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.
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.
After working at bars and wine shops for 10 years, certified beverage professional Amanda Ladd wanted to find another outlet for her inner wine enthusiast. The result was Synesthesia NYC, a company that hosts socially wired beer, wine-, and sake-tasting classes. Ladd herself teaches the classes at 123 Burger Shot Beer.
The restaurant keeps the ordering simple: $1 burgers, $2 shots, and $3 beers. The burgers are made with Black Angus beef, and come with a minimum of three per order. Of course, a few sides might tempt patrons to veer off the 1-2-3 course, such as heaping plates of fried mac and cheese wedges or pigs in a blanket made with Cajun-style mini franks. Domestic and imported beers include Heineken, Blue Moon, Stella, and Yuengling, while the shots get a little more creative– from orange tic-tacs to creamsicles.
Gooey mozzarella melts over classic pies in a Neapolitan-style brick oven at Zigolinis Pizza Bar, which melds the atmosphere of a modern bar with rustic cuisine. The friendly staff dishes a variety of drinks, and expert chefs wield an arsenal of products imported weekly from Naples, as well as fresh produce plucked from local farmers, to forge a menu of authentic Italian fare. Garden noshers plunge forks through the leafy greens pervading a trio of small and large salads. Pepperoni rains across the shores of the diavola pizza, which slays slice-craving appetites alongside 14 other signature pies, including the cheese-laden seven formaggi pizza. Those shunning sauce can turn to the vegetariana, adorned with seasonal vegetables, or the ai carciofi e tartufo, garnished with high-end truffle oil and shaved pecorino romano. Flickering TVs glint off glasses brimming robust red and white wines in the intimate eatery, as bartenders sling imported and domestic beers from gushing taps flecked with frothy foam and liquefied laughter.