Anyone who builds a career around a craft can likely recall the exact moment when basic encounters turned into hopeless appreciation, and for Donna (27 Broadway, Brooklyn; 646-568-6622) bartender Jeremy Oertel, it was a properly made Manhattan. "It was eye-opening," he remembers. "I hadn't realized ... More >>
Sick of your usual call drink? Try something new. In this series, we're asking the city's bartenders to name their current drinks of choice. Check out our Good Call archives for another round. Today's call comes by way of David Giuliano of The Clam (420 Hudson Street; 212-242-7420).
Sick of your usual call drink? Try something new. In this series, we're asking the city's bartenders to name their current drinks of choice. Check out our Good Call archives for another round. Today's call comes by way of Zack Bezunartea of Boqueria (171 Spring Street, 212-343-4255).
It didn't take much for The New York Times spirits writer Robert Simonson to fall in love with the sazerac -- all he needed was a first visit to New Orleans in 2006. It took a little bit longer for him to embrace the old-fashioned. "The old-fashioned used to show up as whiskey with some cheap ice in ... More >>
Break out the festive hats, it's about time to bet on some horses and hit a fiesta. And a slew of venues all over the city are ready to accommodate your antics, whether you're planning on donning a sombrero or a floppy bonnet, whether you'll be drinking margaritas or mint juleps. Here are the 10 be ... More >>
In this interview, Flatiron Lounge (37 West 19th Street, 212-727-7741) and Clover Club (210 Smith Street, Brooklyn, 718-855-7939) owner Julie Reiner reveals her go-to cocktail, predicts what we'll be drinking next, and weighs in on the bartender/mixologist debate.
When Lesley Townsend Duval launched the Manhattan Cocktail Classic five years ago, "cocktails were a trend," she says. "You could count on two hands the number of cocktail bars in New York City." But coming off a stint with Astor Wine & Spirits, during which she helped launch Astor Center, she belie ... More >>
Need a relief from a stressful week at work? Take advantage of a mimosa or seven at one of these brunch spots.
In case you live in a windowless box and haven't noticed, it's freezing cold and snowing outside -- so spending the weekend downing biscuits and gravy seems like a really strong plan right now. As does a batch mimosas. Or many batches of mimosas.
The first day of a new year brings with it hope, resolutions, and, depending on the previous night's festivities, a well-seasoned hangover. While sleep and caffeine are sound weapons of choice, there's perhaps no better fix than the hair of the dog, and perhaps no better combating cocktail than the ... More >>
Just got word the in-laws are coming into town early? Here's a look the best post-hangover options you'll want to explore if you're taking the news a little hard on a Friday night.
Need a cheap drink? If you're facing the pain of tying up a few loose ends before the holidays, take a break and tie one on during one of these cheap happy hours:
The Butterfly made its brunch debut on Saturday, and given its location in a neighborhood famous for a near-lethal combination of stroller-pushing brunchers and mediocre daytime options, our first inclination was that we might need to steel ourselves for an insane crowd.
I was running late for a meeting. "On my way!" I texted. "Should I sent u an white horse to welcome u"? I didn't quite know the sender well enough to know how seriously to take the request. There are, after all, white horses in Central Park, which is where I was headed. "Please!" I replied as I l ... More >>
The bar at the Lexington New York City in Midtown East hasn't exactly been known for its cocktails. "It had this almost sports bar vibe," says Yusef Austin, who calls himself a cocktail architect and consults on mixology programs around the world. "It needed a lot of help." Help came in the form of ... More >>
A couple of days ago, Zachary Feldman penned a list of drink orders that tell everyone you're an asshole. Some examples? Tipples like craft beer or spirits in the wrong kind of bar and novelty shots (except for Jell-O). But a few readers thought he left some of the most asshole-y drinks off.
If you don't live nearby, getting to Esperanto in Alphabet City is a bit of a mission: There are 10 blocks between the restaurant and either of the closest subway stops. But the reward for the journey comes in the form of delicious plates of Brazilian-leaning Latin cuisine and a whole lot of booze.
Just two days and change until another summer weekend, so it's time to celebrate with a cheap drink. Here are three spots where you can accomplish just that.
In 2008 you couldn't turn on the TV and not hear a song off Santigold's self-titled debut blasting over commercials for Bud Lite Lime or Kohls or Honda Civic. The album was everywhere; Santi took a page from Moby's Play-book and licensed it to all takers. Point is, she's not exactly shy about cozyin ... More >>
Unless you're a teacher, your work week hasn't ended just yet. Not a problem, since happy hour is designed to give you a daily vacation. Here's a look at some of our favorite drink deals around town to get you through Hump Day.
Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman will now be slinging meatballs around Chelsea at the Meatball Shop's newest outpost. The spot on Ninth Avenue has 60 seats, a new cocktail list (including jello shots), and "Underballs," a first-come first-serve bar in the basement, which serves the full menu and i ... More >>
Ben Scorah is the bartender you want to introduce to your parents. The affable Brit (London-born, New York-based) helms the bar at Bill's Food and Drink, the revamped Midtown restaurant that previously held Bill's Gay Nineties. Scorah has such an appreciation for the history of the venue, and he w ... More >>
Monday, September 10 Free Cocktails. From 5 pm to 7 pm head over to Carmine's bar on the Upper West Side for complimentary samples of Absolut Harvest Punch, a autumn cocktail made with Absolut Orient Apple Vodka, Canton ginger liqueur, cranberry and lemon, and the herbaceous Plymouth Gin Rosemary Re ... More >>
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 >>
Haven't had enough margaritas for one week? Head to Mercadito Grove (100 Seventh Avenue, at Grove Street, 212-647-0830), where you can get a traditional margarita for $5, a margarita with fresh fruit for $6, and red or white sangria for $5. Cut your tequila with the restaurant's signature guacam ... More >>
Joshua Van Horn is the main man behind the new cocktail menu at the Greenpoint neighborhood spot, Five Leaves. The restaurant is usually pretty hopping around brunch time, most likely because of its impressive daytime cocktail selection, so we asked Van Horn what makes his drink list so special, and ... More >>
At Alfama, diners can feast upon traditional Portuguese favorites with modern twists. The eatery (214 East 52nd Street) -- previously in the West Village -- now has a cocktail menu at its new location, to complement these plates. We chatted with Tarcísio Costa to get a sense of the restaurant ... More >>
Jeff Grow, mixologist-illusionist. Jeff Grow has a title you don't come across very often. He's a 'bar illusionist' at Albert Trummer's recently opened-to-the-public Theater Bar (114 Franklin Street) in Tribeca. He discusses just how manages to mix drinks with magic and why the two are a grea ... More >>
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Sother TeagueSother Teague, the head bartender at Rye in Williamsburg, spent years cooking in restaurants around the country until, one day, he found himself behind the bar. When you find out what his superpower is, you'll wonder how he didn't end up there sooner. What should people order a ... More >>
Beer-happy Copenhagen is getting its own cocktail culture, with several serious cocktail bars cropping up in recent years, and the debut of Copenhagen Cocktail Club, a group of bartenders dedicated to "promoting and developing the art of drink and bar and cocktail culture in Denmark and acros ... More >>
Mickey McIlroy will not make you a unicorn.Back before every bartender was a self-proclaimed mixologist and seasonal cocktail lists were announced via press release, a business card was circulated among those in the know for an unmarked and unlisted bar on a dingy Lower East Side block where ... More >>
Dushan Zaric: man enough to work with vodkaThe recently opened East Side Social Club enlisted the help of Dushan Zaric to create its 1950s-inspired cocktail list. (He's a partner of owner Bill Gilroy's at Employees Only and Macao Trading Co.) According to Zaric, the Mad Men vibe is intentiona ... More >>
vinniecosta.comBehind the bar: Vinnie, Deb, and GageIt was inevitable: The reality show competition model would spread from cooking to winemaking to, now, bartending. The Fine Living Network's Bartender Wars, debuting tonight at 10:30 p.m., will follow three of the city's bartenders each week ... More >>
What's this city coming to when even dive bars have to start serving signature cocktails? "Well, we don't have to," says Mike Stuto, owner of Hi-Fi. "It's just about giving people what they want." Hi-Fi has been an East Village mainstay since it opened in 2002, at the height of New York's l ... More >>
As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Greenmarket Inspired Mixology Astor Center August 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Drink responsibly! No, not in moderation, silly. Drink sustainably. Drink green. Join Allen ... More >>
565 Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, used to house NooNa, a Korean restaurant that I really liked. Sadly, the restaurant closed a few months ago and now a whiskey bar called Cornelius has opened in the space. Another expensive cocktail bar is really the last thing anyone needs right now-- ... More >>
Dear god is it the weekend yet. If you can smell the infused liquor, you're almost there. Here's some boozy news of note this week:The Cooper Square Hotel Bar (25 Cooper Square) is now open...albeit with a sad 11pm last call. [Urban Daddy]Gran Centenario has introduced a hibiscus-infused tequila cal ... More >>
Yay, America Big bread for lean times: Pepperidge Farm is launching "family-sized" value loaves of its Farmhouse soft breads this fall in response to the economy. [FitR inbox] More recession eating (kinda): Bar Blanc is now offering a $38, 3-course prix fixe menu on Sunday nights. [FitR inbox] Op ... More >>
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