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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

Much like the Shark Eye at Mother of Pearl and a Bloody Mary (or Red Snapper) at Old King Cole Bar, the Sakagura Martini has become the stuff of NYC cocktail legend and in just a matter of a year. While it is very visual and Instagram-ready (if you can find the right light and angle), the drink is simplicity itself. Except you might not have thought of combining gin, sake, and maraschino liqueur for a smooth subtle martini twist. And garnished with a preserved cherry blossom, you’ll completely forget olives ever existed. Price: $16

BAR GOTO
245 Eldridge Street (between East Houston and Stanton Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 475-4411
bargoto.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

You may have seen cans of Rise Coffee in local grocery stores around New York, but they actually have a little storefront in the Lower East Side. When I say little, I mean it’s basically just a stand that is very easy to miss. But it would be a shame because they serve their nitro cold brew on tap which pours a rich creamy coffee that has less acidity and a smooth sweetness. Price: $4-$5

RISE COFFEE
85 Stanton Street (between Allen and Orchard Street),
Lower East Side
(646) 370-6962
risebrewingco.com

Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

I generally don’t go in for gimmicks – and there are a lot of them in the food world. Granted, I’d be happy to try them but I usually see through them as gimmicks. I was planning to write off the de-constructed latte at the hip and crowded Coffee Project New York as just that, but after I sat and tasted it, I have to admit that it worked.

Although they will serve you a shot of espresso, a cold brew, or cappuccino, the general concept here are different “coffee projects.” As far as I know, since they opened two years ago, they’ve only had two projects. One is a Nitro Flight where they prepare one nitro cold brew black and one nitro cold brew with milk. I didn’t try that one.

The “project” that I tried is the one that has gotten them a lot of press and Instagram fame: the de-constructed latte.

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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

When my wife and son go out of town to visit family like they did recently, my first thought is “What cocktail bar can I check out?” Since I am always at home being a good dad in the evenings when I’m not working, I find it hard to explore the cocktail scene like I used to.

I knew all about The Up & Up and it has been high on my list of spots to visit well before my son was born earlier this year. Just never made it. Now that I had the city to myself, it was time to finally stop in.

The Up & Up is a great bar. First off, it’s intimate but spacious providing a refined setting for trying classic or innovative craft cocktails. It looked as though there wouldn’t be a seat for me on a busy Saturday night, but once we started chatting, the door man and owner decided to let me stand at the service bar. Which was much appreciated since this was my rare night out.

The menu was very exciting and normally I would agonize for hours over what to order (and don’t think I didn’t). But one description kept calling my name. It was just weird enough for me. (more…)


Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

This might be a controversial post. This might even bring about some angry comments. But I’m ready for that. I don’t think anyone will have issue with the drink I will be talking about, but some may balk at the coffee shop that created it.

When I randomly peeked my head into Clever Blend, a new coffee shop in the old Gorilla space in Park Slope, I was taken by their Toasted Coconut Cold Brew. It’s funny because I was walking around feeling both tired and thirsty. I was craving both a coffee and a coconut drink at the exact same time. Clever Blend seemed to answer my very specific desire.

I didn’t realize that this coffee shop was the center of some controversy over the last few weeks. I had read about a coffee shop in Brooklyn that put up a questionable sign on their bathroom door but didn’t realize that was here until after I tried and enjoyed their unique iced coffee.

 

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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

While some people are ringing in the New Year’s at a house party or (God forbid) huddled with millions of people in the middle of Times Square, I like to go hopping around to some of the hottest cocktail bars in the city that I have yet to visit.

You might be surprised at how many bars offer their regular menu without an overpriced prix-fixe or cover charge, Those are the ones I like to visit – where it’s business as usual.

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