Few cocktails have the power to form a circle and an engaged -- if outlandish --conversation like punch. Straightforward, boozy, and crowd-pleasing by nature, it is no wonder these table setting tipples are making a big, large-format comeback. With Thanksgiving and out-of-town visitors on the horizo ... More >>
Charles Dickens had a taste for punch. Documented in letters he wrote, Dickens shared his appreciation for the labor intensive cocktail as well as the recipe, which combined lemon, lump sugar, "good old rum," brandy, water, and fire (yes, fire). Historians have since discerned that Dickens was indee ... More >>
Ahoy! It's National Rum Day and also Friday, both of which are good reasons to head to a bar in the name of celebration. Yesterday, Eve Turow chatted with The Beach's William Ward about rum's history and place on today's bar. You might check out his establishment, where you can lounge in a cabana wh ... More >>
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 >>
Despite more good guesses coming in, no one has hit the nail on the head with this one. I'm not at Mayahuel, Pulqueria, Esperanto, Cienfuegos, Prima, Desnuda, Malparido, Nai Tapas, Nuela, or the Beagle. So, here's a final clue that should definitely help you on your way to winning a cookbook.
Lauren BloombergNo swizzle stick necessary. Jane Danger, the owner of Jane's Sweet Buns, is not one of those women who grew up at the hem of her grandmother's apron begging for a chance to get her hands on the dough. Her experience is behind the bar (her last gig was at Cienfuegos, and her ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Southernish restaurant South Houston on West Broadway near Grand Street has closed after little more than a year in business. [Eater] Pick-a-Pita has served its last its french fry-stuffed shw ... More >>
Fulfill your need for speed!Hate to wait for your cocktail? This Sunday at the Astor Center, the drinks will be flowing at top speed. Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix of the New York chapter of LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) will host Speed Rack, a speed barten ... More >>
EV GrieveAlthough EV Grieve is first and foremost a neighborhood blog dedicated to covering "things that you may or may not be interested in about the East Village and other parts of New York City," we turn to it on a daily basis for restaurant and bar news. In addition to chronicling the c ... More >>
The space that formerly house the troubled E.U., then the short-lived Tonda on East 4th Street, will house an Italian restaurant with a focus on wine and beer.
EV GrieveOpening Tonight!When Janet and Avery Glasser set up shop in New York earlier this winter, their new Burlesque Bitters weren't the only thing they were bringing with them. They, with their friends at DeRossi Global (the crew behind Cienfuegos, Mayahuel, Death & Company, and many more ... More >>
Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too. Fuego de Pasion: hot, hot, hot!The drink: Fuego de Pasion The bar: Cienfuegos, 95 Avenue A, East Village, 212-614-6818 The price: $38 for two people The ingredients: Banks 5-Island Rum, C ... More >>
Once again, we have made it to Friday afternoon. And so it is time to look back at the week that preceded it. Our 10 Best Restaurants for a Break-Up. The Early Word on Yuba. On Valentine's Day, drink Cienfuegos' Fuego de Pasion.
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. The Elephant, the French-Thai eatery on East First Street, has closed its doors for good after many months of uncertainty. [EV Grieve] Following the loss of its young chef, David Bouhadana, Su ... More >>
hiphostess.blogspot.comBetter than a gin and tonic any day.Brighid L. asks: Now that it's cold, my go-to gin and tonic just doesn't hit the spot. Any suggestions for a winter drink? Dear Brighid: Drinking a gin and tonic shares many similarities with wearing white after Labor Day. Unless y ... More >>
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Sloshing and noshing Cuban-style
Why do some people upstate consider the Bronx's Gladys Carrión their own 'Satan' incarnate? Maybe it has something to do with all the juvenile detention facilities city kids get sent to up there. Or got sent to. Because -- as the commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services -- Car ... More >>
This week in The Voice, Robert Sietsema finds the food looks amazing, but tastes terrible at Plein Sud. Sarah DiGregorio reports hits and misses at Cienfuegos, but gives a nod to the champagne punch. Sam Sifton approves of Tamarind Tribeca, which: "might rate a pleasant shrug [in Indian cuisine-hap ... More >>
New York's new gin palace will be fancier than this oneRavi DeRossi, co-owner of an East Village mini-empire that includes Desnuda, Mayahuel, Cienfuegos, and Death and Co, is opening a new spot called Gin Palace, a spin on the original Victorian dive bars.
At Cienfuegos, the new rum emporia in the East Village, the food is somewhat less impressive than the cocktails and the atmosphere. What a room! It's a turquoise-and-pink fantasia of Sinatra-era Havana crossed with Alice in Wonderland. The servers are dressed up in colorful aprons like 50s ho ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema takes to Sheepshead Bay to visit Halikarnas and Marmaris, two competing Turkish seafood spots; while Sarah DiGregorio heads up to Harlem to see just how Twitter-happy chef Ryan Skeen is holding up at 5 & Diamond. Sam Sifton approves of Takashi: "a modest and ... More >>
Sarah DiGregorioCarteles' fried El Cubano sandwich.From the street, you'd never guess what's in store for Carteles, that sliver of a sandwich shop on East 6th Street that had the neighborhood swooning over its classic Cuban sandwiches when it opened earlier this year. But soon a staircase at ... More >>