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National Lager Day and the Best Craft Bars in NYC

There’s never a bad time to enjoy a refreshing cold beer, but on December 10th, make your favorite flavor known and raise a glass to National Lager Day. Craft beers have flooded bars around the world in recent years, becoming a culture all their own and allowing beer drinkers to branch ot and try new styles of beer they had never before considered. Whether you’re a beer enthusiast or just a casual consumer, there’s likely to be a craft brew out there that’s a perfect pour for you. If you’re looking to discover your next great pint, check out this list of some of New York’s finest craft breweries and celebrate National Lager Day the right way, with a glass in your hand.

Start your National Lager Day early with a trip to The Vander Bar at The Roosevelt today and pour yourself a special seasonal Brooklyn lager, brewed by locals for enjoyment in New York city. Then come back tomorrow and add the Madison Club Lounge to your list for a perfect brew paired with a meal that compliments fans of hops and malts alike.

Blind Tiger Ale House

281 Bleecker St. (at Jones St.)

When you think of great craft beer in New York City, there’s one name known from SoHo to the West Villages: Blind Tiger. This cozy pub has been serving up fresh drafts and delicious microbrews since 1995 and offers an impressive array of brews alongside fun events like meet-the-brewers nights. For something a little more filling, try the incredible bar menu.

Proletariat

102 St. Marks Pl. (between 1st Ave. and Ave. A)

The best craft beer is brewed in small batches and served in small taprooms. At Proletariat a cozy barroom consisting of just 10 stools makes simplicity its mantra, serving up a variety of bottles alongside a delicious menu of 10 rotating drafts from across the country.

Alewife Queens

5-14 51st Ave. Long Island City, NY

This Long Island gem is the place to go if you’re looking for hard to find brews. With a selection of 28 taps dispensing everything from old world classics to new American brews, Alewife offers a charming location with a balanced selection to please every palette. With the holiday season in full swing, Alewife can even host your next holiday party and make it warm and bubbly.

Bronx Alehouse

216 W 238th St, Bronx, NY 10463

One of the greatest reasons to visit the Bronx, this world-class bar pours a pint for every patron and encourages all of its visitors to try a little something new. Whether you have a favorite or are looking for something new the Bronx Alehouse offers 16 domestic taps, 30 bottles, and one rotating cask. Join the club and sample 100 different types of beer to have your name added to the pub’s wall of fame and leave your legacy in the big city.

Spuyten Duyvil

359 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg, Broooklyn, NY 11211

Another believer in the less-is-more approach, this bar keeps its selection small with only six drafts and one cask available at any time, but ensure that the beer it serves its patrons is fresh and approved. If you’re looking for variety, Spuyten has it by the bottle load, with over 100 choices ready to crack open and enjoy with the best that the city has to offer.

Torst

615 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Slip into this Manhattan Avenue bar if you’re looking for drafts that are hard to find elsewhere in the city with a rotating 21-tap menu that features rare brews from across Europe and North America. With a unique selection of beer you won’t find anywhere else in the city like hearty smoked stouts, this bar draws beer fans of all kinds to sample the flavors of the season.

The Pony Bar

637 10th Ave. (at 45th St.)

Those looking for better beers in Hell’s Kitchen will delight in making the trek over to The Pony Bar. With 20 taps serving everything from your standard beers to heavier brews like stouts and porters, this bar is fit to please. Pair your drinks with a delicious selection of bar food and place your bets on the best place to spend your evening in the Kitchen.

 

 

 

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Thanksgiving in the City

Thanksgiving is the time of year where we come together with family and think about everything we’re thankful for. But, on top of that, it’s also the perfect holiday to eat an excess of delicious holiday food. This year, leave the cooking to the professionals in New York City and discover some of the best places to eat Thanksgiving dinner here among your friends and family. We recommend you add another notch to your belt, just in case.

Balthazar

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

New York’s premiere French bistro is serving up a holiday favorite, adding a special turkey entrée to its regular menu for the holiday. A three-course prix fixe menu is also available at $72 to ensure guests get the best holiday meal Keith McNally’s famous restaurant can prepare.

Rotisserie Georgette

14 E 60th St, New York 10022

Nowhere in New York knows rotisserie like Rotisserie Georgette. A perfectly roasted turkey headlines this three-course menu rounded out by chestnut soup and an array of sweets like the restaurant’s special tarte tatin. $84 will get you the full meal, with children’s versions at $40.

Le Coq Rico

30 E 20th St, New York 10003

Another specialist in roasted birds, Le Coq Rico is serving up a delicious four-course menu with more than one bird at the forefront. With a starter of duck foie gras with cranberry chutney, your Thanksgiving dinner is in no danger of running afoul. The main dish consist of a whole stuffed turkey and will run you $85 for the full course.

The Little Owl

90 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

Don’t let the size of the bird in the name fool you, The Little Owl is serving up big flavors this holiday season. A delicious three-course prix fixe with Italian wedding soup, gravy meatball sliders, roast turkey, lasagna, and sweet potatoes in brown sugar and ginger await you at only $95 a person.

The Polo Bar

1 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

Stop in to Ralph Lauren’s signature New York restaurant featuring holiday dishes as classic and recognizable as the Polo style itself. Enjoy the a la carte menu featuring winter squash and vegetable salad, roasted turkey, pork sausage stuffing, and maple-bacon Brussels sprouts. Dessert offerings include pumpkin pie and a pumpkin ice cream sundae.

The Dutch

131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

Stop by SoHo for a family-style meal of traditional Thanksgiving dishes including roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, sausage stuffing, sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, and cranberry orange sauce. Guests have the ability to choose their first course and have a delicious set of options including steak tartare, lobster chowder, pumpkin ravioli, oysters, or a fall salad. This delicious meal is $115 per person or $55 for children under 12 and includes an array of delicious fall dessert options as well including pumpkin pie.

Maialino

2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

Add an Italian influence to your Thanksgiving meal with a choice of two four-course Thanksgiving menus. While one focuses on an Italian-American turkey meal, the other is a more dedicated Italian option, serving up a full roasted suckling pig. Other delicious sides like chestnut soup and Brussels sprouts, stracciatella alla romana, and cacao e pepe pasta help round out the $115 price tag on both menus, with a kid’s version available for $65.

Dovetail

103 W 77th St, New York 10024

Twist up your traditional Thanksgiving favorites with an inventive take on the holiday meal from Dovetail. A three-course prix fixe starts with a Fuji apple salad with wild rice or truffled pappardelle and continues to a main course of slow-roasted turkey with dark meat agnolotti or sirloin steak accompanied by beef cheek lasagna. This $138 menu has a vegetarian option as well as a $75 wine pairing and ends with delicious desserts like a cheesecake stuffed with port-poached pears.

Eleven Madison Park

11 Madison Ave, New York 10010

Elevate your Thanksgiving dinner in more ways than one with a truly spectacular four-course menu from Eleven Madison Park. Priced at $245 with an optional $135 wine pairing, this menu offers a selection for each course to ensure your taste buds truly enjoy their holiday. Start with chicken veloute with black truffles or scallops with uni and fennel and then continue on to a main course choice of a perfectly cooked turkey or slow-cooked beef with mushrooms and horseradish. With so many options for every dish, all of them prepared in exquisite detail, there’s no wrong choice for the best way to enjoy your Thanksgiving in the city.

*Please note, the hotel’s restaurants will not be offering holiday menus this year.

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Fall Flavor: Braised Pacific Halibut with Melted Leeks and Wild Mushroom

The flavors of fall are ripe for the harvest, and the outlets at The Roosevelt grant you access to them all. Experience the perfect marriage of food and drink when you dine with the Grande Dame of New York city, and send your taste buds on a trip to last the ages. If you’d like a taste of what we have to offer, try this recipe and discover truly fine dining.

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Ingredients:

Melted leeks:

  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 ounce butter
  • 1 ounce olive oil
  • 1 large leeks, washed and sliced thinly on a bias

Wild mushrooms:

  • 1lbs wild mushrooms
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Halibut:

  • 4 6-ounce halibut fillets
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 2 ounces extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces water
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped chives

Method:
For the Melted leeks:
In a medium rondo, melt the butter and olive oil over low heat and add sliced leeks, salt and pepper. Mix well and let cook slowly until the leeks are completely cooked, about 30 minutes

For the Mushrooms:
Preheat oven to 450ºF. cut the mushrooms into medium-large pieces, toss in a large bowl with the olive oil, salt and pepper, and spread on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Roast until caramelized.

For the Halibut:
Preheat oven to 250ºF. Season the halibut fillets with salt and pepper. Heat butter, olive oil, and water in a large sauté pan with a tight fitting lid. When mixture reaches a boil, quickly slide the halibut filets in the pan, cover the pan, and place in the oven. The halibut is ready when a metal skewer inserted into the fish feels warm to the touch. While the halibut braises, warm the melted spring onions in a small sauce pot, add the cooked mushrooms and chives to the hot onions, and stir to incorporate.

To Assemble and Serve:
Divide the spring onion mixture equally among four plates. Place a halibut filet on top of each pile and spoon a small amount of the braising juices on and around the fish.

Serves 4

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Guide to the NYC Food and Wine Festival

Let your taste buds explore new sensations this year during the ninth annual New York City Wine & Food Festival, running from October 13 -16. This festival of flavor is the perfect chance to try delicious inspired dishes and incredible wines, all while surrounded by some of the culinary greats. Rub elbows with your favorite chefs, and keep your eyes peeled for celebrity faces as well. The best part is, 100 percent of the event’s net proceeds go to support the No Kid Hungry campaign as well as the Food Bank for New York City. Go ahead and indulge, there’s no better time to go back for seconds than during the most delicious days New York has to offer. Here are just some of the amazing events you’ll want to look out for during this delicious event. Remember to act fast, as tickets sell out quickly!

Chicken Coupe

Thu, Oct. 13 7pm

Sit down for a delicious chicken dinner hosted by Hollywood legend Whoopi Goldberg and renowned chef Andrew Carmellini. Sample unique and inventive chicken dishes while enjoying champagne and sparkling wines and a host of delicious deserts all provided by some of NYC’s most famous chefs. The event will be held at The William Vale hotel in Williamsburg.

Tacos & Tequila presented by Tequila Cazadores

Thu, Oct. 13 10pm

Taco lovers won’t want to miss this late night sampling of a wide variety of delicious tacos paired with creative coktails, all prepared by top chefs and mixologists. Hosted by superstaf chef and taco aficionado Aaron Sanchez, this late night affair is a perfect way to spice up the evening.

Blue Moon Burger Bash

Fri, Oct. 14 7:00pm

Presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats and hosted by Rachel Ray, this rooftop event brings together top chefs to create and flip the best burger. A panel of judges will decide the winner while attendants eat, drink, and dance the night away. Look out for special celebrity judges Michale Strahan, Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and Chef Josh Capon.

Rock & Roll Sushi

Fri, Oct. 14 11pm

Explore the new food hall in Union Square and delve into inventive sushi, ceviche and crudo dishes created by some of the preeminent sushi chefs. Hosted by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, this rocking karaoke party last through the night and is always one of the most popular events of the weekend.

Bien Cuit Bread Making Master Class

Sat, Oct. 15 10am

Learn the lost art of baking bread alongside the expert behind Brooklyn’s legendary bakery, Bien Cuit, chef Zach Golpher. Become a master baker and take home a copy of Bien Cuit: The Art of Bread to continue your craft during this delicious start to your Saturday morning.

The Art of Alchemy

Sat, Oct. 15 5pm

Refine your tastes and learn the secrets of a stunning cocktail with renowned flavor chemist and mixologist, Alex Ott. Delve into the secrets behind your favorite drinks during this sampling and snack event, held in the brand new Meatpacking hot spot, Kola House.

Broadway Tastes

Sun, Oct. 16 11:30am

Try something a little more theatrical with Broadway Tastes, hosted by Niel Patrick Harris and David Burtka. This delicious lunchtime event brings New York’s best chefs together to create delicious dishes inspired by Broadway shows. Sample the food while interacting with real cast members and enjoy a delicious brunch created by all-star chefs.

Lucky Chopsticks

Sun, Oct. 16 6pm

Spend an evening with culinary adventurer Andre Zimmern as you close out the festival with the best Asian food in New York City. Sample a wide variety of dim sum, noodles, sushi, potstickers and more while sipping on wine, sake, cocktails and beer. There’s no better way to close out your festival and fill up your stomach one last time.

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Fall in NYC 2016

Not everything about fall in the Big Apple involves the flavors of pumpkin spice. With a plethora of interesting events and places to experience, even during the crisp autumn weather New York remains one of the greatest places in the world to visit. So sit back, grab a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the colors of the season in a fashion only the Big Apple can deliver.

Walk through Central Park

Whether you’re simply walking through the colorful foliage or enjoying one of the season’s special events, Central Park is the perfect place to begin any fall adventure in the big city. Grab the Fall Guide to Central Park from the official website before you plan your adventure to ensure your visit entails all you are hoping for.

Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farms

Produce doesn’t get more local than the rooftop farms of Brooklyn Grange. Growing over 50,000 pounds of organically cultivated produce per year, these farming specialists do more than just supply the city with fresh produce, like hosting farm tours as well as other educational and creative events. Practice your sun salutations or create your own bitters or household items during their special workshops and dive into fall with a more eco-friendly mindset.

NYC Marathon

Guaranteed entry into the marathon may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the marathon in your own way. With a week’s worth of events including 5Ks, finish line seats, a Marathon Eve dinner, motor coach bus tours and the Blue Line Lounge, the NYC Marathon offers something for runners and spectators alike.

New York Comedy Festival

Tuesday Nov 1- Sunday Nov 6

Laughter is said to be the best medicine, so chortle away all that ails you during New York’s most hilarious week of the year. A host of the best comedians in the world like Bill Maher, Fred Armisen, Bridget Everett, and Hannibal Burress come together to provide six days of nonstop laughter to the city that never sleeps.

Fall Forest Weekends

Nov 5- Nov 13

Even the concrete jungle changes colors in autumn, but if you’re looking for some traditional fall foliage there’s nowhere better than the New York Botanical Gardens and the Thain Family Forest. Displaying a stunning array of colors alongside guided tours, the first two weekends in November are the perfect time to enjoy the colors of the season in all their glory.

Ghosts of New York Walking Tour

Whether they’re the spirits of the dead, memories of our ancestors, or ghost of Christmases past, the fall season is the time of year when specters emerge once again. Discover the terrifying secrets of New York City with one of many walking through some of the city’s oldest haunts.

Hot Chocolate

Treat yourself to something sweet in the city and keep yourself warm as the temperature cools. There’s no better drink for the fall season than a hot chocolate and the city has more options than anyone could ever imagine. Whether it’s Max Brenner’s chocolate shop focused flavors or a spicy Mexican hot chocolate from Hecho En Dumbo, the city that never sleeps is prepared to keep you wired on hot chocolate for the entirety of your stay.

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