In this interview, PDT's (113 St. Marks Place, 212-614-0386) Jim Meehan reveals his stance on trends, why he wants you to order from the menu, and where he plans on drinking next.
Before The Noble Experiment NYC founder Bridget Firtle was measuring the chemical compositions of water suitable for distilling, she was analyzing stocks at a hedge fund as a global alcoholic beverage analyst. "I learned a lot about the market and brand development and watched what was starting to h ... More >>
One tucked away cocktail den wasn't enough for the folks at Mulberry Project (149 Mulberry Street, 646-448-4536). So last week they debuted Project 1919 -- a back patio turned prohibition-themed pop-up, a speakeasy within a speakeasy, or the Russian nesting dolls set of bars, if you will.
If you're experiencing a weekend without brunch, it probably means you got left off the invite list. If that's the case, be proactive by making new friends at one of these four lively brunch spots.
A few new wine and cocktail books have hit the market, just in time for holiday gift giving--or, you know, serving as the gift you buy yourself when shopping for others. But unless you're a sommelier student or burgeoning professional in the biz, you'll find that these seemingly spirited topics ofte ... More >>
Free mixology classes with people like Franky Marshall from The Dead Rabbit, Jane Elkins of Grace, Dale DeGroff of King Cocktail, and the mixology godfather Jim Meehan from PDT? We know, it sounds too good to be true. But thanks to Whiskey & Wine Off 69 (1321 Second Avenue, 212-585-0005), this aweso ... More >>
Sticking around the city this weekend? Join other folks who decided to opt out of pumpkin picking and check out one of this weekend's brunch offers. Whether you're into cheap deals, great views, or endless drinks, carve out your own favorite brunch place from a selection of this weekend's top haunts ... More >>
When the Museum of Sex (233 Fifth Avenue, 212-689-6337) began toying with the idea of implementing some sort of food and beverage program, Emilie Baltz, the museum's brand director, spent a lot of time thinking about exactly what that would look like--and then a couple of years experimenting with so ... More >>
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Tomorrow is National Rum Day, a holiday at least as important as Arbor Day, and we are here to help you celebrate. But first, a quick history lesson.
One big draw at Bijan's brunch in Brooklyn's Boerum Hill is its list of medicinal cocktails, many of which are infused with healthful components to counteract the booze. Each of them pairs well with a menu of Persian-inspired fare that breaks the typical brunch-time mold. And best of all? One of tho ... More >>
Gregory Fellows began working with chef Anita Lo at her Greenwich Village restaurant Annisa seven years ago, and he fell so in love with the experience that he gave up his plans to follow a career in political science to stay on board. He never looked back. He's been serving at the spot ever since, ... More >>
With substantial space carved out for drinkers, newly opened ABC Cocina's bar is likely to get as much play as its dining room, and sure enough, when we stopped by last week for an early taste, the cavernous area was packed to capacity with imbibers sipping fresh, bright cocktails and pitchers of sa ... More >>
Eamon Rockey is a patient man. As co-owner and general manager of Aska, Williamsburg's new multi-course Scandinavian restaurant, he also helms the laborious cocktail program -- Rockey often spends months refining house-made tinctures and mixes before serving a finished drink to diners. But he also k ... More >>
Located near Union Square, Tortaria is a Mexican eatery and bar that serves up one of the best margaritas in the city. Responsible for this amazing concoction is head bartender Diego Mejia, who is originally from Mexico and has been behind bars since he was teenager. We caught up with Mejia during l ... More >>
After trying Bittermens gentian liqueur in The Shanty's Sauvetage cocktail, we decided to check out Bittermens Spirits, a Brooklyn-based company that specializes in bitter and herbal liqueurs. We found that its products have been embraced by some of the city's top bars like PDT, Amor y Amargo, and D ... More >>
The refreshing-looking ginger margarita‚ÄčToday is National Margarita Day, a great holiday of dubious origin that allows us to drink a lot on a Wednesday without feeling guilty. In honor of the holiday, Spice Market is having a half-off special on pitchers of its signature ginger margarita, making t ... More >>
jurvetson/flickrNo flies in soups, but bugs in drinks.When we first heard that the kooky Il Matto was changing its name and concept after just 10 months in operation and pretty decent reviews, it sounded like the aim was to go bland. The owners told Diner's Journal they wanted to make the pla ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. La Taqueria in Park Slope has closed completely after downsizing from sit-down restaurant to takeout joint in October. [Eater] East Village vegan caf√© the Little Bird appears to be closed and ... More >>
One of the country's top cocktail writers, Jason Wilson, rounded up the most significant drinking trends of 2010: pisco, mezcal, tequila as the new vodka, and beer cocktails. Also, white whiskey, Benedictine, American microdistilleries, and Italian aperitivi. [Washington Post] And the top w ... More >>
Matthew MacCartneyMatthew MacCartney is one of a growing list of sommeliers currently dabbling in cocktails. As the head wine guy at Colicchio & Sons and its bar, the Tap Room, he also designed the list of mixed drinks. Now, guess which one he finds more fun? (The answer might surprise you.) ... More >>
zavracky.comJake ZavrackyJake Zavracky is living the dream: tending bar by day and making music by night. Or is it the other way around? In any case, when he's behind the bar at Lowlands, the beer garden that opened in Gowanus earlier this year, he aims to please. What's on tap that's season ... More >>
Left: A gin martini with a vermouth-soaked stone; Right: A melon-flavored vodka cocktail with prosciutto rimIl Matto, a nominally Italian restaurant from chef/owner Matteo Boglione, recently opened on Church Street in Tribeca. True to its name, which means "mad man," everything about the rest ... More >>
Daniel KriegerLouis Smeby: a bitter guy.Louis Smeby had always been a bit of a DIY guy. When he started experimenting with making his own bitters, the results quickly proved good enough to sell. His A.B. Smeby Bittering Company specializes in handcrafted, small-batch bitters sourced from loca ... More >>
Who does booze best?The boozefest-slash-cocktailing convention that is Tales of the Cocktail will take place July 21-25 in New Orleans. Each year, a mini awards ceremony names the best bars and bartenders in the country and beyond. This year, the nominees are...
Frank CisnerosPrime Meats just earned itself a pretty enviable review. But the kitchen staff aren't the only ones psyched about it. Benefits are being reaped behind the bar, too, according to bartender Frank Cisneros. After all, he says, a restaurant is a team effort. Tell me about pairing f ... More >>
Bourbon-glazed wingsOther than the wagon wheel hanging from the ceiling, a cow skull grinning from one wall, and a few other thematic touches, it's hard to see what's so country, or cowboy, or honky tonk about Branded Saloon, the new bar and snack spot on Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights.
Michael Neff will make you a Wonder Woman cocktail.Ward III opened in Tribeca nearly one year ago. In fact, it's preparing to celebrate its first anniversary at the end of June. The three owners, Michael J. Neff, Kenneth McCoy, and Abdul Tabini, can almost always be found at the bar in some c ... More >>
drinkingtheworld.comLet Brandy Library's Ethan Kelley school you.Thousands of brown liquor-loving booze hounds will congregate at Pier 60 in Chelsea Piers today for Whisky Live, a trade show featuring dozens of exhibitors and a heckuva lot of stiff drinks. Brandy Library is celebrating the ev ... More >>
Selena Ricks Just northwest of Central Park, behind an unmarked storefront with purple velvet curtains, sits one of the most surprising success stories from an otherwise rocky year for New York's hospitality industry. 67 Orange Street, located at 2082 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, celebrate ... More >>
It's ok, you can admit it: Scotch can be scary. Luckily, Brian McGrory of the recently opened Highlands in the West Village has some practical tips for easing you into the malted spirit. And, if you haven't met the charming Scotsman or been to his cozy establishment, be assured that there are ... More >>
Sonya Moore/nrnstandardsandpoursMaxwell Britten, a bartender at Freemans, who was named a Rising Star in mixology by StarChefs earlier this year, has plans to launch an invite-only pop-up supper club, to be held monthly at secret locations throughout the city. The Tucson native and his brothe ... More >>
The long-awaited New York debut of Govind Armstrong has arrived in the form of Table 8 at The Cooper Square Hotel. The California chef will focus on local, seasonal products, and feature in-house cured meats, rare salts and custom-blended teas. Entwine has opened with its small bar that seats se ... More >>
Photo by Esparta @ FlickrCelebrate the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla with these Cinco de Mayo fiestas: Elizabeth in Nolita is hosting a Garden Party tonight from 5-7 pm featuring 50-cent shots of Tanteo tequila, 50-cent pulled pork, roasted chicken, grilled steak and veggie tacos, 50-cent ... More >>
Outside Mayahuel--named for the Aztec goddess of agave--on a Friday night We stopped by Mayahuel, Phil Ward's new tequila-and-mezcal-focused cocktail bar on Friday night. It was only about 8pm, and not too busy, so we were able to snag a table upstairs. Downstairs, the low-ceilinged space is very ... More >>
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$30 worth of booze: Make it stopWhen will the $15 drink die? Last night we stopped by to (belatedly) check out Apotheke (9 Doyers Street), the apothecary-themed cocktail bar/faux opium den-speakeasy. It opened in September but seems like a relic from that moment about three years ago wh ... More >>
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