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 >>
After a month-long bender through unending holiday parties that culminated in a blow-out year-end fete, you might feel like January is the longest hangover -- ever. Luckily, in the city where debauchery seeps well beyond December and into the other 11 months of the year, NYC bartenders have caught o ... 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 >>
By weaving together the stories behind New York City cocktail lair Employees Only and Westport, Connecticut, corner bar Dunvilles, director Douglas Tirola takes on the changing world of bartending and the rise of craft mixology in his recently released documentary Hey Bartender. And while the film f ... More >>
Pastai, the second venture from chef/restaurateur Melissa Daka, will open in Chelsea on Thursday. The restaurant specializes in handmade pasta dishes, but the menu also offers an antipasti bar and small dishes like octopus salad and crostini. For breakfast, there's organic stone-ground polenta with ... 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.
Derby Day may be over, but luckily for us juleps are still on the menu. Today we bring you the recipe for the classic Prescription Julep, which dates back to the 1800s. It was first printed in an 1857 issue of Harper's Monthly and since then, has been modified and tweaked into various variations. ... More >>
Sam Ziar tends the bar at Orient Express, one of the West Village's most romantic spots. Today, on Valentine's Day, he expects to be one busy man, but he took some time out to talk to Fork in the Road about his favorite winter ingredients and what makes a great Valentine's Day drink.
Keith WagstaffNice shot For the past couple of years, The Daily Shot, FitR's inappropriately named weekly cocktail feature, has scoured the city for the tastiest cocktails it could find. Straight up, on the rocks, with a twist, rimmed, and even on fire. You name it: We've knocked it back. Now ... More >>
Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too. After a hard day's work.The drink: Blue Collar The bar: Silver Lining (75 Murray Street, Tribeca, 212-513-1234) The price: $14 The ingredients: Rye, amaro, sweet vermouth, dash of maraschino, ... 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 >>
The Kurve space's curious saga continues today, courtesy of the East Fifth Street Block Association.
photo by Atisha PaulsonJim KearnsPeels has gotten its fair share of praise this week. Most of that has been for the food -- or at least the infinitely cool environment in which the food is served -- and a few words were dedicated to the cocktails. The drinks list, designed by Yana Volfson, is ... More >>
photo by Jeanna BellizziLily Cho at the Lambs ClubThe Lambs Club is now up and running with its cocktail list curated by Sasha Petraske and priced at a ballsy $18 per drink. Bar Manager Lily Cho reveals just what it's like to develop a beverage program with the Cocktail Kid himself. Tell me ... More >>
Here we sit at the end of this truncated week, casting an eye back over the news of the last four days: We ranked Our 9 Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in NYC (and one in New Jersey). Fat Witch and Amy's Bread squared off in a Battle of the Chelsea Market Walnut Brownies. The Atlantic Grill's Mike ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. It looks like Mantao, the Chinese sandwich shop that Sarah DiGregorio was happy to see open in Midtown last year, has closed. [Midtown Lunch] Breuckelen, a new restaurant in Cobble Hill ... More >>
Mosaic Man Jim Power and his dog, Jessie Jane"Wake up, New York! Are we kidding? I will be the #1 tourist attraction in this place, and that includes the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty," boasts Jim Power -- a/k/a, New York's Mosaic Man (so dubbed in a 1988 Voice article) -- who has ... More >>
Not owned by Sasha Petraske yet. Photo via Museum of Natural HistoryNot long ago, the American Museum of Natural History was a place to learn about the lives of dinosaurs and Neanderthals, with a possible tidbit gleaned here and there about what these creatures ate. Yet the museum has increas ... More >>
Ben Rose PhotographyPetraske does Philly.Sasha Petraske is proving himself something of a ramblin' man, lending his name to projects as far afield as Atlanta, Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Now, he's heading down to Philadelphia to work his black magic on Stephen Starr's newest ven ... 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 >>
eater.comWhite Star targets foodies, winos.Sasha Petraske has some news about his Lower East Side bar, White Star. The drink den will no longer just cater to cocktail enthusiasts.
Pickle back, anyone?On a Tuesday night at The Randolph on Broome Street, you're likely to find that bartenders, booze bloggers, and spirits brand employees make up a healthy cross-section of the crowd. It's hard to pinpoint when or why a place becomes an insider bar, but when it does, you can ... More >>
Snackish.comThe former home of the Mercury Dime, which has been shuttered since Sasha Petraske pulled the plug on the embattled coffee shop last June, has been showing signs of life for the past couple of months. This morning, a worker standing in the storefront's threshold revealed what's go ... More >>
culturemedc.comEver wonder what Sasha Petraske gets up to when he's not preaching the Milk & Honey doctrine of good ice and fresh citrus to New Yorkers? Well, as it turns out, he's off preaching it to Atlantans, Washingtonians, and Bostonians. Petraske's POV Bar in D.C. is his second effort t ... More >>
For those who couldn't wait until next July to hightail it down to New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail, Manhattan had its own cocktail extravaganza this past weekend. Bartenders and drinks enthusiasts from the country congregated at the Astor Center for seminars on everything from the histo ... More >>
The Tom Collins might be what you grandmother likes to drink, but that's no excuse to knock it. Especially when the gin-and-hard lemonade cocktail might originally have been made with the Dutch version of gin: genever. Only you're not supposed to call it that. Bols Genever, which launched la ... More >>
As anyone who's attended Community Board 3's SLA/DCA Licensing Committee meetings over the last few months knows, these things tend to have less in common with actual meetings than Pay-Per-View cage matches. Tonight's event, scheduled to kick off at 6:30 at the Jasa/Green Residence on East 5th Stree ... More >>
Those of you who enjoyed Chantal's excellent coverage of NOLA's Tales of the Cocktail (read her posts here, here and here) will be happy to know that New York will host its own cocktail extravaganza next year. The Manhattan Cocktail Classic will be held next May, with a preview this October 3-4 at A ... More >>
Big beer companies and small craft brewers are teaming up to change a range of federal tax laws. Associations representing both groups have joined forces to introduce the Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act (yes, the BEER Act), which would return federal excise taxes on beer to pre-1991 levels, f ... More >>
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 >>
Rhong-Tiam, the good siblingBack in September, I wrote about the curious case of Rhong-Tiam and Kurve. Although they're owned by the same guy, the restaurants could not be more different. Kurve is an epic fail--opening and then closing and then opening again, a crazy menu of trendy stuff, most of wh ... More >>
Plenty of incestuous DJ action to partake in, but enjoy the clubs while you can