Our inaugural Holiday Spirits event hit town in 2013, bringing together more than 25 distilleries, many of them local, for a festive cocktail party. We're getting ready to do it again: Holiday Spirits returns to New York City on Thursday, November 20, and this year, it includes a harbor cruise.
Chris Murillo, founder of the Astoria Distilling Company, experienced a rather dramatic transition when he opted to go full-time with his creation, an Old Tom gin dubbed Queens Courage. A former lawyer, Murillo went from hustling through Midtown in a suit one day to wearing jeans and a t-shirt and hauling 50-pound sacks of malt in an upstate distillery the next. The jump from the corporate sector to the world of spirits has paid off: Murillo says he's having a challenging time keeping up with demand from bars and liquor stores across the state for his product. We spoke to Murillo about what makes Queens Courage--and Queens itself--so unique.
In the years following the Cuban Revolution, many of the country's Chinese immigrants traveled north, settling in cities like Miami and New York. More than 50 years later (and over a century after Chinese immigrants first arrived in Cuba), both New York City's Cuban-Chinese restaurants and Havana's Chinatown are slowly fading, which is why Marco Britti's timing couldn't be more perfect. Last month, the Italian restaurateur (Favela Cubana) opened Calle Dão (38 West 39th Street, 212-221-9002), a vintage-styled homage to this niche mash-up cuisine.
The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good meatless grub. Check out this week's pick.
Pasta di castagna at Ornella Trattoria Italiana | Tara Mahadevan
Destination: Ornella Trattoria Italiana (29-17 23rd Avenue, 718-777-9477)
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The Village Voice celebrated its fourth annual Brooklyn Pour at Skylight One Hanson (One Hanson Place, Brooklyn, 718-783-5437) on Saturday, September 27, giving craft beer fans the chance to taste more than 125 beers from 70 breweries, many of which are based right here in New York.
All photos by Patrick Phillips Captain Lawrence Brewing Company's "brew crew" members Rob Reeves (left) and Daniel Schirling pour the Captain's Kolsch to a happy sailor.
Every day is coffee day around here -- we have yet to figure out how to do anything before that sweet, black nectar is coursing through our veins. But we suppose the only thing better than a morning (or afternoon) pick-me-up is a free morning (or afternoon) pick-me-up, so we'll embrace the spirit of National Coffee Day, a momentous occasion that has roasters all over the city offering up complimentary cups of Joe. Here's where to get yours.
Courtesy Michael Breach Lauren Mowery
A few months ago, I had a conversation with a respected wine journalist and Master of Wine that left me incredulous for this person's surprising attitude towards coffee. Asked to expound upon the significant parallels between both drinks, a nascent but certainly timely topic, this industry luminary quipped, "The only thing I care about in my coffee is that it is scalding hot." It wasn't a joke; it was declared almost indignantly. This writer might as well have told me their favorite beer in the world was Bud Light. Maybe this Mad Men-era opinion was earned after multiple decades in the wine industry, but I like to think not; and if you think this way, you are woefully out of date as well.
How could a wine lover and educator, a connoisseur of flavor and devotee to complexity and origin, nonchalantly dismiss another comparably complex, fragile, and nuanced liquid gift from the earth?More »