• Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Scale Ale: How a Home-Brew Hobby Launched Third Rail Beer

    New York City is not exactly a friendly place to launch a brewery. Space that's large enough to hold equipment is scarce, and what exists is expensive. But for Larry Koestler, Loren Taylor-Raymond, and Kaitlyn Haubrich, opening elsewhere was not an option -- all three of them were born and raised in ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 30, 2014


    Local brewmasters pair their cuisine to their creations

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Here Are This Weekend's Five Best Food and Drink Events

    With the weather getting hotter, we know you need an excuse to leave your air conditioned abode. If you're not escaping to a rich friend's summer share, consider one of these events.

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    This Week's Top Four Happy Hour Specials

    Before heading out of town for Memorial Day weekend, toast your office buddies and those friends that never leave the city with a few cheap drinks. Here are four places to take into consideration.

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    A Vineyard Crawl in the North Fork

    Take advantage of the post-Halloween, pre-Thanksgiving lull in "pumpkin traffic" (how Long Island locals refer to day-trippers who jam up roads by the u-pick patches), and spend a day in the vineyards of the North Fork. The Fork starts just past Riverhead, and depending on traffic, entails an hour-a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    Reader: Hopefully the List of the 10 Best Breweries in NYC Is in Random Order

    Almost as soon as we published our list of the 10 best breweries in NYC(-ish) last week, a number of this city's craft beer aficionados took to the comments section and Twitter to discuss our ranking order and point out omissions they perceived as particularly glaring.

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    5 Best Locally Made Beers for July 4 According to Bierkraft's Joe Tracy

    Beer is a longstanding July 4 tradition, and an ice cold brew sounds especially good in this hot and sticky weather. You have lots of options when it comes to stocking your cooler, so we tracked down Joe Tracy, cellar manager of Brooklyn's craft beer mecca Bierkraft, who gave us his top five picks f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Annisa's Gregory Fellows Chats Wine, Cocktails, and His Favorite Bars

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    The Good Fork Will Reopen in Red Hook, Plus Free Tours of Chelsea Brewing Co.

    Thursday, December 27 Beer Dinner for Holiday Hurricane Relief at Alewife: Long Island City brewery Alewife will host a holiday meal fit for a beer fanatic. For $50, try brews from Smuttynose, Lagunitas, Oskar Blues, Dogfish Head, Greenport Harbor, and Bronx Brewery, all paired with a six-course men ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 25, 2012



  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Top Hops' Ted Kenny on Growlers

    After years of working as a bartender and a marketing guy for Anheuser-Busch, Ted Kenny decided to test out his beer chops by opening up a store of his own on the Lower East Side, Top Hops Beer Shop (94 Orchard St., 212-254-4677), where you can grab a pint to stay or a growler to take home. Of cours ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Top Hops Beer Shop Is Going to Get the LES Drunk on Over 700 Brews

    The Growler Station (which, we've since learned, is opening tomorrow) isn't the only new beer shop opening downtown. Now comes word that Top Hops has officially opened at 94 Orchard Street (212-254-4677). Part bottle shop, part tasting room, and part classroom, this sudsy spot offers over 700 brands ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Five New York Beers You Need to Try, According to Joshua M. Bernstein, Author of Brewed Awakening

    Sterling PublicationsA beer a day will keep the doctor away, right?​While the craft-beer movement might have had its start out West, there's now no shortage of quality breweries here in New York. Just ask Joshua M. Bernstein, author of Brewed Awakening, a new book all about the origins of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Our 10 Best Beer Bars

    ​ The craft beer movement, once the province of homebrewers and so-called "beer nerds," has become so mainstream that you'd be hard-pressed to find a bar in New York City that doesn't have at least Brooklyn Lager on tap. But where do you go when you want to find the absolute best brews in the ... More >>

  • News

    August 10, 2011

    Maybe I Do And Maybe I Don't

    Gays get the freedom to marry—and for some, the freedom not to

  • Columns

    July 6, 2011

    'Housewives' Rock The Hamptons! Underwear Boys Take Fire Island!

    A tour of Fire Island, the Hamptons, the anti-Hamptons. All nice. Now it's back to Murray Hill.

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Posts of the Week

    As we head into a 48-hour period of relative oblivion, here's a look back at the best posts of the last five days: This week, g-u-t-b-o-m-b is spelled by the Galway Hooker's hooker burger. Paul Giannone, the man behind the new Paulie Gee's, talked about making the leap from IT manager to restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Attention Hop Heads: Greenport Harbor Ales Are Coming to NYC

    New York, this brew's for you.​It's the kind of thing movie bromances are based on: John Liegey and Rich Vandenburgh met in college, became best friends, and always dreamed of starting a microbrewery together. That dream was made a reality last July when Greenport Harbor Brewing Company was fo ... More >>

  • News

    March 9, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    Special Occasion Oysters from BLT Prime

    For this week's VV dining newsletter newsletter (sign up here), Chris Leahy of BLT Prime gave writer Hailey Eber a dressed-up oyster recipe, perfect for New Year's Eve or a Christmas Day lunch. Widow's Hole Oyster Company harvests oysters from Greenport Harbor off the coast of Long Island. Leah ... More >>

  • Columns

    May 25, 2004