Brooklyn Winery's team crafts small-batch, artisanal wines in Williamsburg?and if winemaking in an urban environment sounds odd to customers, they can always find out how it works during Tuesday winery tours. The tour guides walk groups through their entire process, from the moment the grapes arrive at the facility to when the cork goes in the final wine bottle, trapping the wine genie inside for good. Of course, the process varies from wine to wine. The team ages some vintages in stainless-steel containers, while the barrel-fermented riesling is aged, predictably, in oak barrels, an old-school technique that originated in prerefrigeration Germany. The result? A quirky riesling with hints of soapstone, mushroom, and honey.
The team doesn't just reclaim old German traditions, though. For their unpretentious 1,200-square-foot wine bar, they also reclaimed most of the building materials. In the cozy, unpretentious bar, visitors sip vintages pulled from wine racks that were once World War II ammo boxes; the walls, meanwhile, were barn wood in a past life, and the bar itself is made from old church pews, completing the aura of modernity rooted in history.
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.
Mario and Anna Abitino emigrated from Naples to the U.S. in 1972. Mario quickly found work in the pizza business, and the couple eventually opened a restaurant of their own: Abitino’s Pizza and Italian Kitchen, in Midtown Manhattan. That was more than 20 years ago. Today, the couple and their three sons, Dominick, Mario Jr., and Salvatore, run six New York pizzerias bearing the family name. Each offers an expansive menu of signature pizzas and other Italian entrees, such as gnocchi sorrentino and pasta stuffed with fresh littleneck clams. Their pizzas and calzones use dough made right on the premises, and their tomato sauce is also housemade—with tomatoes from Naples, naturally.
When fans of fine libations want to carouse breweries and get festive at beer festivals, the last thing they want to do is worry about transportation. Designated drinkers deserve to indulge in style, and that's where Tapped Enterprises and its Long Island Beer Bus steps in. During popular tours, the freshly renovated party buses act as conduits to frothy beverages, giving safe and festive passage from shore to shore, hitting all of Long Island's most popular breweries, wineries, sporting events, and beer festivals since 2009. The Long Island Beer Bus is also suited for midsized trips for birthdays, anniversaries, and bachelor or bachelorette parties, and each round-trip tour includes a charismatic host adroit in all of the scenic sights and essential bars.
Hampton Luxury Liner transports its passengers around in a lavish motorcoach that boasts five flat-screen TVs, complimentary WiFi, and an on-bus library. The luxury buses travel to destinations ranging from the Hamptons to Atlantic City, with specific stops at wineries, resorts, and casinos. Reclining leather seats with space for laptops and maximum leg extension typify the cushy interior, and each road cruiser also comes equipped with a library and refrigerator, useful for storing steaks to distract the thousands of chasing dogs such a luxurious bus usually attracts.
The warm, always affable staff oversees a symphony of clinking glasses at Brew House. They maintain a convivial atmosphere that features plenty of brews, bar food, and flat-screen TVs airing sports. With bottles of Corona or Sam Adams, the staff serves housemade empanadas, coconut shrimp, and Brew House fries topped with cheese, bacon, and green onions with a side of gravy. The kitchen team’s grill also turns out sandwiches, wraps, and a Cowboy burger topped with cheddar, bacon, barbecue sauce, and onion rings. Exposed brick walls, rich wood paneling, and gold-patterned hanging lamps welcome patrons to cozy booths, whereas a seat at the bar affords the best look at the TVs and more liquor bottles than Winston Churchill had in his vault.