Skip the tall boy on your train ride home and stop at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall for some Japanese culture and spirits. Just off the main concourse, Vanderbilt Hall will be transformed into a traditional Japanese tachinomiya for three days, March 19th-21st, during Japan Week. The first ever Japanese pop-up bar will resemble the tachinomiya standing bar that has a long tradition in Japan. These standing bars are found in larger cities, like Tokyo, where it is common for business commuters to stop for a quick drink before boarding their trains in the evening.
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: email@example.com 212-920-4771
New York City is a place where you must always expect the unexpected. There are constantly new clubs, restaurants, boutiques or spas with original concepts to fit the needs of anyone and everyone. It should come as no surprise that the wacky spa treatments we’ve found are just another aspect of our big metropolis and its quirky extravagance. We’ve listed some of the weirdest spa treatments around the city that you’ve got to try! Give one of these 4 a whirl and tell us what you think.
Nowadays you can’t go to a bar without seeing an array of Pinnacle Vodka bottles. Pinnacle comes in 30 different flavors (including vodka flavored vodka). Pinnacle isn’t alone. All the major vodka companies, Three Olives, Absolut, and others have flavored vodkas that have branched away from simple fruit-infused flavors. Our cocktail menu has become inundated with cake vodka, cookie dough vodka, and everyone’s favorite whipped cream vodka. Even something as timeless as a highball glass full of whiskey can be bacon-infused. The infused liquor trend is bound to continue as companies try to out do their competition with more creative, and most likely strange, flavors. Imagine Willy Wonkas’ 3-course chewing gum was in liquor form. Why eat when you can knock back some shots instead? Your other choice is to eat actual foods that are prepared by adding liquor to their recipes. No matter your DOC (drink of choice), unless you regularly drink Three Olives Bubble Gum, you’ll be able to find a delicious meal or snack using whatever liquor wets your whistle best.
Wine tastings and pairings have been so overdone to the point of being passé. Au courant beverage aficionados have now started turning to other spirits and liqueurs to pair with a variety of foods, such as Sake. If your idea of Sake is solely something to be drunk out of dollhouse-sized cups while scarfing down a California Roll at your neighborhood sushi bar like tequila shots and tacos on Cinco de Mayo, then Morgan Hartman wants to talk to you. As a member of a community of less than one hundred certified Level II Sake Specialists in the world, Hartman is making it her passion to educate Westerners about Japan’s signature alcoholic beverage, which is quickly becoming recognized as being on par with grape wines in sophistication and maybe even surpassing them in versatility. On October 6th, be prepared to be schooled on the intricacies of Sake by Hartman, herself, at Sake at Sundown, hosted by United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival.
The event, whose proceeds will benefit United Way Miami-Dade’s various local projects in education, financial stability, and health, will be held at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar located in Miami’s arts district and one of the coolest neighborhoods in South Florida. A formal sit-down tasting, guests will sample three distinct Sakes that will be masterfully paired with dishes from Chef Miguel Aguilar’s new Latin-inspired menu. Diners will also get to stroll among Wynwood Kitchen & Bar’s open-air art park. What better way to spend a Thursday evening than with great food, premium Sakes curated by an expert, a chic ambiance, and the knowledge that your unforgettable evening is helping a worthy cause? I’m at a loss to find anything remotely comparable!
Sake at Sundown
Presented by United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival
Thursday, October 6th, 2011
6:00 – 6:30 reception
6:30 – 8:30 Sake and food pairing
$55 per person
$100 per couple
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
2550 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127 www.wynwoodkitchenandbar.com
For more information, and to purchase tickets, please click here
You may not be exactly sure why Brittany Murphy giggled and cried uncontrollably over her bowl of noodle soup in “Ramen Girl.” You may be hungry and a bit chilly as the Fall weather hits and can't decide what to do about it. You may be saving up for a seat or two at the Yankee's next game. You may even be an unfortunate combination of all three.
Menchanko Tei is the solution. Just a quick subway trip to one of two midtown locations—one on 45th between Lex and 3rd, the other on 53rd between 5th and 6th—will solve all three dilemmas at once. These two cozy, bustling noodle houses provide diners with a variety of soul-warming, affordable soup options sumptuous enough to make anyone smile (if giggling isn't your style).
Sushi is a Japanese dish of cooked vinegar flavored rice lined with seaweed and stuffed with an array of ingredients from vegetables to seafood that is then rolled into a log and sliced into several pieces. In the last decade sushi has rapidly become an American favorite. What could be better than going out to eat sushi? How about learning how to make sushi at home?
Beginning August 13, 2011, China Grill Fort Lauderdale Marina will offer a Sake, Maki, and Roll sushi school on the second Saturday of each month. Students will participate in a class that combines tasting, teaching, and preparation. Instruction will given on the art of sushi making accompanied by a tasting of five Ty-Ku sakes and liqueurs paired with signature selections from the restaurant. Students will also learn the basics for at-home sushi preparation with hands-on sushi rolling instruction given by Executive Sushi Chef Songphon Rawangphan. As an added treat, guests will receive a take-home gift. Attending Sake, Maki, and Roll sushi school is a fun alternative to a typical Saturday afternoon, and the variety of activities and interactive lessons make the class an impressive event to attend with your friends and/or love interest.
There are billions of different people on this planet, and there is probably a different type of mule cocktail for each one. This particular flavor is known as the Tibetan Mule and goes down just a little too easy. But when has that ever been a problem? This drink takes a little more effort than popping the cap off of a bottle but it is so worth it. its not too sweet (and it doesn't cost 15 dollars per glass) and its a great way to treat your friends.
4 chunks of pineapple
2 tsp lime juice
1 oz pineappple infused vodka
1/2 oz sake
Brazilian inspired sushi and hand rolls have arrived on the beach! Kone Temaki Sake Lounge speacializes in it's delivery of Japanese delicacy temaki, with a twist by way of Brazil. Offering 30 different versions of Brazil's sushi kones, there's no shortage of variation. The menu offers a number of playful selections, big cones wearing titles like "Crazy Cone" and another, (specially cut) the "Shaggy Dog". For those who want to play it safe, there are about a dozen tradition sushi rolls as well. The lounge also boast an inexpensive menu -- cones averaging $8, sushi rolls $6-$10 and starters less than that. Seafood fanatics will thoroughly enjoy the lounge's starters, as favorites such as shrimp and vegetable tempura, seaweed salad, miso soup and fried baby octopus are all present on the menu. Don't fret, the lounge isn't short on desserts either, for those craving a bit more than sushi. The Lounge also offers sweet waffle cones filled with chocolate sauce and topped with ice cream to continue the cone theme.