5 Great Sodas in NYC

Categories: Drink Up

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An egg cream from Brooklyn Farmacy

Now that the days of dropping five bucks on a jumbo, movie theater Coke will be going the way of smoking in bars, New Yorkers might want to consider a carbonation contingency plan. Despite Mayor Bloomberg's approved soda ban, plenty of NYC restaurants are crafting their own sodas in-house. Although they might not have the Yellow 5 punch of an original Mountain Dew, most of them do have super fresh, often seasonal, and generally better-for-you ingredients.

Here are five NYC spots putting their own spin on soda:

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ABC Kitchen
Local? Check. Organic? Check. The ability to lust over an expensive cashmere throw after lunch? Check. ABC Kitchen, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's ode to fresh-from-the-greenmarket fare, is home to a menu of sophisticated, in-season dishes and a bar that follows suit. While the offerings change often (we weren't kidding about seasonality), a recent favorite is the Cherry Citrus Soda. The drink is like a tangy, grown-up, bubbly Hawaiian Punch. 35 East 18th Street, 212-475-5829






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Mallory Stuchin
Back Forty West
When Savoy, the charming neighborhood favorite, shuttered for good, its longtime Soho fans feared that their days of farm-to-table everything were over. Fortunately, Peter Hoffman turned the spot into Back Forty West. Although not exactly billed as soda, the house-made lemonade is a tart blast of fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and sparkling water. The drink isn't always on the menu, but the bar is usually happy to make a fresh one on the spot. Grab side-by-side seats in the downstairs dining room as you sip and people-watch the afternoon away. 70 Prince Street, 212-219-8570


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Pok Pok Ny
As Andy Ricker's Thai spot continues to gain momentum, so does its drinks menu. Pok Pok Ny serves sodas doused with house-made vinegars: apple, honey, tamarind, and pomegranate. Although you might cringe at the thought of drinking something so sour, when diluted correctly, the vinegars are sweet with a mild, vinegary finish. If buying a bottle to drink at home, mix your beverage as they do at the restaurant: four ounces of soda water to one ounce of vinegar. An ounce of Bourbon wouldn't hurt either. 127 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, 718-923-9322


Location Info

Pok Pok NY

127 Columbia St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Back Forty West

70 Prince St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

ABC Kitchen

35 E. 18th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Bubby's

120 Hudson St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain

513 Henry St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

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4 comments
The_Yeti_Knows
The_Yeti_Knows

Whatever you do don't make a sour one and call it " innocence of Muslimz " might end up resulting in dozens of frothy beards and sore tummies the world over.

DAda
DAda

Daddy Bloomberg is alright with this, as long as you take one sip and leave. And then put your finger down your throat to barf it up

bobdobolina
bobdobolina

@villagevoice I know a place that still sells Big Glugs. You need to know someone...

Sean Fischer
Sean Fischer

I just gave up soda, and you have to put this out.

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