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.
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.
TThe professional, knowledgeable staff at Vintner’s Circle share their love of the wine lifestyle with hands-on wine classes that teach guests, family, and friends how to bottle wines, distinguish between different varietals, or pair wine with cheese. The shop’s unique winemaking courses take aspiring vintners through the accessible four-step process, which begins with choosing wine juices from a selection of more than 50 internationally sourced varieties. Participants then fill more than two dozen bottles with their own vintage. They can emblazon these bottles with custom-designed labels and colorful tops. Vintner's Circle also stocks a variety of gifts for weddings, holidays, and other special occasions, as well as wine accessories and gifts for wine lovers to enjoy year-round. Wine-education classes, corporate events, and team-building events are also on offer.
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.