Little Town NYC unabashedly hearts New York. Of its three restaurants, two are located in iconic Manhattan spots: one in Union Square, the other on Theater District’s Restaurant Row. Little Town’s fancy for the Empire State shines through on the menu, too, with homestyle dishes such as the Adirondack chicken pesto and an Angus beef burger topped with crispy Berkshire bacon. The Suburb Backyard BBQ platter is piled high with enough buffalo wings, Nathan's hot dogs, and other locally inspired fare to feed a family of four.
Little Town NYC also takes great pride in its beer list, which features more than 100 local brews, including IPAs and amber ales that hail from breweries in Long Island, Ithaca, and Saratoga Springs. At the Restaurant Row location, you can enjoy a pilsner from Coney Island while sitting in a booth constructed from the beach’s old wooden boardwalk.
Bitter & Esters brew maestros shepherd beer aficionados 21 and older through the basics of crafting their own libations during the two-hour introductory brewing courses. These knowledgeable instructors sprinkle their lessons with useful tidbits as their students immerse themselves in the process, communally brewing a bubbly batch of hops-laden liquid like witches on Super Bowl Sunday. Classes cover need-to-know facts about extracts, malts, grains, and yeasts as well as common trouble-shooting methods for when batches go awry. The hands on lesson includes all the necessary ingredients and reference materials required to whip up a hearty brew, with starter kits available for purchases if students want to continue fashioning beer in their home or underground speakeasies. Classes conclude with students sampling the fruits of previous home brewed labors, opening their taste buds to all the different possibilities craft beer making affords.
Barbecue ribs with a smoky rauchbier. A melon salad with a dark doppelbock. The folks behind Get Real Presents specialize in pairings like these, sharing the joys of craft beer and delicious, locally-sourced foods. In this spirit, its team of foodies and beer aficionados hosts festivals featuring more than 80 brews, as well as restaurant events that pair craft beer with regional foods. As unique as it sounds, they admit this isn't exactly a new idea—they take a page from other countries, such as Belgium, who actually anchor much of their cuisine around the effervescent beverage. Following this "cuisine a la biere" model, they aim to highlight all of the great things a freshly crafted brew can do to enhance an evening out on the town, such as highlighting the flavors of a complementary dish, spicing up a local chef's stew, or softening your dad to the idea of paying off all of your student loans.
Wine Cellar Sorbets produces small batches of fine-quality sorbets using finished wines from around the world, enabling overeager oenophiles to counteract pesky ice-cream headaches with the bold, warming sensation of a sun-drenched terroir. Patrons will visit Wine Cellar Sorbets’ Greenpoint factory to sample flavors before choosing lucky pints to escort home, massage with sensual oils, and devour. Tastings take place every Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. until October 30. Champagne sorbet arrives bubble-free with a dry, citrusy taste that melds nicely with sliced strawberries ($6), while hints of currant and blackberry punctuate the cabernet sauvignon's full-bodied, dry finish, making it a cold and creamy companion to dark chocolate ($6). Celebrate an early VE Day by surrendering a scoop of semi-sweet riesling sorbet ($6), with notes of green apple and pear, to a warm, patriotic wedge of American apple pie.
Ambassador's expert oenophiles keep shelves stocked with a bevy of savory estate-bottled sips to suit palates of all sophistications. Browse for a favorite nectar among the 20 quality wines exclusively offered with this deal, or soak up fermented knowledge juice with a recommendation from the expert staff, who rigorously test each wine in their selection with a tasting and Rorschach splatter analysis. With notes of medium cherry and jamaican spices, the Vision Cellars Sonoma 2007 pinot noir provides scrumptious sipping ($36.99), and a bottle of Kluge dessert wine ($14.99) makes a fine after-meal companion for a scoop of cake, slice of ice cream, or slab of victory.
When Ristorante DeGrezia founder Tommaso DeGrezia decided to step out of his comfort zone and open a wine bar, he brought someone familiar along for the ride—his son, Thomas. Together, father and son have curated a list of more than 80 wines from every corner of the globe, each of which they keep at the proper temperature in an oversized wine cooler. Lined with exposed brick and lit by flickering candles propped up in quartz holders, Sofia Wine Bar & Cafe’s lounge marks a significant shift in tone from the bright, airy dining room of Ristorante DeGrezia. Thankfully, the menu still plays to DeGrezia’s strengths. When servers aren’t using their suspenders to slingshot bottles of wine across the room, they’re bringing out rustic Italian pizzas and plates of thinly sliced prosciutto.
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name—and sometimes you want to go where everybody wants to know your name. Today's deal gets you a chance to be seen at the latter: for $10, you get $20 worth of contemporary bar eats and drinks at Overlook in Manhattan's Midtown East. This happening nightspot and lunchtime getaway seamlessly merges socialization and sophistication with a symmetry worthy of your Master Lock's 32-11-23 combination.