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POSTED March 5, 2015


Can Danny Meyer do no wrong? You can be the judge after sipping electric-blue beverages at Porchlight, his recently opened (and first stand-alone) bar in Chelsea. Yes, the Shake Shack king has made blue drinks cool again. The menu leans Southern with the aforementioned peach brandy- and mezcal-fueled Gun Metal Blue ($14) and berry-dotted Sherry Cobbler ($14), plus a spread of snacks like smoky beef jerky ($7) and sugar and spice popcorn ($4). And, yes, there is an actual porch inside, reserved for lively musical and spoken-word performances, because it's still New York.

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POSTED February 26, 2015

Up & Up

The name may suggest otherwise, but you'll have to follow the green arrow down a flight of stairs to reach Up & Up, the new bar from Matt Piacentini (Clyde Common, The Beagle). This laid-back, Prohibition-style bar opens today in Greenwich Village and features a menu of bottled classic cocktails ($45 to $90) from industry pros, as well as a selection of Up & Up originals. Vintage floral wallpaper and brass light fixtures adorn the space, once home to the legendary Gaslight Café. The Rose Among Thorns ($14), a gin, aquavit and vermouth concoction, is a fantastic 1930s throwback that will make you forget the 21st Amendment ever happened. Also expect a small menu of bar snacks, like tuna pâté ($12) and pork rillettes ($11). 

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POSTED February 19, 2015


The dream team is here. Pamela Wiznitzer (formerly of The Dead Rabbit) and The Gilroy's Steve Laycock, Francis Verrall and Josh Mazza have teamed up to unveil Seamstress, a cozy, brick-walled restaurant and bar on the Upper East Side focused on all-American drinks. Sip a Wiz Fizz ($13), a gin and Cynar combo frothy with egg whites and root beer, or Campari- and IPA-laced Cold in the Shadows ($13). Bonus: Ducks Eatery's Will Horowitz is behind the comfort food-driven mains, which include hot griddle cakes, mutton burgers and more.

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POSTED February 12, 2015

The Camlin

You, your boo and more than 100 bottles of Old World and up-and-coming regional wines (high five, Virginia!). Sounds like the making of an excellent Valentine's Day. The Ardesia team's highly anticipated wine bar, The Camlin, finally opens in Williamsburg this Saturday—and just in time for you know what. The cozy, 60-seat neighborhood watering hole has more than 25 wines by the glass, snacky aphrodisiacs ($2 oysters) and hearty main dishes like bourbon-braised quail lasagna ($16) and lamb skewers with harissa yogurt ($12) to share with your dining mate.

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POSTED February 5, 2015

Dirt Candy

Broccoli dogs for everyone! Chef Amanda Cohen proudly unveiled a bigger, better Dirt Candy in the Lower East Side earlier this week (clearly, it's comeback season). As expected, there are vegetables all over the menu from a shareable hot pot ($30) bubbling with cabbage, grilled and in noodle form, to desserts like an onion chocolate tart ($13). For drinks, Cohen sticks with the classics, like gin and tonic and Dark 'n' Stormy ($12 each), but the vodka pickleback ($7) comes, of course, with a chaser of pickled beet juice.

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  • Porchlight
  • Up & Up
  • Seamstress
  • The Camlin
  • Dirt Candy


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