Mondy night, Joonbug headed down to The Waterfront for New York Taste, and we were honestly blown away. We’d heard that the annual food fest--hosted by New York Magazine since 1998--was something special, but the whole evening exceeded even our raised expectations. New York Taste was truly an exploration as much as an exhibition of the best of the New York culinary scene, representing the traditional and the cutting edge alike, (often in the same dish.) It also provided a unique opportunity to meet the inspired men and women behind the food. Dishes were prepared on-site, allowing us to glimpse the artistry of the work in progress, and the very approachable chefs fielded questions and greeted diners all night. It was an immersive experience, something more intimate than you’d find if you went to any one of the Chef’s brick-and-mortar locations, that was still casual enough to enjoy freely. In all, a fabulous event.
These lucky cocktails, compiled by Joonbug contributor Amanda Mactas, will put you in the Irish spirit in no time. Some traditional, and others more unique and sophisticated, these Irish-inspired libations will have you dancing the Irish jig before you can say Erin Go Bragh!
The Irish Ward (Courtesy of Tullamore Dew)
1 ½ oz. Tullamore Dew
½ oz. grenadine
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. fresh orange juice
Combine ingredients and shake well. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
We’ve all seen subway ads portraying a beautiful beach somewhere in the Caribbean or Hawaii. Everyone is barely dressed and smiling, and there’s a tagline on it somewhere saying “You could be here,” or “Need a vacation?” Juxtapose this against the passed out drunk homeless guy desperately in need of a shower and the overall drabness of a mass of underground travelers, and you might find yourself saying, “Maybe I do need a vacation…”
But who really has the time or money for a vacation to someplace tropical? The next best thing has to be the drinks at the SOHO cocktail lounge known as Lani Kai. Once inside, you may feel like you’ve just stepped in off the surf for some beachside nightlife. The tropical plant-covered deck leading up to the bar will make the cars driving by on Broome street sound like waves crashing on the shore. Lani Kai, roughly translated as ‘Heavenly Waters,’ is a Julie Reiner creation. Reiner is known in the New York cocktail world for the famous Flatiron Lounge, and the newer Clover Club in Brooklyn. This place, however, is closer in resemblance to her home state of Hawaii.
Since most of us are not walking down the red carpet at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony or attending a glamorous Hollywood Oscars party, let's walk down the red carpet of the Clover Club to Brooklyn's hottest Oscars party.
Cobble Hill's Clover Club will be hosting an Oscars party on March 7th. Arrive at 6pm for the red carpet arrivals or 8pm, just into time for the awards.
Clover Club will be serving fancy hors d'oeuvres, such as duck confit on a rosemary flatbread or caviar on ricotta blini topped with crème fraîche, and of course, one-of-a-kind specialty cocktails. Owner Julie Reiner is also a notable mixologist, so you know she mixed up some ingenious cocktails just for this special occasion. While planted at Clover Club's mahogany bar on Oscar night, sip on La Rosa, a cocktail made of Moet Rose Champagne, Silver Tequila, Ramazotti Amaro, strawberry syrup, and fresh lemon juice, or try the Marquis #2, a combination of Moet Rose Champagne, pisco, lemon, and raspberry. After these fabulous cocktails, you will forget you're sitting in Brooklyn, and instead at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.