When married couple Jennifer Lim and Ben Sandler began plotting The Queens Kickshaw (40-17 Broadway, Astoria, 718-777-0913) in Astoria, they wanted simply to arm the neighborhood with good coffee. "Kickshaw derives from rickshaw -- I had my eyes on a Vespa and doing a mobile coffee cart," says Sandl ... More >>
What pops into your mind when you hear "Long Island City"? Maybe you picture less of a neighborhood, more of a character-free yuppie warehouse, where overpaid dullards stack themselves in gleaming condos, sucking the life force from yet another community's jugular. But you'd be wrong. That nonsense ... More >>
In celebration of the New Year, Eve Turow examines the traditions of celebratory drinking with a handful of this city's top bartenders. While Champagne hogs the spotlight come midnight on January 1, there are many other drinks suitable for the festivities. Here, she shares two cocktail recipes that ... More >>
Few drinks are as iconic as the daiquiri -- and we're not talking about the frozen variety dispensed out of machines into souvenir cups. The classic daiquiri is held in high regard by bartenders and connoisseurs alike, and it's the centerpiece of a new party hosted by The Rum Boyz on Tuesday nights ... More >>
Corpse Reviver, Death in the Afternoon, Deadly Sin--these eerily-dubbed cocktails sound like they were made for Halloween, even if they carry tame origins (take, for example, the inspiration of Rudolph Valentino's 1922 bullfighter movie Blood and Sand for the name of the classic Scotch and orange ju ... More >>
French baker Hervé Poussot was forced to close his Dumbo bakery, Almondine, after Hurricane Sandy destroyed all the equipment in the basement's production kitchen. Almondine, named Best Bakery by the Voice in 2008, finally reopened yesterday. The next few days will be "a sort of soft launch," says ... More >>
Welcome to Drinks, Dinner, and Dessert, in which we share three picks in one neighborhood, keeping an eye out for deals, off-the-menu items, and new stuff to check out. This week, get off the M train at 36th Street and use these suggestions to guide you through Long Island City.
You've survived another holiday season. Have you ever had better reason to settle into a dark bar with a stiff drink? I didn't think so. But, as we battle through the next few long john-wearing months, now feels like a good time to order up a strong, warm drink -- with a whole lotta booze. Here a ... More >>
Natalie Jacob Natalie Jacob never knew that cocktails would become such a big part of her life. The New Jersey native studied interior design at Fashion Institute of Technology. After graduating, she moved to South Florida, where she tended bar in nightclubs. There, the menu mainly consisted ... More >>
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Brian Floyd, barman fundraiserThere's a lot of talk about tipping these days: how much is appropriate, when it should be withheld, how it should be divvied up. But a bartender in Brooklyn is throwing a kink into the conversation by giving his tips to charity. Brian Floyd of The Vanderbilt cre ... More >>
On September 17 Le Grand Fooding will host what it's calling the Campfire Session at the Elizabeth Street Garden downtown; there'll be dishes designed by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and WD-50's Wylie Dufresne, DJ sets by Nancy Whang and DJ Mehdi, and performances by Sondre Lerche and Hanni ... More >>
Richard Boccato, ice king.Richard Boccato and Ian Present, owners along with Sasha Petraske of Dutch Kills in Long Island City, have partnered with longtime employee Zachary Gelnaw-Rubin to launch an artisanal ice company and cocktail consultancy adjacent to the bar called Hundredweight Ice a ... More >>
Richard BoccatoRichard Boccato has been a busy man this past year. He and partner Giuseppe Gonzalez opened the tiki bar Painkiller on the Lower East Side, he continues to run - and reinvent - Dutch Kills in Long Island City, and he's gearing up to launch the Tribeca outpost of the popular Wea ... More >>
photo by Kelly SamardakJohn deBaryThere is no shortage of old-timey, Prohibition era-themed cocktail bars in this city. It's much more difficult to find places that are making truly innovative modern cocktails, of the sort that can be found at PDT, which is rolling out its new fall cocktail m ... 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...
loungerati/flickrGiuseppe Gonzalez brings the Pain(killer).After much anticipation, Painkiller is set to open tonight. Partner Giuseppe Gonzalez is busy unpacking glasses and making syrups for the big night, but took time out of his busy schedule to talk with Fork in the Road about the busine ... More >>
Admit it, you love itAn AvroKO-designed space might be too chi-chi for tiki, but Diner's Journal reports that indeed, a "decisively inauthentic" Polynesian restaurant is coming to the former Porcao location, complete with tiki drinks and pu-pu platters, in an AvroKO-made room.
theinvisibleagent.wordpress.comGood news for tiki-lovers: Mouthing Off reports that two of the owners of Long Island City's Dutch Kills, Giuseppe Gonzalez and Richard Boccato, will be opening a tiki bar at 49 Essex Street in March.
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: HEFort Greene's new (really, I would say the neighborhood's only) gastropub, Brooklyn Public House (247 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn), had a soft opening last night. I had a peak in earlier today and the space is quite lovely with exposed brick, tin ceilings, repurposed woods, and beautiful, vinta ... More >>