It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere: An Interactive Craft Cocktail Experience with Liquor Lab

29177914_10112979466641621_7841167335989679404_nNew York is the quintessential “happy hour” city where people find themselves drinking for any and every occasion, even if it’s not quite 5 o’clock. From your local pub, to the hundreds of dive bars, to the swankiest of cocktail spots,  there is certainly no shortage of watering holes to call your own. And while I’m normally the one ordering my favorite crafty cocktail of choice from any one of my top mixology maisons, recently, I was the one behind the scenes.  Continue reading “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere: An Interactive Craft Cocktail Experience with Liquor Lab”

Brews & Bites – Pith Pops Up At the Bronx Brewery For a Night of Sensory Experience

beerWhen 21 year old Chef Jonah Reider and the guys of Bronx Brewery get together, there’s no doubt it’s going to be an amazing affair. Not just because beer and food are a life staple, but because Reider’s story is one for the books.

Now a senior at Columbia University, Reider founded Pith, a dining experience based out of his Columbia dorm room at Hogan Hall. Yes, you read right – a supper club in his dorm room! With only four spots per seating, and open only four nights per week at his off-campus apartment, the waiting list to dine with Jonah is more than 1,000 people deep. Continue reading “Brews & Bites – Pith Pops Up At the Bronx Brewery For a Night of Sensory Experience”

The Big Guy on Bowery – Tao Group’s new ‘Vandal’ Opens with Major Street Cred

frontFrom uptown to downtown and everywhere in between, the Tao Group has been gracing the New York restaurant scene with glamorous go-to’s for years. Whether it’s the swanky Asian ambiance at Tao Downtown, luxurious lounging at Lavo in Midtown, or a part pawn shop, part speakeasy restaurant on the Lower East Side, Beauty & Essex, Tao Group’s magic touch seems to turn everything to gold – and a definite happening hot spot.

And just when you think they’re done dousing you with fabulousness, Chef Chris Santos (Stanton Social) and the Tao boys combined forces to set up yet another Gotham gem with some serious street cred, Vandal. Continue reading “The Big Guy on Bowery – Tao Group’s new ‘Vandal’ Opens with Major Street Cred”

The Magic of Monte – The Dish on New Drinks at the Holiday Cocktail Lounge

holidayWhat do you get when you mix a badass bartender, a historic watering hole, some Amaro Montenegro (aka “Monte”) and a dinosaur? One kickass cocktail (or maybe several).

When I walked into the Holiday Cocktail Lounge down in the East Village, I really didn’t know what to expect. By the sound of it, I thought I might walk into Santa’s village or a winter wonderland. But much to my surprise, and although the name was deceiving, this night of crafty cocktails and cool conversations was anything but disappointing. Continue reading “The Magic of Monte – The Dish on New Drinks at the Holiday Cocktail Lounge”