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For the fourth year in a row, I present the 100 most exciting dishes I’ve consumed during my food adventures around the five boroughs. Look for another five dishes every few days.

Liquid diets in the nutrition world might be a positive thing when you’re blending kale, bananas, and the like. But a liquid diet of liquor, we can all agree is probably not a good idea.  Yet balance it with some nutritious food and ingest it in moderation, there’s nothing like a little good old fashioned booze. Especially when it’s artfully combined with other libations for a smooth, flavorful cocktail. Here are five intoxicating favorites of mine.

NUMBER 45: SWEET TOMATO at BRUSHSTROKE/ICHIMURA

SADLY, ICHIMURA IS NOW CLOSED.

Sweet Tomato at BRUSHSTROKE/ICHIMURA

I’ve never understood the appeal of Bloody Marys. Perhaps to nurse a bad hangover, but it always seemed like drinking spiked tomato sauce. Add some pasta and I’m on board. No carbs were needed in this surprising seasonal drink at David Bouley’s two-in-one restaurants Brushstroke and Ichimura. Much lighter and sweeter than a traditional Bloody Mary, this cocktail features muddled fresh tomatoes (with the seeds), rice vodka, lemon juice, and a salted rim. If all Bloody Marys had this lightness with a complex sweet/salty/umami finish, then I’d be its biggest advocate. Price: $15

BRUSHSTROKE/ICHIMURA
30 Hudson Street (at Duane Street),
Tribeca

(212) 791-3771
davidbouley.com/brushstroke-main

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Village Voice's Holiday SpiritsOutside of beer, I don’t spend too much time writing about drinks on this blog. But I love a good cocktail and oftentimes a local bar creates a libation that is so complexly flavored and constructed that I have to take note. And beyond that, the local distilling scene is growing very quickly with businesses making everything from small batch gin to rum to hibiscus liqueur.

So naturally Village Voice has added a new tasting event to showcase those purveyors. Similarly to their successful Choice Eats and Brooklyn Pour events, Holiday Spirits will feature local businesses pouring cocktails and tastes of their wares. The event will take place on Thursday, December 5 from 7:30-10:30 at Studio Square in Astoria. Tickets, along with more information, can be obtained at the website here. This is a perfect way to start off the holiday season with some warming potables.


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