The 10 Best Winter Cocktails in NYC

Categories: Our 10 Best

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Park Avenue Winter via Facebook
Why should Champagne have all the fun? When it's time to get festive, folks always want to reach for the bubbly. But beware: Projectile corks kill up to two dozen people a year. This year you owe it to yourself (and the ones you hold dear) to embrace the holiday spirit with a non-pop-topped tipple. Safety first, after all. Besides, this is the era of inventive cocktails. Check out our list of the 10 best winter cocktails in NYC right now, each worth savoring during this celebratory season, or warming up with once the holiday glow is gone.

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Here's an Early Taste of the Surprisingly Affordable Concord Hill

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Concord Hill via Facebook
Concord Hill (374 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn; 347-463-9322) looks like almost every other restaurant opened recently. It's minimally designed, with wooden floors and wooden tables and incandescent lighting. In short, it has that Ace Hotel-like look that everyone seems to strive for. But it was opened by a partner in the always reliable Westville chain, and 48 hours removed from my meal, I'm still thinking about it.

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Gift Guide 2014: Five NYC-Based Healthy Cookbooks

Categories: Cookbook Corner

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Emeraldhorticulture for Wikimedia Commons
New Year's is quickly approaching, which means lofty resolutions are about to commence. After months of indulging on baked goods and booze, chances are there's someone in your life who's going to attempt to turn over a nutritious new leaf starting on January 1 -- and you probably already know who it's going to be. Push them ahead with the gift of nutritious recipes. Here are the five best new healthy cookbooks, from NYC-based authors.

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Get Ready for Holiday Feasting at East Harlem's La Cabaña

Categories: ¡Oye! Comida

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Scarlett Lindeman for the Village Voice
On a corner in East Harlem is La Cabaña (2277 First Avenue), a small restaurant with just a few tables that is, nonetheless, roomier than most bodegas-cum-taquerias that have you leaning into shelves of dry goods. There's a steam table of various stews, and a capacious kitchen, by New York standards. The waitress invites you to come take a peek at the ripples of beef in salsa verde with strips of nopales, the steamed rice dotted with diced carrot and peas, the pork spareribs sporting Christmas colors in a salsa of green tomatillos with flecks of red chile de arbol, and the two kinds of beans. She uncovers the compartments with a Vanna White flair.

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Here's an Early Taste of the Spectacular Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

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Photos by Laura Shunk, the Village Voice
Korean barbecue is always more of a spectacle than sitting down to dinner at most restaurants, but that's especially true at Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong (319 Fifth Avenue, 212-966-9839), the Manhattan outpost of a South Korean chain that already has locations in Flushing, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.

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Recipe: This Layered Drink Features Manzanilla Sherry and Pear Liqueur

Categories: Good Call

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Courtesy Christopher Barry/The Musket Room
La Perla
Sick of your usual call drink? Try something new. In this series, we're asking the city's bartenders to name their current drinks of choice. Check out our Good Call archives for another round.

Today's call comes by way of Christopher Barry, beverage director at The Musket Room (265 Elizabeth Street; 212-219-0764).

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Sugar Couture Brings Original Sweet and Savory Pastries to East Williamsburg

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All photos courtesy Sugar Couture
White Chocolate Flower Cake
Since 2004, Penny Stankiewicz has been decorating cakes for a wide range of celebrities: Tony Bennett, John Mayer, Wyclef Jean, Hugh Jackman, Adele, Haylie Duff, Russell Simmons, Betsey Johnson, Donna Karan. Her work has been featured on Life in the Fab Lane with Kimora Lee Simmons and My Fair Wedding with David Tutera, and in print publications ranging from the New York Times to The Knot. Now the celebrated cake decorator is offering a taste of her sweet and savory treats to everyone at her first retail outlet, Sugar Couture (386 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-349-1440).

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Why You Should Give the Gift of California Wine

Categories: Unscrewed

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Lauren Mowery for the Village Voice
Vineyards of Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara
Instead of the usual roundup of the year's best booze and wine books, all recommended without consideration for the delicious drops of liquid to which each tome pays homage, I've decided to run a series of reviews that include an appropriate pairing. Because what's the point of reading about wine if you can't simultaneously taste it? This is part three of your 2014 wine pairing gift guide.

Today's topic: California.

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The 12 Best Places to Spend New Year's Eve in NYC, 2014 Edition

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Courtesy The Happiest Hour
Burger, fries, and a cocktail for $20. The Happiest Hour's NYE deal is hard to beat.

So long, 2014. We hope you checked off all of your culinary to-dos, whether that meant having one last meal at WD~50 before it closed, or spending a lunch break at Eataly's now-shuttered Nutella Cafe. And if you missed one, well, don't think about it too hard -- next year holds more delicious promise. So out with the old, and in with the new -- and no better way to set a tasty tone for the year than by ringing in 2015 while eating and drinking very, very well. Here's where.

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Have Money, Will Travel...65 Floors Up: The Rainbow Room Rises Again, All Shiny and Classy!

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All photos by Bradley Hawks for the Village Voice
If ever there were a restaurant lavatory befitting a bathroom attendant, surely the loo at the Rainbow Room (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-632-5000) would be it. Aside from said attendant, however, neither gender's quarters are what I'd call lavish, hidden one flight up from the landmark ballroom's perch near the pinnacle of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, accessed by narrow stairways that necessitate an awkward shimmy when more than one person traverses them. The archaic staffing choice still smacks of classism, even in the rarefied air up here. It's an awkward practice for modern times, but thankfully it's one of the only retro touches that rings obsolete rather than charming at this newly overhauled bastion of New York style. I have no quarrel, for instance, with the jackets-only policy for men. It classes up the joint a bit, though unfortunately they're not equipped with loaners just yet, so a surprise call letting me know I'd been upgraded off the waitlist occasioned an emergency shopping trip. Women aren't so restricted -- everything from formal dresses to knit sweaters are allowed. All that said, not even patrons clad in potato sacks could detract from the elegance of the iconic space.

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