On a recent bitterly cold Sunday afternoon, I forced myself out of my toasty apartment, dressed my hound in his finest sweater and headed to New York Distilling Company in Williamsburg (79 Richardson St.), where they open their doors not only to people but to the dogs of North Brooklyn for an afternoon of spirits and fun. Fittingly enough, the distillery opened in 2011 on the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. We sure are grateful that we don’t have to hide our booze anymore and can openly imbibe in the comfort of their intimate attached bar, The Shanty.
Coziness is the ideal against which I tend to judge all establishments, and this bar definitely met my expectations. The dark wood is complimented by the glow of soft lighting, a wall of liquor bottles reflecting back the warmth. Although I didn’t receive a particularly warm greeting from the bartender, he did treat each cocktail with care. With hands still half-frozen from the early arrival of winter in New York, I was delighted to see a hot toddy on the menu. It was subtly satisfying, if lacking a bit in the honey department, and presented with star anise, just like I make it for guests. The Shanty boasts a full bar with reasonably priced cocktails, and are kind enough to include several craft beer options for the beer enthusiasts among us. There are plenty of comfortable seating options, all complete with a view into the distillery where the magic happens. Continue reading →
In the land of pairing food with libations, there are wine pairings and beer pairings but whiskey pairings? Apparently, this is considered “outré by many” but as I learned one late Saturday morning, whiskey not only serves as a pretty effective hair of the dog, but it goes really well with waffles. I’m talking the freshly made, thick, crispy, golden kind that is ready to be topped with piles of toppings like maple syrup, peanut butter, chocolate, whipped cream, and fruit. If you’re not groggy from food coma after this, you’ll ease into your lazy Saturday by sipping on Old Fashioneds. It gets your creative juices flowing before you start getting crafty.
WEDNESDAY 12/16 * Staring Contest @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 8pm, $3 to compete, First blink loses; audience heckling encouraged, More info # Pink Party @ Nights & Weekends (1 Bedford Ave) 9pm, FREE, Wear pink and get ready to try 7 different rosé wines by Dúzsi Tamás, Hungary’s world-renowned “King of Rose,” from Palinkerie Importers, More info
THURSDAY 12/17 # Rockaway Pint Party @ Rockaway Brewing (46-05 5th St) 7pm, FREE, Celebrating one year of the enactment of the Craft New York Act, which allowed breweries in New York to legally serve pints, More info ♫ Grizzly’s Urban Campfire @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 9pm, $10, With Tone Tank / Grizzly Gato / Quelle Chris / Junk Science, RSVP