Your carefree summer may be coming to a close, but there are still plenty of events slated to take place in the greatest city in the world.Read More
A collaboration between The Surrey Hotel and Dom Pérignon will have you viewing the stars and tasting them, too. As one of New York’s most iconic hotels, The Surrey recently teamed with the elite champagne brand to bring a finer space to its crown jewel. This perfect pair unveiled its collaboration as a redesign of The Surrey’s private rooftop.Read More
Time Out, the revolutionary media company known to compile some of the best itineraries for city exploration, has officially launched its third Time Out Market located in Dumbo (55 Water St, Brooklyn)—and it’s already a huge success after having opened barely a month ago.
Following in the footsteps of its Portugal and Miami predecessors, New York’s Time Out Market overlooks the Manhattan skyline with unbeatable views of the East River, garnering plenty of foot traffic in the popular waterfront scene near the Brooklyn Bridge.
Unlike traditional food halls, Time Out Market’s vision was designed by a magazine, rather than a business plan. Some of the most cultured veterans of New York City, a.k.a. the editors of Time Out New York, personally crafted the market’s collection of eateries by wining and dining at an unlimited number of restaurants until their palettes were fully satiated.
Their top picks were consolidated into 21 venues, each of them complementing the other in a meticulously curated mix. Between Israeli chef Meir Adoni’s Nur, authentic Japanese cuisine at Bessou, classic pancake institution Clinton St. Baking Company, and health-conscious vegan spot BKLYN Wild, the hungry New Yorker (or visitor) has a multitude of cuisines and tastes to choose from—all under one roof.
Not only does the 24,000-square-foot market house 21 vendors, it also features a demo cooking area, a video-installation wall, and three bars, with some of the finest cocktails in the game. The communal tables are equipped with leather chairs, and the food is served on real dishware with metal utensils.
Agriculture reaches further than just in the acres of open farmland in the Midwest; it’s also suspended above pedestrians’ heads in the middle of NYC. Gardens are taking over the roofs of New York’s buildings, silencing the excuse that wide open spaces are necessary to produce quality, fresh vegetables and herbs. These rooftop gardens find their places atop apartment buildings and restaurants, while New Yorkers also use plots of ground-level land where possible to establish urban farms. Urbanites have taken their nutrition into their own hands to get only the best ingredients to support a healthy lifestyle, ranging from a few contained plants to bulging green expanses.
Even city lawmakers are on board with more green spaces. A bill is currently in the works that would promote the importance of urban farming and community gardens, protecting them and adding bright spots of growth to vacant lots around the area.
Many small community gardens and farms are spread throughout the city’s neighborhoods, located largely on publicly-owned land or operated by nonprofit organizations to make the food accessible to community members.
A few of the largest gardens crowning New York’s rooftops, though, are listed below.
Riverpark Farm at Alexandria Center
A year-long paused construction site caught the attention of Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Gramercy Tavern alum Sisha Ortuzar as the perfect site to grow the freshest ingredients for their restaurant. Planted in milk crates, the portable garden relocated to the plaza’s north side when construction restarted, not giving up on the quality of the dishes served with the 100 types of fresh vegetables.
Bell Book & Candle
Using a vertical garden system, Bell Book & Candle is a host for a lush rooftop garden, placing the highest value on locally and organically grown produce. The menu selections heavily rely on the available ingredients acquired from the garden and cycles through the year’s seasons, bringing guaranteed savory flavors to every dish prepared.
Despite the location its name suggests, this rooftop garden is based out of Long Island City. Claiming five and a half acres of rooftop space across Brooklyn and Queens, Brooklyn Grange operates the largest rooftop soil farms in the world. Since 2010, it’s passion is to grow and source food to local communities in the eco-friendliest way. Modern urban agriculture takes its cues from Brooklyn Grange, and the 80,000 lbs. of produce isn’t all that it offers. The rooftop gardens double as event venues for yoga classes, weddings and dinner parties.
If you don’t want to walk down the street for a ripe tomato or a sprig of parsley, you could create your own garden with a bit of a green thumb. While personal rooftop gardens require a considerable amount of care, time and money, many New Yorkers are accepting the challenge to get the best ingredients for their meals.
The reward of a self-grown garden is worth the effort anywhere you go, from the tallest building to just around the block.
For tips to start your own rooftop garden, check out these websites:
New Yorkers can experience the flavors of the ocean throughout Manhattan without having to go as far as New England or even the Hamptons. From Mediterranean-inspired dishes to the Lobster Dumplings and classic Shrimp Cocktail here are some of our favorite seafood restaurants.
Tavern62 by David Burke, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, is an American tavern serving up an array of dishes from the mind of culinary titan Chef David Burke. Some of the seafood highlights include the Lobster Dumplings, spicy tomato, lemon confit, basil; Pretzel Crusted Crab Cakeold bay tomato jam, chipotle tartar sauce; and Ginger & Pepper-Crusted Salmon, chickpea puree, beet tartare and Fresno chili.
Marea, set in a chic Central Park South setting, offers a variety of high end seafood and home made pastas from Chef Michael White. Boasting an array of crudos, oysters and caviar, Marea also offers an extensive selection of seafood inspired pasta dishes, seasonal fish and meat dishes, and whole fish dishes. With two Michelin stars, one of the must have menu items is the fusili with braised octopus and bone marrow.
Catch NYC A globally influenced seafood-restaurant, set in a landmark building at the heart of Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, CATCH New York features contemporary renditions of classic seafood preparations, successfully fusing great food, service and an exceptional scene as it appeals to the tastes of today’s modern diner. Serving up dishes that are both sophisticated and approachable, CATCH’s streaming, sharable style of dining continues to achieve success as it resonates with the owners’ original vision of marrying deliciously simple yet elegant seafood with excellent service and a superior, interactive atmosphere. This combination, coupled with the extension of CATCH Roof and its al fresco dining.
The Regency Bar & Grill, Loews Regency New York Hotel’s signature restaurantin the Upper East SIde offers approachable and ingredient-forward dishes. Under the direction of new Executive Chef Catherine Medrano, the restaurant is working with regional, organic farms and supporting ecological fishing practices. With perennial and recognizable ingredients, guests who are looking for sustainable culinary options can enjoy quality food time and time again.
In the heart of Union Square resides the iconic seafood staple, Blue Water Grill. Offering a modern American seafood menu, courtesy of Executive Chef Chris Meenan, Blue Water Grill featured a decadent raw bar and innovative, market fresh dishes. The iconic seafood restaurant boasts delicious dishes, cocktails, an expansive wine list and an outdoor dining area perfect for Summer.
Spring is here and what better way to celebrate the end of a harsh winter than going to a rooftop and enjoying yourself with spectacular views and amazing food and drinks. Here’s a list of some of the best rooftop restaurants because we know how overwhelming and difficult it can be to choose the perfect one.Read More
For those of you who plan to celebrate at home, we are telling you everything you need to celebrate the Kentuck Derby at home, starting with the infamous mint julep. Mint juleps were originally made with brandy but we're giving you an extensive list of brands and cocktail recipes to freshen up this fan favorite cocktail. Similar to a Horizontal Tasting, you can give life to mint juleps with tequila, ginger, and gin. For those who prefer the classic, we've got you covered.
While those at Churchill Downs will be drinking the refreshing combination of brandy, mint, sugar, and bourbon over crushed ice, will teach you our favorite recipes and brands. And if you're not a cocktail fan, don't worry, shots on us.
Maker’s Mark is Kentucky’s bourbon darling. Made using soft red winter wheat (vs. rye) to create a bourbon with a flavor that finishes on the front of the tongue, it’s a delicious addition to any Julep. The caramel and vanilla play deliciously with mint in the Julep and it doesn’t hurt that Maker’s first ever customer in the 1950s was a horse race course – Keeneland in Lexington Kentucky!
Maker’s Mark Cask Strength goes straight from barrel to bottle at 110 to 114 proof. Cask Strength retains the signature front-of-the-palate flavors of Maker’s Mark, but amps up those flavors to create remarkable new bourbon that really stands up in Juleps, especially those with added ingredients like fruit or other liqueurs. The robust spice and oaky flavors of the bourbon, balance the sweetness and minty essence of a classic Julep or a more inventive version.
Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Decades: The second premium expression from Master Distiller Eddie Russell’s Master’s Keep series, uses some of the rarest and precious barrels in Wild Turkey’s heralded stock. Made from a blend of whiskies aged 10 to 20 years, this 104 proof (52% alc. /vol.) whiskey will retail for a limited time, at $150 per bottle. More background in the release below.
Wild Turkey Rare Breed: One of the pioneers of small batch bourbons, Rare Breed is pure barrel proof whiskey, meaning no water is added to reduce the level of alcohol during the bottling process. This year we’re celebrating an even higher proof with a new bottle design.
The Union Horse Distilling Company Reunion Straight Rye — a small batch, 100 percent rye whiskey handcrafted from the finest quality rye and aged in Union Horse’s signature oak barrels. Reunion unites smooth complex notes of butterscotch, caramel, ginger and cinnamon spice. (93 proof).
How to make a mint julep
The typical directions consist of muddle mint in the bottom of cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice and add remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into glass with crushed ice. Garnish with sprig of mint
Our Favorite Recipes (Use directions above and check the gallery beow for final results)
Intense Ginger Mint Julep Created by Barrow’s Intense
2 oz bourbon
1 1/2 oz Barrows Intense Ginger Liqueur
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
3-4 sprigs of mint
NOLET’S Silver Bulleit
1 oz. NOLET’S Silver Gin
1 oz. Bulleit® Bourbon
1 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
0.75 oz. Simple Syrup
Mexican Mint Julep:
2.5 oz. Avión Reposado
0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
2 oz. Cynar
3/4 oz. Lemon
1 oz. Grapefruit
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
Julep cup/Mint/Crushed Ice
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the shopping for the special day has probably already begun for most of us. The best gift that you could get that special someone is a seminal classic that everyone loves… chocolate! We compiled a list of all of our suggestions for your chocolate buying.Read More