NYC Beer Week Hits the Home Stretch

Categories: Beer

Brad Japhe
Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Other Half Brewmaster Sam Richardson

The seventh annual NYC Beer Week is heading to the finish line, but it promises to go out with a boisterous bang. The final weekend is punctuated with several standout bashes, tap takeovers, local drink specials, even a whole lamb roast. Here's a few to hit in the home stretch.

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A Craft Concoction From Queens

Anthony Garito
19-33 Lagrrr! by SingleCut Beersmiths

February is drawing to a close and most New Yorkers might be thinking, "Good riddance," as the month was the coldest on record in more than 80 years. While seeing the East River almost completely freeze over is a truly chilling sight, the shortest month of the calendar year was actually a heartwarming time for craft beer enthusiasts. This weekend concludes the Seventh annual NYC Beer Week, and it's been a slow-rolling juggernaut of malt and hops. One of many local players making a splash was Queens-based SingleCut Beersmiths. Their 19-33 Lagrrr! pretty much sums up the temperature range of the past four weeks. It serves as a suitable toast this weekend as we wave goodbye to February and Beer Week.

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Owners of Somtum Der Bring Kiin Thai Eatery to the Village

All photos courtesy Kiin
Nham Prik Ong: Minced pork chili dip made of curry and ripe tomatoes. Served with a set of crispy pork rinds, fried Vietnamese sausage, soft-boiled eggs, carrot, cucumber, cabbage, and coriander.
Years after moving to the States from their native Thailand, Supanee Kitmahawong and Phakphoom (Chris) Sirisuwat would head straight from the airport to their favorite eateries in Bangkok — even after the twenty-plus hours of travel time. That intense yearning gave them an idea: Why not bring authentic regional Thai cuisine to New York? So the owners of Lantern Thai Kitchen decided to do so with highly acclaimed Isan-inspired spot Somtum Der. And just last night, Kitmahawong and Sirisuwat did it again, with the opening of their latest ode to the varied fare of their homeland. Kiin Thai Eatery (36 East 8th Street; 212-529-2363) offers a selection of specialties from the central and northern areas of the country.

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Inside Almond Tribeca, Bringing an Oyster Bar and Small Plates to Franklin Street

All photos by Adam Robb for the Village Voice
Octopus terrine and potatoes receive a splash of chorizo oil at the new Almond Tribeca.

The bread and butter at Almond's original Bridgehampton location are families noshing on gravy fries and oyster chowder. In the Flatiron, it's suits after work digging into burgers and bowls of mussels at the bar, and nearby at L&W Oyster Co., chef Jason Weiner's two-year-old seafood bar, it's lobster deviled eggs and smoked oyster tacos that satisfy. Combine those patrons, those menus, downtown in the cavernous former Kutsher's space, and you've got the third iteration of Almond (186 Franklin Street, 212-431-0606). And to keep everyone happy, including his kitchen staff, the chef has developed his most extensive small-plates menu to date.

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This Weekend's Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC

Categories: Events

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Gluten-free empanadas, anyone?
Will a new month bring better weather to the New York area? Possibly. While you ponder this uncertainty, here are five sure things taking place this weekend.

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George Mendes Wants to Introduce Readers to Portuguese Cuisine in My Portugal

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George Mendes has garnered widespread acclaim for his modern take on Portuguese cuisine at the Michelin-starred Aldea (31 West 17th Street; 212-675-7223). But one of the Connecticut native's earlier trips to Europe didn't go so well; on the winding country roads of Bordeaux, he was in a car accident with his mom, aunt, and sister. That's just one of many tales told about his life and culinary journeys in Mendes's recently released tome, My Portugal: Recipes and Stories. The book interweaves classic Portuguese recipes with dishes from the restaurant and the story of how Mendes came to be one of Food & Wine magazine's ten "Best New Chefs."

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The Ten Best Bowls of Ramen in NYC

Categories: Best of, Ramen

Sara Ventiera for the Village Voice
Few things are more satisfying on a cold winter's day than a steaming-hot bowl of broth. Some are more exciting than others; unless you're sick at home, few of us are getting worked up over a cup of chicken noodle. Ramen, the dorm room staple, on the other hand, has now reached a level of popularity that was once unimaginable. With new ramen joints sprouting up across the city on a near daily basis, though, it's hard to determine which ones are worth the two-hour-plus waits. We've scoured the city to find the ten best ramens in NYC.

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Inside Dullboy, a Jersey City Cocktail Bar From the Team Behind the Garret

All photos by Adam Robb
Dullboy's name and d├ęcor are influenced by Stephen King's The Shining.

Park & Sixth shuttered its original Jersey City sandwich shop last December, and last week reopened as Dullboy (364 Grove Street, 201-795-1628), the downtown neighborhood's first legitimate cocktail destination. And while the bar's name is inspired by a line from Stephen King's The Shining, it's Brian Dowling's cooking that still casts a specter, supplementing a drinks menu developed by his partners in West Village bar the Garret, with snacks like bacon-wrapped cherry tomato tacos, thick-cut rosemary potato chips, and his latest iteration of a monster burger (this time a double bacon cheeseburger smothered in caramelized shallots).

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LoLo's Seafood Shack Offers a Vegetarian Taste of the Caribbean and Cape Cod

Avocado + bake sandwich at LoLo's Seafood Shack | Tara Mahadevan
Step into LoLo's Seafood Shack (303 West 116th Street; 646-649-3356) and you'll be immediately enveloped by island vibes: Bright oranges and blues are splashed on the walls, local colorful artwork is prominently displayed. The interior channels both the Caribbean and Cape Cod, which is fitting since LoLo's serves Caribbean eats with a New England twist.

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Is the LES's Le French Diner the Hippest Neighborhood Restaurant in NYC?

On a recent snowy evening, I had just heard the worst news of the day: Le French Diner (188 Orchard Street, 212-777-1577) was out of stuffed duck neck — damn!

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