Crispy sweet mojitos dancing on their tongues, revelers and diners at Cask15NYC gather to socialize, sip, and savor. Latin fusion cuisine graces white dishes in the form of small, colorful displays?threadlike layouts of crisp noodles, for instance, balance atop tender beef and fried plantains. On Fridays and Saturdays, DJs ford the mojito moat to spin some danceable tunes, igniting the bar's already lively atmosphere as much as a soccer game adds excitement to a jury trial.
It should surprise no one to learn that New York Wing Factory is one of the best places to go for crunchy and moist wings in a variety of flavors. Double-deep-fried to seal in the flavor and cut down on the grease, the specialty chicken comes in such sauces as hot-and-spicy, hickory barbecue, soy and garlic, and buffalo. And of course, the restaurant's lineup of 24 beers on tap suits the deliciously messy headliners perfectly. But if you walked away from New York Wing Factory thinking beer and wings was all they offered, you'd walk away satisfied but woefully under-informed. Wings are only the beginning of the dinner menu, which also boasts a New York cheese steak on rosemary ciabatta, a slab of Cajun salmon in orange-ginger reduction, a tangy chicken Cubano sandwich, and, in all likelihood, a number of sticky fingerprints. And as far as libations go, a connoisseur would do themselves a disservice to overlook the extensive whiskey menu.
A gritty rock show. An intimate jazz set. A burlesque performance. A film screening. All of these events are part of DROM's eclectic calendar of live performances, which runs the gamut from stand-up to hip hop shows. In the main room, up to 350 guests await the sounds of new and upcoming artists, curated by DROM's talented staff. As they watch, audience members sip beer, wine, and expertly-mixed house cocktails, such as the chocolate martini or the jalapeno mojito, which complement the kitchen's gourmet plates. Dishes range from entree-sized options, such as the shrimp-stuffed canneloni, to a light spread of cantaloupe with feta cheese, a favorite of Kenny the lighting guy.
Neon lights dart across the Cali Red Lounge to decorate the stone and tile walls with luminous graffiti. These rays of indigo and green provide a backdrop that complements colorful signature cocktails such as the refreshing Sunflower made with peach schnapps and Midori, the pucker-inducing appletini, and the all-ages water on the rocks. The expansive space fits a variety of moods with beer-pong tables, flat-screen TVs for sports, and a network of private Japanese-style karaoke rooms. As disco lights splash banquettes with glowing confetti, patrons can croon a beloved ballad and munch on Cali Red's savory snacks including wine-flavored edamame beans, onion rings, and popcorn chicken.
Queens Dance Project’s team of lifelong dancers coach students through workout-oriented dance routines. During the newly unveiled pole-dancing workshops, students build muscle tone while executing spins and tricks under dimmed studio lights. Alternatively, Zumba classes keep heart rates high by pairing hip-swiveling moves with Latin beats, and tap-dancing sessions teach students how to make it rain using just their shoes. Youngsters can also build coordination and confidence at the studio, which has an age-stratified youth program to nurture kids 2 years and older with mat work and musical instruments.
Surrounded by the urban tumult of New York City, Nicky's Beer Garden prides itself on its uncharacteristically down-home, southern charm. As owner Nick Ligotino told the Bronx Times in 2011, "I wanted to come up with something that’s never been seen here in the Bronx." His kitchen delivers this distinctive touch by smoking pork onsite, blending sweet sauces in-house, and coating pieces of fried chicken with a secret blend of herbs and spices. The restaurant also boasts a selection of beers from domestic and international breweries to accompany the Americana-tinged menu of hearty comfort foods.
Small tables line the dining room's gleaming wooden floors, but the restaurant's outdoor beer garden encourages guests to enjoy their evening alfresco. Picnic tables fill the stone-tiled yard surrounded by a wooden fence, shady trees, and a mural painted with barbecue sauce.