Like permission to wear white, Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off pink wine drinking season, although many of us are partial to doing both year-round. If you're grounded in the city over the holiday, here are three spots to get your summer rosé drink-a-thon started.
Image by Katie Burton Rosés at the Gander
Celebrate "Hip, Hip Rosé" at the Gander (15 West 18th Street; 212-229-9500)
If your drinking can't wait until five o'clock, the Gander's got your back. Chef and owner Jesse Schenker has launched a summer special in the Bar Room called "Hip Hip Rosé!" which features $25 bottles of pink drink from around the world, every day, starting at 2:30 p.m. Wines hail from Italy, New York, Greece, and even the Republic of Georgia, like Pheasant's Tears Tavkeri Rosé, 2013. Other selections include a crisp, pale Provençal version from Chateau de Roquefort, and a bright, berry-scented Txakolina from Ameztoi Rubentis out of Spain's Basque region.
The list is curated to complement the new Bar Room menu, highlights of which include gnocchi with sofrito, spring peas, and ramps dusted with pecorino; and hamachi collar with worcestershire, radish, and lime.
Drink "Rosé All Damn Day" at Pearl & Ash (220 Bowery; 212-837-2370)
Snag a table early to launch your "Rosé All Damn Day" drinking session on the patio of Bowery hotspot Pearl & Ash. Interesting wines and unique rosé magnums — we expect nothing less from wine director and Renegade Wine Dinner founder Patrick Cappiello and team — will be sourced from their favorite producers. Selections drawing from California to the French pétillant naturels and crémants to Provence will rotate frequently. Offerings include a 2014 Matthiasson from Napa Valley and bubbles by Nathalie Gaubicher out of the Loire Valley. In addition to having the full Pearl & Ash menu available, the restaurant will offer a selection of oysters from either coast (six for $18).
Sample "Rosé All Day" at SixtyFive (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor; 212-632-5000)
If you're stranded in the city on Memorial Day, cheer up. A rare opportunity to drink and dine al fresco with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline has opened up, and you'll have fewer folks to battle for it. On Monday, May 25, SixtyFive, the cocktail bar and lounge steps from the iconic Rainbow Room on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, will host "Rosé All Day." The theme "Rosé All Day" is a misnomer; SixtyFive doesn't open until 5 p.m., although specials run until midnight, effectively giving you a seven-hour drinking "day."
Glasses of sparkling rosé and prosecco will be on offer for $10 all night, while wine flights of Fritsch rosé of Zweigelt, Josep Foraster cava rosé, and Sakura Emaki sake rosé will be available for $15 (two-ounce pours of each). Complement your wine with bites from the recently launched small-plates menu, with dishes like spicy tuna tacos with smoked ancho mayo, and fried garlic or langoustine tartare with peanut, tofu, and chilled tom yum broth.