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An Anti Trump Bar? We’ll Drink to That!

Neighborhood: , , | Featured in Cocktails, First Bite, Restaurant, Reviews

An anti-trump bar? We’ll drink to that! Ravi DeRossi’s advocacy extends past veganism at his newest establishment, Coup. His Astor Place drinkery will take a stand against Trump’s entire agenda, by donating 100% of proceeds to organizations in the crosshairs of the administration…

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Chumley’s Returns to the West Village

Neighborhood: , , | Featured in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant, Restaurant Spotting

It’s rare for a restaurant to get a new lease on life. And in today’s exceedingly fickle (not to mention prohibitively expensive) industry, even decades of accrued customer sentimentality isn’t enough to keep the doors open. Which makes the story of Chumley’s especially unusual…

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BlackTail in Battery Park is Hardly Your Average Theme Bar

Neighborhood: , , | Featured in Cocktails

What do you think when you hear the term “theme bar?” Probably cheesy, schticky, over-the-top monstrosities like Senor Frog’s, with servers clad in massive, goofy sombreros, and day glow-colored, vodka and Bacardi-soused cocktails…

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A wd-50 Alum is Cooking Cut-Above Bar Food at Sons & Daughters of NYC

Neighborhood: , | Featured in Late Night Bites, Restaurant, Restaurant Spotting

Wylie Dufresne casts an awfully long culinary shadow. And yet his chef and mentee, Jon Bignelli, managed to shine during his final days at wd-50, as well as his truncated run at the short-lived Alder — taking the reigns on cutting edge dishes like rye and pastrami pasta tossed with mustard sauce, and clam chowder topped with oyster crackers (comprised of real oyster).

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Our Favorite Fall Cocktails

Neighborhood: | Featured in Best Of, Cocktails, Fall

It’s definitely in-between season as far as cocktails are concerned — it seems a bit silly to sip on citrusy mojitos and other sugary, thirst-quenching libations, and yet, Irish coffees, hot toddies, and dark, smoky negronis don’t quite make sense either. Which is why we’re bridging the gap with all manner of apple, maple and yes, even truffle-topped tipples, at autumn-ready places like A Voce, Pouring Ribbons, and Saxon + Parole…

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Lumos NYC is America’s Very First Baijiu Bar

Neighborhood: , | Featured in Drink Spotting, Ethnic Eats

New York may be experiencing a Chinese food renaissance — with modern spots like Tuome & Decoy — but that hasn’t done much for the stagnant state of their drinks and desserts. Until now. Lumos NYC is America’s first “Baijiu Bar,” showcasing the traditional, 5000 year-old celebratory liquor of China…

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Bar Goto is a Lower East Side Go-To

Neighborhood: , | Featured in Drink Spotting, Restaurant

Kenta Goto is the latest star-tender to emerge from the Pegu Club, following in the footsteps of Phil Ward (Death & Co.), St. John Frizell (Fort Defiance), Del Pedro (Tooker Alley), and Jim Kearns (The Happiest Hour), to open his very own industry-approved speakeasy. Called Bar Goto, the Lower East Side spot hones in on his Japanese heritage with cocktails made with sake, shochu, alongside extensive selection of izakaya fare.

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Bar Spotting: Mace is the Place

Neighborhood: | Featured in Beer Bars, Best Of, Drink Spotting

For uninitiated passerby, there’s nothing outwardly broadcasting that Mace is the hot new place to be — a glance through the floor-to-ceiling windows reveals a handsome, zinc-topped bar in front, a couple of tables in back, and not much else. But it’s what’s going on behind that bar that counts, starting with the brightly colored jars of spices…

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Craft Beer & Fine Dining Converge at Stanton Street Kitchen

Neighborhood: | Featured in Beer Bars, First Bite

Stanton Street Kitchen — a brand new Lower East Side eatery — is especially dedicated to the pairing potential of food and beer. So instead of allowing suds to run distant second to vino, it ably treads the line between the two; offering a beer menu as extensive and thoughtfully curated as any wine list…

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Cozy Up With New York’s Best Winter Cocktails

Neighborhood: | Featured in Best Of, Drink Spotting

Looking for an especially fun and efficient way to stay warm this winter? Some of the most talented barkeeps in New York happen to be just as talented at making hot libations as they are at cold. Love the guys at Death & Co.? You’ll want to check out Nitecap’s “Platonic Snuggle,” made with rum, porter and cognac. Are you a sucker for hot buttered rum? You’ll die for Boilermaker’s “Monkey Buttered Rum.” We’re just getting started…

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Charlie Palmer Does Cocktails at Crimson & Rye

Neighborhood: | Featured in Drink Spotting, First Bite, Hottest Newcomers

Charlie Palmer is one of the restaurant world’s most recognizable names, with a career that spans over 25 years, a hospitality empire on both coasts, and a host of honorifics and awards, including stars from Michelin and medals from James Beard. But his newest venture, Crimson & Rye (located in Midtown’s iconic Lipstick building) is somewhat of a curveball for Palmer…

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Al Fresco Drinking at Gallow Green

Neighborhood: | Featured in Al Fresco Dining, Drink Spotting

If we can’t drink and dine on the waterfront all summer, there’s only one other place we’d rather be — up on the roof. It’s the consummate city experience… clinging onto a cocktail while precariously perched at the lip of a high rise building, peering out at the skyline and down at the bustling streets below. And when it comes to especially chic roof bars, it doesn’t get much better than Gallow Green, located on the very top of The McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea…

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Our Favorite New Spring Cocktails

Neighborhood: | Featured in Best Of, Spring Eats

We’ve been lavishing lots of love on spring dishes as of late, like lamb paired with ramps and fiddlehead ferns, and ricotta-swabbed pasta dotted with asparagus tips and morel mushrooms. But restaurant cocktail menus have also undergone a sprightly seasonal makeover, and from the “Organic Pea Mojito” at Rouge Tomate on the Upper East Side to the strawberry-flavored “Kon-Tiki” at Wallflower in the West Village, we’re rounding up the most mouth-watering, warm weather libations in New York!

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Bar Spotting: Andrew Tarlow’s Achilles Heel

Neighborhood: | Featured in Drink Spotting

With five successful eateries to his name (Diner, Marlow & Sons, Marlow & Daughters, Reynard, & Roman’s) Andrew Tarlow is Brooklyn’s most prolific restaurateur. And now he’s got yet another title to add to his impressive resume, flourishing bar owner. Situated along the industrial, Greenpoint waterfront, Achilles Heel is meant to evoke the old-timey saloons and provisions shops that catered to area dockworkers in the 1900’s…

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Drink Spotting: Negronis at The Gilroy

Neighborhood: | Featured in Drink Spotting, Restaurant

You can order all sorts of inspired cocktails at the recently opened The Gilroy, an attractive new hotspot with art deco chandeliers, reclaimed wood communal tables, a copper bar and red brocade-swathed back room on the drinking den-deprived Upper East Side. But why in the world would you? The name of the game here is Negronis…

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Drink Spotting: Mint Juleps at Maison Premiere

Neighborhood: | Featured in Drink Spotting

If what excites you most about the upcoming Kentucky Derby is horseracing and oversized hats, well, you’ve come to the wrong place. For us, the annual event is nothing less than an unabashed celebration of the mint julep, one of our favorite, seasonal cocktails. Considered the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby for over 70 years, the standard julep is made with bourbon, sugar, water, and mint, and traditionally served in a silver or pewter cup. But this in NYC, not the Deep South. And our cocktail scene is infinitely more exciting — so why limit yourself to sipping a single rendition of the centuries old tipple all night? That’s why we’re placing our bets on Maison Premiere as a serious front-runner this Saturday, in a race to become the city’s top Kentucky Derby destination.

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Q & A with Flatiron Lounge & Clover Club’s Julie Reiner

Neighborhood: | Featured in Chef Q&A

It’s often said that there aren’t enough women working in professional kitchens. And the same seems to be true of behind the bar. But when it comes to real top of the line mixologists, there are few bigger names in the business than Julie Reiner – and that’s male or female. Owner and beverage director of the jazzy, ten-year-old Flatiron Lounge in Manhattan (which serves intricately layered drinks listed under “Whiskey,” “Brandy,” “Rum,” “Gin,” “Tequila,” and “Vodka”), and the pre-Prohibition era Clover Club in Brooklyn (known for its assortment of Sours and Daisies, Collins and Fizzes, Punches and Royales), Reiner is often credited with revitalizing the golden age of the cocktail, making American classics with fresh juices, handcrafted syrups and infusions, and seasonal ingredients.

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Spring Cocktails on the Rise

Neighborhood: | Featured in Best Of

Dishes like Boeuf Bourguignon and Brussels Sprouts don’t really have a place on lightened-up, springtime menus. And neither do heady, malty spirits, like Port or Brandy, or comfort cocktails, like Rum Punch or a Tom & Jerry. That’s why bars and restaurants are making sure their cocktails are every bit as seasonal as the food they accompany, from the sugar snap pea-topped “Green Giant” at Clover Club in Brooklyn to the blood orange and rhubarb-accented “Spiritual America” at Nolita’s Pearl and Ash. So put down your wintry Manhattan and try one of these warm-weather libations this spring!

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Best After Work Drinks – Sweet Afton

Neighborhood: | Featured in Best Of

From the owners of West Village favorite Wilfie and Nell, this Astoria hangout could be our favorite spot yet in our search for ideal, after work drinks.  We love their selection of unfussy cocktails, like the spiked Sweet Tea with tea-infused vodka, honey-ginger syrup, and lemon, but there’s also a great lineup of local bottles and drafts to choose from.  And this may be Queens, but when it comes to awesome bar bites, you can’t go wrong with the Beer-Battered Brooklyn Pickles or Sweet Afton Burger piled high with Double Smoked Brooklyn Bacon.  They’ve also got a stockpile of terrific cheeses, like Irish cheddar or aged gruyere, that you can (and should) add to just about everything on the...

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Best Gastropub – The Dog and Duck

Neighborhood: | Featured in Best Of

This place was the first ever gastropub in Sunnyside, and since opening last year, they’ve become a neighborhood staple.  The extensive menu effortlessly combines laid-back pub grub (BBQ Babyback Ribs, Fish and Chips, Ham and Leek Pie), with more elevated, fine-dining fare.  Start off your meal with the Mushroom a la Greque, topped with bacon, pine nuts, and shaved parmesan, followed by a terrific Pan-Fried Salmon Cake with ginger-sesame sauce, Pork Bangers with Scallion Mash and Red Wine Jus, or Scallops Gratines with Asparagus and Parsley Potatoes.  And don’t even think about leaving without ordering the Deep Fried Brie with Port...

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