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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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Sam Adams Tap Takeover 2016

There’s a beer for every season, and a season for every beer. With all the delicious craft beers out there now, finding the perfect beer for you throughout the year can become a bit of a challenge, so The Roosevelt is bringing you some of the best beers available to help you decide. Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at the Vander Bar this year as Sam Adam’s takes over all of our taps with an incredible array of beers chosen for the season. Whether you’re a fan of IPA’s, lagers or stouts, Sam Adams’ Tap Takeover will offer you a delicious brew to quench your craft beer thirst from September 17th all the way until October 3rd.

Start your adventure with a Sam Adams Grumpy Monk, a Belgian IPA with hints of spicy cloves and fruits mixed in with strong taste of brazen hops, the perfect crisp taste for the transition from summer to fall. If you’re looking for something less hoppy, Sam Adam’s Octoberfest blends the hearty taste of malts with a smooth caramel taste to create one of the signature Marzens in its collection. Those looking for something a little more adventurous should try the Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru, a funky brew that combines the complex flavors of dark fruits, cherry, cocao and vanilla with the sweetness of Belgian candi sugar to create a smooth taste. Aged in oak barrels this brew is a unique ale that can only be truly appreciated through personal experience. As an added treat, Sam Adam’s Longshot Neighborino Flander’s Red Ale combines the qualities of beer with a red wine inspired flavor complimented by notes of cherries with a woody malty finish to go with the changing color of the fall.

If you’re looking for pumpkin beers to get you in the mood for the upcoming holidays, try out the Traveler’s Jack O Traveler or Conery Island Brewing’s Freaktober Fest. These delicious pumpkin brews combine a hearty malt flavor with hints of pumpkin to create the perfect beer for an autumn evening in the city.

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Rio Olympics at The Roosevelt

After four long years, the Olympic torch is making its way to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and, as thousands of athletes from around the world descend on Brazil to compete for the gold, The Roosevelt is preparing to celebrate the games in style. Throughout the duration of the Olympic Games (August 5th-21st), The Roosevelt will be featuring drink specials and viewing of the games at both Vander Bar and Mad46.

Climb to the top of the podium at Mad46 and watch the best of the best compete in each of the indoor rooms, all the while enjoying the gold standard in drink specials from Avuá Cachaça. With specialty themed cocktails like the Caipirinha, Gold Fashioned, and Sunset in Rio, your Olympic viewing party is sure to take a medal winning turn toward unforgettable. And continue to transform your Summer Games with other specials including wines from Wild Horse winery and a myriad of food specials to help you refuel between events.

If you’re looking for something a little more down to earth, check out the Vander bar, where you can enjoy the same delicious drink and food specials in a simple sophisticated venue. Keep up with your favorite athletes on one of many TVs and never miss a moment of all the excitement the 2016 games are sure to bring.

Whether you prefer mad46 or the VanderBar, The Roosevelt is your place to be this August during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. So grab a drink, relax, and keep count of the gold medal count in the company of champions all in one stunning New York location.

avua olympic special

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VanderBeer and NYC Beer Week

Over the past few years, the craft beer scene has risen in both popularity and diversity, creating opportunities for independent brewers to get their own product into the world and giving consumers thousands of unique beers to discover. With tastes ranging from rich dark malt brews to the most bitter of the hoppy IPAs, the availability of distinct beers is at an all-time high, filling beer festivals and celebrations with a variety of new flavors to try and appreciate.

The Roosevelt’s Vander Bar has been rolling out many of these delicious brews from across the country each week during its new VanderBeer tour. A special passport will allow you to rack up stamps each week until you’ve tried the best of every beer available and earn yourself a free appetizer as well. Vander Bar is working hard to bring attention to some of the greatest beers across the country and now we’re getting a little help during New York’s Beer Week. From February 19th -28th New York City will be hosting an assortment of beer related festivals featuring delicious beer from all over the world. While the focus of the festival is New York beers, there will be delicious brews from some of your favorite breweries alongside multiple tap takeovers and beer specials across the city and its many bars. There are far too many events to name but trust us when we tell you that there will be a beer for literally everyone during this celebration of the most celebrated beverage ever invented. For more information click here.

Short RIb Tacos
Short Rib Tacos

While you’re out enjoying some of the best brews New York has to offer, pair them with something else delicious. Every Tuesday Vander Bar features a special taco for Taco Tuesday, creating a unique spin on a classic favorite that changes each week and always pairs well with a cold glass of beer. So knock back a few and enjoy the tastes of the Big Apple with The Roosevelt during Beer week in

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