With more than 10,000 brands of champagne in the world, how do you choose which ones to try? You could close your eyes and throw a dart at the shelf in a wine store?or, you could have a champagne expert narrow down the selection to a couple hundred kinds, and taste them at a lavish party.
The Night of Champagne is such a party, curated by the Champagne Sommelier and set inside Ambassador Wine and Spirits. On both floors of the store, guests snack on hors d'oeuvres and sample myriad champagnes, comparing vintages, non-vintages, and ros?s. Those with VIP tickets, meanwhile, participate in a speed tasting of high-end brands, including Dom Perignon, Krug, and Cristal.
For the uninitiated, caviar and the culture that surrounds it may seem shrouded in mystery. Not so at Olma Caviar Boutique & Bar, where the caviar options are laid out in front of you behind a panel of curved glass. Here, dozens of red and black caviar varieties tempt palates: the current selection includes sturgeon-sourced Russian Osetra Karat caviar and red salmon caviar, whose bright red orbs burst with sweetness. Guests can take their roe on blinis, open-face sandwiches, or paired with other gourmet eats such as smoked lox and foie gras. To add even more elegance, Olma also offers espresso bar drinks as well as wine, champagne, and cocktails.
Mozzarella-drenched steak heroes, crab cakes with housemade tartar sauce and corn relish, a full bar of domestic and imported brews, plus cocktails. There are plenty of palate-pleasing reasons that Brooklyn Colony endures in neighborhood hearts, and its atmosphere??flanked by brick and red walls??only charms further. But for many, Brooklyn Colony's biggest draw is its calendar. Chock-full of entertainment and interactive events, the restaurant's agenda book is as stuffed as its mushroom- and cheese-laden portobello burger, and as creative as its treble clef chowder. Blues bands, Beatles brunches, karaoke, and jam sessions are among the establishment's friendship-fomenting activities.
After winter's frozen reign, spring brings the city back to life as the trees bud, clothing layers dwindle, and bar patrons no longer wince every time someone opens the door. The Spring Break NYC Bar Crawl celebrates the return to warmth and leaving home sans a second pair of socks with an 11-bar smorgasbord of good times. With Spring Break mugs in hand, revelers start at SideBar before venturing to the other hot spots on the list?including BarFly, Whiskey Rebel, and McSwiggan's?while downing a free beer and drink specials for $5 and less along the way.
Minus 5 Ice Bar's unusual experience always starts with a trip to the coat check. But instead of hanging up visitors' jackets, staffers there hand out gloves and parkas. These luxurious duds prepare guests to step inside the refreshingly chilly winter wonderland.
Beyond the bar's front doors lies a multi-chambered palace of ice, where seats, walls, bars, and even cocktail glasses are made of frozen water coaxed to hold a certain shape. The libations within the glasses benefit from the cold as a bite of frost is added to their natural potency. They're hardly the only entertainment available, though. Amid upbeat music, each room of the bar features a unique artistic theme manifested by resident ice artists through a variety of sculptures and pieces of icy decor, many lit by colorful LEDs. Professional photographers prowl the passageways alongside the waitstaff, ready to snap photos for guests to immortalize memories or remind themselves that they didn't actually step into Narnia.
What do Scarface, The Terminator, and The Graduate all have in common? They're all inventive pizzas you can order at The West End, a swanky bookstore-turned-lounge that dazzles with live drag shows, dueling pianos, and standup comedy. Diners can share a pizza topped with caramelized apples, gorgonzola, and red onions, bite into a Bueller's burger?a half-pound baked burger smothered with pimiento cheese and the restaurant's signature sauce?or sample the fries dusted with sumac and parmesan, and drizzled with truffle oil. After dinner, guests can invite Amy Adams to their table in the form of a craft cocktail infused with muddled strawberries and fresh basil and named after their star. Downstairs, exposed bricks line the venue's cellar, which hosts live entertainment nightly, and can be reserved for private parties.