Speak Easy and Carry a Good Drink

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Lifestyle, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Dining-Jbird Cocktails - Rx Julep Jbird’s excellent cocktails are a secret worth revealing  The speakeasy trend hit New York City hard some six years ago, with bars like Employees Only, Pegu Club and Death & Co. springing up in every alleyway. Discerning drinkers were lured in with unlisted phone numbers, unmarked doors and strict codes of conduct that promised to [&hellip
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Southwest Spain in a Bottle

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Lifestyle, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Stop being afraid of sherry and embrace it! About five or six years ago, it was on the menu of every high-end restaurant in the city. The now defunct Chanterelle actually had a tasting menu that paired seven courses with seven different types. Sherry-Lehmann had an entire section devoted to them exclusively. People who had [&hellip
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When in Rome—or Hong Kong or Buenos Aires

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Lifestyle, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Restaurant-Zengo In the canyons of Midtown’s Third Avenue, it can seem as if the weary traveler may never find sustenance. Buried among the steel-and-glass lobbies of office towers and outsized ATM centers are the occasional glossy fast-food franchise or faded Chinese takeout, but even steam-table delis are few and far between. Clearly, Zengo saw this problem [&hellip
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Penniless Epicure: Wine Serving Temperature

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Lifestyle, Our Town, West Side Spirit

As is the case with most things having to do with wine, a conversation on one subject often bleeds into another, which then turns into yet another subject. Before you know it, you’ve found yourself far from where you began but still, somehow, talking about wine—and hopefully drinking some at the same time. This is [&hellip
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Downtown Alliance’s Kelly Rush lets us know what’s opening and closing

Written by Our Town Downtown on . Posted in Eat & Drink, Lifestyle, Our Town Downtown

It’s not spring yet, no matter how tightly I squeeze my eyes and pretend it is, so in this edition I’m focusing on treats to help you get through the last throes of winter. Soon enough, I’ll park my down jacket in the closet and wipe the filthy salt residue off my well-worn boots. In [&hellip
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Winter Is a Season, Too

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Eat & Drink, Lifestyle, Our Town Downtown

sweetshrimpbyclaramichelle It is still, technically, winter. Every 50-plus degree day makes it harder and harder to remember this—every time you run out of the office for lunch and debate whether you really need your coat, instead of wrapping yourself in every piece of clothing you own before braving the elements—but winter is sticking around until at [&hellip
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Pickles Take Manhattan

Written by Linnea Covington on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Lifestyle, Our Town, West Side Spirit

REST-Jacob's Pickles(as) Luckily, the space housing Jacob’s Pickles proved massive, considering that on a Thursday night shortly after it opened, the place was packed with students, moms pushing strollers and large groups eager to see what the hype was about. We got in just in time to snag a cozy table in the back and, despite the [&hellip
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The Penniless Epicure: The Spoils of Wine

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Lifestyle, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Last week, I spoke enthusiastically about my support of Stelvin closures, or screw caps, for wine. And I stand by my zeal for this cause. However, I had many friends and colleagues approach me and take major issue with my stance. “I don’t want to hear a ‘crack’ when I open my bottle of sauvignon [&hellip
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Valentine's Day at Grand Central Oyster Bar

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89 East 42nd St., New York, NY 10017 The oyster is considered nature’s ultimate aphrodisiac (more on that later), so look no further than the Grand Central Oyster Bar as the restaurant of choice for romance on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14, when executive chef Sandy Ingber – well-known as the “Bishop of Bivalves” — [&hellip
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