left their jobs in marketing to start a company, and they began with a vision of making tea cocktails. The duo began a tea cocktail lab a floor above their marketing firm to get their idea got off the ground, and eventually, an idea for a tea cocktai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    A Crash Course in Tea -- and Where to Drink the Good Stuff in NYC

    Perhaps you've noticed the slow but steady proliferation of tea shops and bars throughout NYC? If you haven't, you will now: The spread of the tea movement (not to be confused with the floundering Tea Party movement), the second most consumed beverage in the world after water, is currently in its St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Verve Coffee Roasters Pops Up in Williamsburg

    Ryan O'Donovan and Colby Barr, the owners of Verve Coffee Roasters, met in college at Chico State. They both played vintage keyboards, often in the same bands (but never at the same time). You'd think that would be enough to bond over, but Barr says it was coffee that brought them together. O'Don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    A Look at New York's 2013 Great American Beer Festival Winners

    Fifty thousand people descended on Denver, Colorado for the 2013 Great American Beer Festival, a massive showcase of everything happening in brewing in this country that took place October 10-12. The event also pits beers against each other in competition, and this year, 4,000 beers from big and sma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    New Zealand State of Wine with Erin Scala of The Musket Room

    Erin Scala, originally from the state for lovers (Virginia), is currently having a love affair with New Zealand, especially the wines. She's a female force on the NYC sommelier scene and has run the wine show at The Musket Room (265 Elizabeth Street, 212-219-0764), New York's first restaurant showca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Three Brothers, a Pale Ale, and a Brewery: City Island Beer Company

    The craft brewer's life is a busy one, especially during October when the all-important Oktoberfest beckons from Germany. The tradition has endured for more than two hundred years, drawing in more than six million people annually, and making it the world's largest beer festival. While imitations hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Oktoberfest Events and Living Colour Party: What To Do This Weekend

    Pumpkin Ale. Pumpkin Spiced Latte. Pumpkin Pie. Whatever your fall vice may be, pumpkins don't have to be all of them. In fact, if you haven't had a chance to strap on some lederhosen, this weekend is a good time to catch some last minute Oktoberfest fever. Here's a look at a few ways to ring in Oct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Brooklyn Pour Is Two Weeks Away--More Breweries and Food Announced

    We're less than two weeks out from the Brooklyn Pour craft beer festival, which descends on Skylight One Hanson (1 Hanson Place, 718-783-5437) in Fort Greene October 12. Our VIP tickets are sold out--but there are a few more general admission slots available, and today brings more info that should t ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 18, 2013


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    September 17, 2013

    Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster to DJ Village Voice's Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival

    Well this is sure shaping up nicely: Our annual Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival, wherein 100 (!) breweries offer beer thirsty patrons an unlimited taste of their product, has just added some megawatt DJ talent. Marissa Paternoster of the bands Noun and Screaming Females (who we gushed about in our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Paulaner Brauhaus & Restaurant NYC Brings Deutschland to the Bowery

    There is a new microbrewery opening at 265 Bowery, but don't expect to find scrappy, Warby Parker-wearing brewmasters hanging by the tap. This brewery makes real German bier, and it comes by way of an international brand: Paulaner Brauhaus & Restaurant NYC may be the first Paulaner International bra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Pearl & Ash's Patrick Cappiello: "I'm Just a Dude Pulling Corks Out of Wine Bottles, Not a Dictator"

    This week, Fork in the Road featured a two-part interview with chef Richard Kuo of Pearl & Ash, who specified the importance of his partners, Brandon McRill and Patrick Cappiello, a number of times. That's because food is only part of the equation at this downtown dining destination, and while McRil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    A Mixology History Lesson with Brian Van Flandern

    Michelin three-star mixologist Brian Van Flandern was on the forefront of the cocktail revolution, and he made his name on his innovative cocktails that incorporate fresh and experimental ingredients. He's crafted drinks under a number of revered chefs--including Thomas Keller, Mario Batali, and Mic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Where You Can Find Rare Japanese Craft Beer in NYC

    Expressing exactly how much the Japanese love beer is not easy, even if their reputation for drinking the stuff is not as established as the Belgians with their beer monks and centuries of brewing history, the Germans with their claim on the world's oldest brewery and Oktoberfest, or the Americans w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Cull & Pistol's Julia Travis: "Champagne and French Fries Are Equal Parts Absurd and Perfect Together"

    Some of the best sommeliers in NYC are female, and these ladies not only know their wine, they effusively share their knowledge with customers and friends without any of the pretension often (rightly or wrongly) associated with that, ahem, other species of somm. I caught up with six of these women t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    Talde's John Bush Talks Barrel-Aged Manhattans and Tequila Bloody Marys

    That John Bush's name is stamped on cocktail menus around the city--his credits include Vig Bar and Mario Batali's Otto--is a testament to the time he's put in behind the bar here: After bar-backing and photographing bands all over the globe, Bush landed in this scene 20 years ago, and he spent 12 o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Riesling Went Low-Brow on Last Night's Summer of Riesling Wine Cruise

    Water cost a dollar on last night's Summer of Riesling Wine Cruise, but the wine was free, and 300 lovers of the German varietal embarked on a three-hour voyage around New York Harbor to imbibe, part of a summer-long initiative to promote Riesling, engage new drinkers, and dispel any misconceptions ... More >>

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