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Drink and Dash at The Campbell, Grand Central’s Swanky Rebooted Bar

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 in Best Of, Cocktails, Drink Spotting

Grand Central has recently become a de facto dining destination. Not only that, but it’s turning into quite the bar scene as well, owing to renovations of the landmarked space that formerly housed the Campbell Apartment (and everything from an office to a storage closet to a jail before that).

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It’s All About Cider at Wassail on the Lower East Side

Wassail

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 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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A Guide to Summer’s Best Sips in NYC

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 in Best Of, Drink Spotting, Summer

Who said everyday iced tea, iced coffee and lemonade need to be the default drinks of summer? Especially since spots around the city are offering all manner of inventive cold beverages, from the frozen Israeli Lemonnana at Mike Solomonov’s Dizengoff to the innovative Agua Frescas at Nick Morgenstern’s El Rey…

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Guide to Valrhona’s Hot Chocolate Festival

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 in Drink Spotting, Eating Events

Hard to remember as we sip iced coffee during this bizarrely balmy winter, but the season’s traditional, primary beverage is supposed to be hot chocolate. Thankfully, Valrhona has remained utterly undeterred by the lack of wind and snow — launching a full-out Hot Chocolate Festival, from January 23rd through the 31st…

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Lumos NYC is America’s Very First Baijiu Bar

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 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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Fall Trends: Tiki Drinks Are All The Rage

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 in Drink Spotting, Trendwatch

While drinking fruity, rum-based beverages only seems natural during the summer, in New York, it can hardly be considered a seasonal thing. Because, despite a bit of ebbing and flowing over the last couple years, an unabashed affection for tiki has remained a reliable constant in the bar world…

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Bar Goto is a Lower East Side Go-To

Bar Goto

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 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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The Season’s Most Refreshing Summer Cocktails

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 in Best Of, Drink Spotting

Any summer day (or afternoon, or evening) spent without a frosty, fruity, refreshing cocktail kind of seems like a summer day (or afternoon, or evening) wasted, doesn’t it? That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite, seasonal, and eminently quaffable libations, from Frozen Negronis at Alta Linea near the High Line, to boozy Sno Cones from Branch Ofc in Brooklyn…

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The Season’s Most Creative Drinks NYC

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 in Best Of, Drink Spotting, Summer

We often associate spring and summer with rosé, margaritas, and other icy, alcoholic drinks. But if you don’t want to head to work each day hung over, you’ll cool off with these refreshing, totally booze-free beverages, from the freshly pressed juices at Genuine Superette, to the creamy horchatas at Los Tacos No. 1, the totally fun bubble teas at Thirstea Cafe and more…

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Bar Spotting: Mace is the Place

Posted on May 21, 2015 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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World of Beer is a Suds-Lovers Dream Come True

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 in Drink Spotting, Restaurant Spotting

There’s no doubt that cider is on a serious upswing, especially considering the recent launch of Wassail, which is dedicated to the fermented apple beverage. But that doesn’t mean that beer is losing any ground as an increasingly respected wine alternative, and World of Beer — an upcoming, 5,000-square foot temple of suds — only cements its supremacy…

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Danny Meyer Gets into the Cocktail Game at Porchlight

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 in Best Of, Drink Spotting

Don’t be surprised if 11th Avenue in Chelsea becomes a drinking and dining destination, now that Meyer has launched Porchlight along with Blue Smoke’s Mark Maynard-Parisi. Like the duo’s honky tonk barbecue joint, the come-as-you-are Porchlight has a laidback, Southern spirit, with a streamlined, easy-to-eat bar menu instead the likes of Boiled Peanut Hummus, Frogs Legs, Beef Jerky…

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Cozy Up With New York’s Best Winter Cocktails

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 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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New York’s Best Hot Chocolate

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 in Best Of, Drink Spotting, Winter Eats

If there’s one upside to being smack dab in the middle of bone-chilling winter, it’s this — we get to warm ourselves from the inside out with mugs of thick, sweet hot cocoa. Which, let’s be honest here, is essentially candy in a cup; especially if you order it at the following cafes and restaurants!

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Cocktail Trends to Watch for in 2015

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 in Drink Spotting, Trendwatch

Just as fashions in food tend to go in and out of vogue, so do trends in the bar world. So what did we predict would be big in 2014? Lots of soju and cider, as well as wine on tap. And were we right? You betcha! So here’s what we foresee for New York’s cocktail scene in the coming year, including fizzy champagne-topped tipples, and a resurgence of vodka and rum!

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Our Favorite Cocktails For Fall

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 in Best Of, Drink Spotting

When restaurants make themselves over for fall, they leave no stone unturned; updating not just their dinner and dessert menus, but their beverage offerings as well. So take a moment to check out some of the delicious, seriously seasonal libations at bars and eateries all over the city, from the cream and allspice-topped “Mare Island” at the award-winning The Dead Rabbit…

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Charlie Palmer Does Cocktails at Crimson & Rye

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 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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New York’s Most Refreshing Iced Drinks

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 in Best Of, Drink Spotting, Summer Eats

Labor Day may have come and gone, but buck up sun worshipers — its not hot chocolate and cider season yet! So chill out with a variety of New York’s most delicious iced drinks, like the refreshing Coffee Granita at Greenwich Village staple, Caffe Reggio, and Pizza Moto’s “Palmer Float,” at the recently opened Berg’n…

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Summer Sips: Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 in Drink Spotting, Ethnic Eats

Now that iced coffee season is in full swing, you may find yourself craving a little variety from your daily cold-brew. For those willing to venture into sweeter realms of coffee on the rocks, Vietnamese-style iced coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da) may just be your summer salvation. Restaurant Girl dishes on where to find some of the best Vietnamese iced coffee in New York…

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Al Fresco Drinking at Gallow Green

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 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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