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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

Leave it to me to visit one of the best new speakeasies and not even have a cocktail. I studied the menu and watched the bartenders work their magic at Karasu, hidden behind the local restaurant Walter’s, but I didn’t order a drink because I was on my way to give a tour (and I try to stay somewhat sober for those). But I came here to check out the place (which is awesome) and have some dinner.  The food, like the cocktails, are Japanese-inspired. And the softly breaded and incredibly tender fried chicken pieces with dipping sauces almost makes up for the lack of alcohol. Price: $11
KARASU
166 Dekalb Avenue (at Cumberland Street),
Behind Walter’s Restaurant
(347) 223-4811
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
karasubk.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…
Flirtibird at ANGEL'S SHARE

Angel’s Share, a Japanese owned and influenced bar, was the first of the modern day speakeasies to open in this city. It’s still going strong more than 25 years later and is still somewhat of a secret. I won’t tell you exactly where it is (although see the address below) but I will tell you to definitely order the Flirtibird. While all the cocktails are great, this concoction of barley shochu and yuzu juice is really something special. It has a tart plum salt rim and a unique garnish of shiso leaf. It has lots of flavors going on, but the most prevalent one is deliciousness.

ANGEL’S SHARE
8 Stuyvesant Street (between East 9th Street and Third Avenue),
Upstairs behind Village Yokocho
(212) 777-5415
East Village

Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NY Craft Cocktail Tour explores the craft cocktail culture of New York from local distilleries to specialty spirit shops to amazing cocktail bars and speakeasies. 

We’ve all heard about this revival in speakeasy-type hidden bars. Well, the first to do it here in New York was about 25 years ago and it was so clandestine, that many New Yorkers still don’t know about it. Angel’s Share (which refers to the lost bit of bourbon that evaporates during the aging process) is hidden behind a Japanese izakaya in the East Village and makes some amazingly inventive cocktails.

Angel’s Share


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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NY Craft Cocktail Tour explores the craft cocktail culture of New York from local distilleries to specialty spirit shops to amazing cocktail bars and speakeasies. 

One of the most iconic off Broadway theaters is the Public Theatre with their massive theater complex just north of Astor Place. But many theatergoers have no idea that there is a psuedo-hidden restaurant and cocktail lounge inside the complex. It’s open to the public (and Public Theater attendees) and serves fantastic old-style cocktails like vinegar-based shrubs. Learn more about craft cocktails on the new NY Craft Cocktail Tour that I designed.

The Library at The Public


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

ATTABOY, 134 Eldridge Street (between Delancey and Broome Street), Lower East Side

The Black Watch cocktail isn’t listed on Attaboy’s menu because the unmarked cocktail bar doesn’t have a menu or even a regular roster of cocktails. What it does have are skilled bartenders who can whip up something great based on how you’re feeling. Our bartender (Brandon) was amazing. He listened to what kind of cocktails we were in the mood for, mixed up something from his back pocket, and then without an iota of pretention had a conversation with us about the drinks.

When Milk & Honey, the pioneer in throwback speakeasy cocktail bars (you originally needed an unlisted phone number to gain access) moved uptown, Attaboy opened in its place. A year later on New Year’s Eve, I finally got to visit it and I can say it’s just as good and as much as fun as the first time I discovered the narrow little bar hidden behind a mysterious gray door on the outskirts of Chinatown.

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For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100. Let the gluttony continue…

One evening, we walked by Death & Company (my favorite cocktail bar) on our way to their sister bar Amor y Amargo. And who was standing outside? My old friend (he’s younger than me actually) from college, Fletch. No, not Chevy Chase.

Fletch wasn’t standing outside the immensely popular cocktail lounge waiting for a table. He was the guy who determines if people get a table or not. While he’s stronger than me, bouncer wouldn’t be the exact word. More like amicable, charming gatekeeper.

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