John Gizzi and Diann Greco, the American Wine Society–certified wine judges at Make Wine With Us, teach wine aficionados to create their own wines using grapes harvested in Californian and Chilean vineyards. At the start of the nine-month process (California grapes in the fall, Chile grapes in the spring), winemakers-to-be assemble with fellow enthusiasts to learn the intricacies of the trade. Patrons learn to crush and destem grapes in a machine called a crusher-destemmer, named after the device's favorite Germanic metal band. Following the crushing process, a hydraulic press forces juice into barrels, where it shall remain until the conclusion of its sweet, sweet metamorphosis.
At the end of the nine-month period, newly minted winemakers lean on family and friends to fill, cork, and custom-label the finished product. Budding vintners then tote home their vintages to share with family, friends, and robot butlers with built-in carafes.
Manhattan Brew & Vine (MBV) located on the corner of 109th Street and Columbus Ave, brings an upscale dining and lounge experience to Manhattan Valley. The lounge offers a wide selection of the highest quality wines from around the world and an extensive assortment of craft beers that will pair perfectly with the food offerings that are both satisfying and great for sharing.
Manhattan Brew & Vine features 45 wines by the glass, 12 beers on tap and 19 beer by the bottles to choose from. Nightlife industry veteran Ralph Mercado has been brought on board as MBV’s General Manager and will oversee operations at the lounge. Destined to be both a local favorite and destination location, there will be special weekly programming implemented, along with nightly rotating DJs.
Long time friends Joseph Hardgrave, Vancho Tolomanosi and Jayvon Smith are the creative forces behind Manhattan Brew & Vine. Hardgrave’s knowledge of beer and wine played a key role in selecting the beer and wine list and Tolomanosi’s knowledge in design and construction helped to bring the MBV experience to Manhattan.
At Piccolo Cafe in Garment District, the beans are fresh and the roasts are bold.
Get online gratis thanks to Piccolo Cafe's complimentary wifi.
Everyone will feel comfortable dining at Piccolo Cafe, where business casual attire is standard.
Takeout and delivery are also available, so you can just do you.
Throwing a big party? Count on Piccolo Cafe to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Score a close parking spot at Piccolo Cafe.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the coffee shop.
Piccolo Cafe offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
If you need a midday pick-me-up, you can count on the coffee from Piccolo Cafe to do the trick.
Spice up your week with a trip to Masseria dei Vini in New York, and enjoy grub at the top of its game.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
It tends to get especially busy on weekends, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation.
You won't find a suit in here! Business casual dress is the norm at Masseria dei Vini.
Or, take your food to go.
Forget circling the block, Masseria dei Vini has plenty of nearby parking options.
Masseria dei Vini is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
It shouldn't come as a surprise, but small plates play a big role at Las Tapas. Shareable plates dominate the menu, including the popular tortilla espanola: an oven-baked omelette layered with potatoes and eggs. But even though tapas are obviously its specialty, the restaurant doesn't discriminate against full-sized dishes. There are about a dozen different entrees available, including the arroz con todo, which is a favorite thanks to its medley of rice, Spanish chorizo, mussels, and shrimp. Throughout the week, Las Tapas couples its food with live Latin entertainment and flamenco dancers, and in the summer, it opens its private patio for outside dining.
Stroll over to Briciola for your daily cup of coffee, a joint adored by Clinton residents.
Weekends are busy at the coffee shop, so be prepared for longer wait times.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If public transportation is preferable, ditch the car and board nearby stops at 50 St. (A, C, E), 50 St. (1, 2), and 49 St. (N, Q, R).
Hitting the mid-range mark, Briciola s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
So start your day off on the right foot with a tasty cup of coffee from the highly-rated Briciola.