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Beverages

  • 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

    Rouge Tomate's Pascaline Lepeltier: "The More I Learned About Hospitality ... The More I Realized That What I Really Loved Was Wine"

    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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    Some Like It Hot Dinner, Riesling Cruise, National Tequila Day: This Weeks Events

    Now that you've swapped weekend warrior stories, it's time to start thinking about how to get through the next Monday through Friday. You could catch up on (or get started with) all those TV shows you've been hearing about, but who wants to risk cabin fever in the heat? Get out of the house with one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Momofuku's Jordan Salcito: "The Key to Selling Any Kind of Wine is Conviction and Enthusiasm"

    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 11, 2013

    Third Rail Coffee Opens on Stuyvesant Street

    When Humberto Ricardo moved to an apartment in the East Village in the early nineties, Stuyvesant Street mesmerized him. The diagonal offshoot between Second and Third Avenues has a classic feel to it, enough so that television shows like Boardwalk Empire film there to achieve that old New York look ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Women in Wine: Molly Rydzel, Head Sommelier at Public Restaurant

    Some of the best sommeliers in NYC right now 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 the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Cool Wine Aperitifs for Hot Summer Days

    I have never been interested in wine-based concoctions. Maybe it's the purist in me, but wine has natural balance, structure, and flavor--it's the complete package--so why tinker with it? I am also lazy, and find making cocktails messy and tedious. However, I rediscovered two old friends that, thoug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Why You Should See Craft Cocktail Documentary Hey Bartender, Now in Wide Release

    By weaving together the stories behind New York City cocktail lair Employees Only and Westport, Connecticut, corner bar Dunvilles, director Douglas Tirola takes on the changing world of bartending and the rise of craft mixology in his recently released documentary Hey Bartender. And while the film f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Why SAVOR Is a Must-Do Event for Both Beer Geeks and Beer Novices

    This weekend, beer enthusiasts will descend upon the Altman Building for SAVOR, a craft beer and food pairing event traditionally held in Washington, D.C., that's coming to New York City just this once. "It's been a really neat adventure for us to jump to New York for this year," says Julia Herz, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Amor y Amargo's Sother Teague Explains Bitters and Divulges a Recipe

    There is no out-talking, outsmarting, or out-mixologizing Sother Teague. Ask a question about bitters, and Teague has not just an answer but a tome, an in-depth dialogue of distillation, history, and flavor. That he's writing a book is a confusing notion; this man should be on TV with a captivated a ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 5, 2013
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    June 5, 2013

    Maison Premiere's Lisa Giffen Shares a Wine Secret: Drink Savoie

    Food and wine are natural companions, so I'm polling some of New York's most illustrious chefs to find out what kind of wine they are drinking off and on the job. After establishing they actually drink wine (a surprising number prefer beer!), I'm asking a few questions to find out who's got a pencha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Who Deserves Starbucks Tips?

    If you appreciate the people who make your lattes, the lifecycle of the dollar you tip your Starbucks barista looks something like this: It goes from the locked tip box to a safe, from a safe to the bank at the end of the week, and from the bank to the baristas and shift supervisors. But not every ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 29, 2013
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    May 23, 2013

    Harold Dieterle on What Wine to Drink With Spicy Food

    Food and wine are natural companions, so I'm polling some of New York's most illustrious chefs to find out what kind of wine they are drinking off and on the job. After establishing they actually drink wine (a surprising number prefer beer!), I'm asking a few questions to find out who's got a pencha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Num Pang Chef Ben Daitz on Easy Drinking and What Pairs Well With Venison

    Food and wine are natural companions, so I'm polling some of New York's most illustrious chefs to find out what kind of wine they are drinking off and on the job. After establishing they actually drink wine (a surprising number prefer beer!), I'm asking a few questions to find out who's got a pencha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Chef Frank Prisinzano Talks Oddball Italian Varietals, Terroir, and Perfect Pairings

    Food and wine are natural companions, so I'm polling some of New York's most illustrious chefs to find out what kind of wine they are drinking off and on the job. After establishing they actually drink wine (a surprising number prefer beer!), I'm asking a few questions to find out who's got a pencha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Seasonal, Edi & the Wolf and Third Man Chef Wolfgang Ban Chats Wine

    Food and wine are natural companions, so I'm polling some of New York's most illustrious chefs to find out what kind of wine they are drinking off and on the job. After establishing they actually drink wine (a surprising number prefer beer!), I'm asking a few questions to find out who's got a pencha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Aussie Wine Got Good! Here's Where to Drink it in New York

    If your last memory of Australian wine was an overripe Shiraz, erase it! The new breed of Aussie wine is leaner, more structured, and food-friendlier than before, and heading to New York thanks to a wave of young, dynamic winemakers and importers. Gordon Little and his fiancee Lauren Peacock of Lit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Meet Carla Rzeszewski, New York's Queen of Sherry

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Empire State of Wine: 10 Great Bottles from the Finger Lakes and Niagara Escarpment

    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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 27, 2013

    STRANGE BREW

    Sample spring's best beers

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    The 10 Best Wine Stores in Manhattan

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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?"

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

  • Blogs

    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 >>

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