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.
Paco Cao is one of the most in-demand cocktail creators in the world. Except that he doesn't actually make cocktails -- he conceptualizes them. Through a series titled "Psychological Cocktail Services," Cao has roamed the globe -- Spain, Mexico, Italy -- facilitating audience-inspired libations at m ... More >>
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.
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 >>
Vintage steakhouses, like Bill's Food & Drink, are having a moment, and head bartender Mike Saul at DelFrisco's in Midtown knows the scene well. For the past decade, the old-school veteran has poured out hefty cocktails for the expense account set, while also altering to the Rockefeller Center masse ... 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 >>
The entertainer's shelf helps boost your festive spirits
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 >>
James Bond will no longer be ordering martinis "shaken, not stirred." The Bond franchise has sealed a marketing deal with Heineken, rumored at $45 million, to have the spy sip on the Dutch beer instead of the usual martini in the upcoming Bond film, Skyfall.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Leo BorovskiyThe newly opened Rye House specializes in all-American spirits, such as, well, rye. But it also stocks premium applejack, which dates from the American colonial period. Lynnette Marrero (formerly of Freemans, Elettaria, and now the president of LUPEC), who created the cocktail me ... More >>
Bar Henry (90 West Houston Street), the purported "American sister" of the West Village's Cafe Henri, opened last night. This wine-centric American bistro, housed in the space formerly occupied by Zinc Bar, is serving up Pat LaFrieda and Niman Ranch-sourced meats prepared by chefs Christian O ... 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 >>
Rendering of the Empire Room Art deco-themed bars seem to be going around like a bad cold these days. The new upscale cocktail lounge by Hospitality Holdings on the ground floor of the Empire State building will feature a cocktail menu designed by mixologist Jonathan Pogash. As Director of Co ... 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 >>
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