Eating soba is an art in itself. It’s not complicated, but certain measures should be taken to ensure the best experience.
Soba — literally translating into buckwheat in Japanese — is often served chilled with a dipping sauce, because unlike other noodles, soaking soba in hot soup will change the noodles’ consistency. But that doesn’t mean that soba can’t be served in hot broth.
Tucked in the Lower East Side, Cocoron aims to offer healthy Japanese home cooking that will lift your spirits, inducing the “heartwarming” feeling that its name translates into. The space is small and the tables are packed closely together — typical of Manhattan restaurants — but the dark walls create a calm, comfortable ambiance.
It's all about the bourbon this September, when we all get to celebrate National Bourbon Month. Nix your typical vodka cocktails for some strong brown spirits. We've let you know where the most innovative and delicious bourbon cocktails are served around the city, as well as DIY recipes to try on your own. Good luck and enjoy!
Lowcountry serves up a plethora of bourbon laden 'tails. Try out their Lowcountry Old Fashioned (Four Roses Bourbon, Orange, Brandy Cherry), Bourbon Dark & Stormy (Rebel Yell Bourbon, Lime, Ginger Beer, Molasses), Sazarac (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Absinthe, Orange Bitter), Triple-B (Blueberry Shrub, Buffalo Trace, Bourbon, St. Germain, Cava), Lowcountry Iced Tea (Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon, Mint, Lemon, Blackberry Shrub), Ginger Julep (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Jalapeno, Ginger, Mint, Ginger Ale), and last but not least, the Vanilla Chai Manhattan (Vanilla Chai infused Bourbon, Sweet Vermout, Brown Sugar). The Tangled Vine offers two essential bourbon cocktails, The Amsterdam Ave (1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon, Cherry Heering, Maraschino Liquor, lemon, $14) and the Collins (1792 Bourbon, lemon, club soda, $12). Northeast Kingdom in Bushwick let's patrons try out their Old Bushwick Cocktail (Jim Beam, bitters, lime, $9), while Casa Nonna makes The Tuscan (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, peach honey syrup, Marreti Biscotti liquor, bitters, $14).
With fall in full swing, expect not only for leaves to change colors and temperatures to be turning but a slew of new restaurants and bars to be popping up all over town. Foodies and cocktail aficionados, this one's for you. Nosh on sushi and sake in Soho, hit Flatiron to sip classic cocktails at one of our favorite drinks-only lounges and a brand new Whisky bar and Tequila and Mezcal mavens can celebrate Mexico's independence at hot, Hell's Kitchen Tequileria, Anejo. Kampai. Cheers. Salud. Here's the line-up:Trump It Up
Today, Friday, September 14th debuts Koi Soho at The Trump Soho New York.
Koi SoHo dishes out an innovative take on the art of food in a luxurious and sensual dining oasis. Japanese foodies can indulge on artfully plated items like Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, Baked Crab Rolls and Miso-Bronzed Black Cod while sinking into a serene urban oasis style environment. The well-thought out wine list is global, featuring domestic and international selections. A selection of Ports, Cognacs and Armagnac’s are also available. The creative and tasty cocktails including specialty, classic, tropical and sake inspired blends provoke the adventurous side of one’s palette.
The house specialty is the Koi-Tini featuring Cointreau, pomegranate juice, orange juice and sparkling wine. Koi SoHo is located at Trump SoHo at 246 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013.
For additional information please visit www.KoiRestaurant.com.
Flatiron Room takes a Nod from Flatiron Lounge?
At least in the name game it does. The newly opened Whisky bar definitely pulled a doozy by dubbing its hub so similarly after the long time, well-respected all cocktail haven a la Flatiron Lounge. Hopefully FR's 500+ Whisky list is enough to lure in avid cocktail connoisseurs (aka, Julie Reiner groupies; Reiner owns sipping hot spots like Flatiron Lounge, Clover Club and Lani Kai).
At Flatiron Room, dram fans can sip on selections like Macallan 10 and Balvenie 21 year Port Wood while enjoying nightly rotating jazz performances, cozy brown-wood laden decor and a balcony tasting room. Rye ballers can flash and cash their way through bottles worth thousands like The John Walker that goes for a steep $4500. But, If sippin' this brown spirit solely seems daunting, order up one of the pre-made cocktails and nosh on items like oysters and charcuterie. Once you've had enough of Whisky a-go-go, we recommend walking a couple blocks over and ordering a seriously legit, hand-crafted Manhattan, Old Cuban or Siegert's Swizzle from the Flatiron Lounge. See and sip how it's really done.
Flatiron Room is located at 37 W. 26th St. www.flatironroom.com.
Flatiron Lounge is located at 37 W 19th St. (between Avenue Of The Americas & 5th Ave) www.flatironlounge.com.
Celebrate Mexican Independence
On September 16, 1810 the church bells rang in the small town of Dolores, signifying the official start of Mexico’s War of Independence from Spain. This Saturday, September 15th Hell's Kitchen Tequileria, Anejo will be toasting to Mexican Independence Day with a special 4-course dinner including Tequila, Mezcal and cocktail pairings for $65/person. Agave fans will enjoy custom cocktails by Beverage Manager, Joshua Wortman and taste their way through well and lesser known Mexican spirits while learning about the rustic beginnings of traditional mezcal production through modern distillation of both mezcal and tequila.
Añejo Tequileria y Restaurante is located at 668 10th Avenue (at 47th Street) 4 Course Dinner including Tequila, Mezcal and Cocktail Pairing $65 per person Guests are invited to stay at Añejo after the meal for a restaurant-wide celebration. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org 212-920-4771
Las Vegas may be the place to party, but for a relaxing and intriguing cocktail, Scottsdale, Arizona is the place to go. If you 're looking to sip on a pleasant bourbon beverage in honor of National Bourbon Month, The JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa has you covered. Enjoy the delicious Cowboy Killer Manhattan, so either head on over to order one up, or make your own!
Cowboy Killer Manhattan
2 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1 oz. Grand Marnier
6 ea Grand Marnier soaked Morello Cherries
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 Grand Marnier soaked Morello Cherry Pick For Garnish
1. Muddle Cherries with a two dashes of bitters
2. Add remaining ingredients then ice and shake vigorously
3. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with Morello Cherry Pick
Pilsener Haus & Biergarten in Hoboken, NJ is stepping it up a notch with their 4000 sq. ft. second floor loft space, Kolo Klub. Barmen Michael Neff and Kenneth McCoy will be consulting on the opening cocktail program for the new space, introducing Hoboken to a new level of mixology. On Friday and Saturday nights until 2am, Kolo Klub will be boasting the ultimate cocktail experience where guests can try artisanal libations and nibble on small bites.
Drinking. Ah, drinking. All day. All night. You know what it does to you; how it makes you feel and act, however different from the recap your friends give. Conversations are better, and food is absolutely better. Health conscious drinkers may end the night with a series of drunken crunches, but why not take note of what you’re putting into your body instead of trying to make up for it with 3 or 4 lousy minutes of a painfully sobering workout?
Gizmodo’s certified nutritionist Maren Robinson took a look at the best and worse drinks for your health, while keeping in mind that any amount of alcohol consumption will have more or less the same effect on your night.
NYC’s humid summers can make your afternoon stroll seem like a lifetime; especially when your destination is nowhere in particular. To help make a point of getting out of the apartment with purpose, consider these new openings throughout the city.
All over Brooklyn, the fire hydrants have been popping open, cooling off the cement enough for you to make your way to The Well, located on 272 Meserole St. This new 4,000-square foot public house is accompanied by an 11,000-square-foot backyard making it the ultimate neighborhood hangout. The Well offers live music, 60 beers on tap, and 200 beers in bottles.