Archive for the ‘bar’ Category


Sangria Gets a Makeover

June 12, 2008

I love sangria as it is (my favorite is at Tapeo 29!), and I don’t particularly think it needs a makeover. But it’s interesting to see a bunch of NYC drink-spots putting a spin on the classic drink. From the dry-sherry sangria at Suba to the deep-red-beet version at Tailor to the green mango and apricot at Rayuela, mixologists (did I really just use that word?) all over town are going sangria-wild.

Check out the entire, BEAUTIFUL slideshow here.


Drinking Outdoors

May 1, 2008

One of the silliest rules in the US is that we can’t drink outdoors—I loved taking a few beers or a bottle of wine to the park when living abroad. But, I guess that’s one of the reasons NYers are desperate to find outdoor drinking spots. Here’s a new one I just heard about: Elizabeth just opened on… yeah, Elizabeth Street in Nolita. It sounds lovely—a bar in the middle of a garden with greenery and fountains and all. It’s had some mixed reviews on Chow, and it sounds expensive, but plant me on a bench with a cocktail on a warm night and I’ll be happy.

Sidenote, for all my Brooklyn loves, here’s a list of outdoor/garden bars and restaurants. I’d trek across the river to try some of these out.


Say Cheese!

February 28, 2008


This charcoal slate cheese board (via The Kitchn) is genius – no more poking at different cheeses and looking quizzically at your host… “Is this camembert?” I love it. It also remind me that I walked past one of my favorite LES tapas bars, Tapeo 29, and saw a sign that on Tuesdays you can taste a few different wines and try some Spanish cheeses… no idea if this is free, but they didn’t include a price on the sign. Must put on the Things-to-Do list.


New Spanish Wine Bar in East Village

February 7, 2008


I have a thing for Spanish wine—that’s probably because it’s the only wine that I really know anything about. After traveling there a few times, I know what I like. But when it comes to Italian or French wines, I swear it’s another language. So I’m really happy to read in the NY Times that there’s a new Spanish wine bar in the E. Village.

PATA NEGRA Rafael Mateo has carved out a niche of Spain with his East Village wine bar, which opens on Friday: 345 East 12th Street, (212) 228-1696.

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Sake Bombs!

January 7, 2008


I went to a lovely little sake joint called Satsko this weekend on E. 7th St between B and C (they seem to also have a restaurant on Eldridge St.). Small and cozy with great atmosphere, not too loud, and bright enough to actually see your friends’ faces. Yay! Plus, the sake was really delicious. I did my first sake bomb ever, which was hysterically fun. And then we sipped some yummy, cold sake – which was another first for me. The bartender was extremely helpful in helping out a bunch of sake novices. And I was very excited to try some since I had just given my brother a bottle of cold sake for Christmas from Sakaya, a shop on E. 9th St. that sells only sake and has weekly tastings. Apparently the best sake is served cold because that means it’s made from the most refined rice grains (or something like that). I like the refined kind, but I don’t know if I’ll be doing another sake bomb in the near future.

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I’m Broke Because of Beer

November 1, 2007


I saw this thing called the Drink-O-Meter on Imbible, and decided to play along. According to my results, I’ve consumed 2254.98 drinks (but this has to be way off b/c it somehow calculated that at 24 I have 7-years of legal drinking… it must be European site) and spent a whopping $9019.92. Yikes. Scary… but I believe it in this city. However, I was sort of disappointed because they rated me “Chelsea Clinton” status, which I completely don’t understand?? What does she have to do with drinking? More fun facts: the amount of drinks I’ve consumed could fill 6.59 bath tubs, and could purchase .05 Ferraris. So strange. What did you score?

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Take a Shot for Every “Sexy Nurse” You See

October 11, 2007


I am immersed in the holidays at work—since the magazine publishes so far ahead of time, we’re already done with Christmas! But I must remind myself that it is only October, and focus, FOCUS, on Halloween. I have no idea what I’m going to be. I usually borrow something from the closet at work and make a silly outfit—I’ve been hoarding a coconut bra and hula skirt for a year straight now. But whatever I throw together, I’d love to have these Halloween drinking glasses and shot glasses that I saw at Black*Eiffel to celebrate. And they’re super easy to make! Matthew Mead has templates you can download at his site, and then you just have to cut out the shapes from black masking tape. He also provided a very orange cocktail to treat your guests.

1 ½ oz Vodka
1 ½ oz Triple Sec
1 oz Carrot Juice
1 oz Citrus Energy Drink

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and stir. Strain over ice into prepared balloon glasses. Garnish with an orange wheel, and serve. Yum, yum.