When Autumn Stoscheck received her cidery license in 2002, she was just 21 years old -- and the State Liquor Authority told her she was the youngest person in New York State to hold a license. So, unlike many of the producers now jumping into the game, this is the only career she's ever known.
Always looking for an excuse to party, the astronomically inclined people of Earth recently celebrated another equinox. In the aftermath, many folks anticipate the changing hue of the falling leaves. Others toil under the rapidly diminishing daylight, raking away said leaves. But if the only seasona ... More >>
Over the past three and a half years, husband-and-wife duo Jennifer Lim and Ben Sandler have built the Queens Kickshaw -- their beer bar, restaurant, and coffeeshop in Astoria -- into a must-visit for this city's cider fiends and cider-curious. The list has grown as their obsession has deepened, and ... More >>
The most controversial new work of art in the United States is a sculpture that resides in an undisclosed warehouse location in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Hardly anyone knows where it is, and few have actually seen it. The people who commissioned the piece have warned the artist not to publicly identify hi ... More >>
While I'm sitting in a booth at Porter House (10 Columbus Circle, chatting with Michael Lomonaco, a regular comes over and slaps him on the back. They talk for a second about the experience, and then the diner reveals that he's eaten at this restaurant 292 times since it opened -- a fact that a hos ... More >>
Dozens of restaurants have made the leap from Smorgasburg food stand to permanent brick-and-mortar shop, and now joining those ranks is BLT-monger Landhaus. The operation has been doling out eats at the Woods for more than a year, but it just got its own kitchen there. Last week, Landhaus at the Woo ... More >>
Once considered a passing trend, food trucks are now officially parked in the New York City cheap eats scene, particularly during the warmer months. These four-wheelers brighten lunch hours, private events, and weekends at the park with innovative eats served from a tiny kitchen. Here are the 10 bes ... More >>
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 >>
New Yorkers live in one of the greatest winemaking states of our nation, yet we lack the close bond to our local wine market that, say, San Franciscans have with Sonoma or Napa. In an effort to start a dialogue with the winemakers of our backyard and spotlight the delicious juice being made only a f ... More >>
Fifty thousand people descended on Denver, Colorado for the 2013 Great American Beer Festival, a massive showcase of everything happening in brewing in this country that took place October 10-12. The event also pits beers against each other in competition, and this year, 4,000 beers from big and sma ... More >>
Next time you're in your favorite dairy aisle, stare at the yogurt case for half a second and marvel at the stunning variety. Greek yogurt's seen a surge in recent years, and it holds a prevalent place among classic fruit-on-the-bottom or stirred iterations. But look closer and you'll also find yogu ... More >>
Sit long enough at the bar at The Grand, a three-month-old joint on Grand Street in Williamsburg, and you'll begin to notice that owners Eric "The Red" Austin and Jason Kleinmann know just about everyone coming through the door. And it's not just the cursory, hey-you-look-kind-of-familiar nod that t ... More >>
Not long ago, the Hudson Valley was home to all kinds of mushroom farmers, but most of the commercial producers have long-since moved out. One exception: Bulich, a family property that overlooks the Hudson River that's the only grower in the area that still supplies NYC.
A few weeks ago, we put up a list of the top 10 breweries in NYC(-ish). But beers are not the only alcohol brewing in New York. The distilling world is also on the rise after a shift in New York distilling laws in 2002 when the passage of a law allowing farm distillery licenses helped begin to resto ... More >>
Cooking was a focal point in Johnathan Adler's childhood home--"My mom always smelled of garlic, the kind of garlic that's in your veins," he recalls--but he entered the professional culinary world thanks, in part, to sibling rivalry. "I always thought of myself as a better cook than my sister, and ... More >>
"I started cooking when I was a kid because I was the youngest of five in a big family," recalls Ryan Hardy, executive chef of Charlie Bird. "We were like slave labor, and cooking would teach us discipline and keep us busy on hot summer days. I hated it at the time, but the life lessons sunk in."
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 >>
With a monstrously flowing godlike beard, multi-instrumental guru Jamie Saft resembles a Hasidic mountain man who should be jamming on meaty blues licks with his beloved ZZ Top instead of the downtown avant-gardist and John Zorn ensemble vet for which he's known. The catch is, dude actually makes hi ... More >>
Doug Quint road tests the old chocolate mix (left) against the new (right). When Doug Quint of Big Gay Ice Cream started selling his enhanced soft-serve from a Mister Softee-type truck back in 2009, he was constrained to use a commercial ice cream mix provided by a local manufacturer, which came i ... More >>
Let's say -- completely hypothetically, simply for the sake of argument, of course -- that you are running a Congressional campaign. And let's also say -- again, completely hypothetically, simply for the sake of argument -- that your first campaign manager spokesman recently resigned after writing ... More >>
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Despite New York State's best efforts to regulate what consenting adults do in their spare time, New Yorkers are still flocking to mixed martial arts events. Unfortunately, they're forced to go to other states to do it -- MMA fighting has been banned in the Empire State since the mid-1990s. &nb ... More >>
Mayor Mike Bloomberg has had his share of public reservations about hydrofracking, urging government honchos to keep drilling far from NYC's water. The City's environmental agency is on board, too. But a strange little newsletter released this afternoon from the Department of Environmental Protect ... More >>
Steve'sIf you grew up in Boston, you probably grew up with Steve's Ice Cream, the Somerville store that is credited with introducing Americans to the concept of both premium ice cream and mix-ins. When owner Steve Herrell decided in 1973 to smoosh bits of Heath Bar Crunch into his scoops, he ... More >>
That's Dean & DeLuca's Robert Lambert cake on the left, Myers of Keswick's Bryson's of Keswick cake on the right. Ah, fruitcake. Not only is it the red-headed stepchild of the Christmas table, it is also its Cher, seemingly impervious to time and a model of eerie self-preservation. The two s ... More >>
An egg cream at Hinsch's. Petey Freeman moved to Carroll Gardens from Hawaii to open the Brooklyn Farmacy back in June. The Farmacy gained plenty of attention before it opened, thanks to its previous incarnation as the historic, long-shuttered Vermont Pharmacy and a boost from the Discovery ... More >>
Alex Van BurenThe classic, plus a little anarchy.Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike -- compiled daily. Today's pick: A vanilla malted milkshake ($5.10) at Brooklyn Farmacy (513 Henry Street, at S ... More >>
Edward III: a not-so-green fairy.Mark Maurice was one of those "crazy Limelight club kids," as he puts it. One night at the club, he met a man carrying these mysterious green vials. The man told him the vials contained absinthe, and proceeded to write down a formula for Maurice, as well as th ... More >>
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CyclosportThe view from the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, with vineyards in the foreground.Two wineries on the eastern shore of sylvan and deep Seneca Lake make dry Rieslings. Are they really dry, and which one is better? We set out to make a determination.
In a photograph from New Normandy's website, Dan Halloran leads a heathen ritual.Conservative. Republican. Pagan? It was an odd news story that briefly upended what should have been a sleepy City Council race in Bayside: the Queens Tribune reported that a conservative Republican was running ... More >>
thoughtsonthetable.wordpress.comAmong the many matters that Robert LaValva must attend to before his New Amsterdam Market returns to the South Street Seaport next month is that of cake. Specifically, the kind of cake that may or may not be sold at the stand run by Saltie's, the new bakery fro ... More >>
Late-night revelers are still "discovering" the halal food cart at 53rd Street and Sixth Avenue, which was started in 1992 by Mohamed Abouelenein, who wanted to serve taxi and limousine drivers sick of hot dogs. [NY Times] Cocktails are a vital element of the AMC series Mad Men. Drinks histo ... More >>
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