Category Archives: Manhattan

‘Maifest’ in the works at NYC’s Pier 81

NEW YORK — It’s nearly “Maifest” time, when each year World Yacht turns Pier 81 into an outdoor beer garden for the afternoon.

The event is scheduled for noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, rain or shine, and will include beer, food and live music.

But, what good is being on the water without being … well, on the water? So, an optional hour-long cruise on the Hudson River from 2 to 3 p.m. will be available.

“Maifest” is a German festival marking the celebration of spring. German beers such as Paulaner and Hacker-Pschoor, including Mai Bock, will be available along with German-inspired foods such as sausages, classic and chicken bratwursts, hot dogs, hamburgers and uber pretzels.

Music will be provided by Die Spitzbaum, and the professional German dance troupe Schlierachtler Stamm will perform.

Tickets for pier admission only are $15, tickets for pier admission and the cruise are $20. They can be purchased online. Food and drink tickets will be available for purchase onsite.

Pier 81 is located on West 41st Street on the river.

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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Beer Event, Manhattan, NYC


Manhattan Cocktail Classic is gearing up

NEW YORK — Dresses are being purchased and suits pressed as drinks fans get ready for the 4th annual Manhattan Cocktail Classic.

The decentralized program will offer more than 100 events in celebration of cocktails and culture from Friday, May 11, through Tuesday, May 15, at various venues throughout the five boroughs.

The term “various venues” certainly applies. Among scheduled sites are bars, art galleries, restaurants, theater, museums, libraries and many others.

The event is run by Lesley Townsend and is not affiliated with any suppliers, distributors, media channels, or other entities.

The opening night gala once again will take place at the main branch of The New York Public Library and the five-day Industry Invitational will take place across the street at the Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel.

The events run the gamut from educational to experiential, such as the light show shown above. Ticket prices vary depending on the specific event. The Gala will be $150; others will range from $25 to $150. They are available exclusively online.

[Photo courtesy of Belathée Photography]

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Noteworthy drinks deal at Manhattan’s Oceana

NEW YORK — Most of us are always on the lookout for bargain deals, so this one should resonate with a lot of people.

The seafood restaurant Oceana has come up with a special “Wine & Dine” offer for Sunday visitors.

Begining at 4 p.m., the restaurant offers unlimited wine or beer for $25 per person when ordering from the three course pre-theater menu at $49 per person or purchasing any entrée. (You can see all the current menus here.) This might be an even more tempting offering when the Oceana Patio opens this Sunday.

The restaurant also has a new, ongoing event as well as a fundraising offer.

Every Saturday night is “Hot Jazz,” with bands playing three sets from 9 p.m. to midnight. Two-drink minimum for those who show up just to listen rather than dine. This Saturday will feature the Ryan Hayden Trio featuring Stacy Dillard.

Oceana also is offering the “Heartland Julep” cocktail ($12) through Kentucky Derby Day (May 5) to benefit the American Red Cross to aid those affected by recent tornado devastation in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. Kentucky-based Michter’s has donated the whiskey that will be used. The cocktail includes Michter’s American Whiskey, Sicilian pistachio liquor, pineapple juice, lime juice, mint, a splash of house-made chipotle syrup.

Oceana is located at 120 West 49th Street in the McGraw Hill Building, between 6th and 7th avenues. Phone: (212) 759-5941.

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Posted by on April 9, 2012 in Cuisine, Manhattan, NYC


‘New York Drinks New York’ begins today

From The Wall Street Journal

NEW YORK — For the next several days, the streets will be awash with Riesling from the Finger Lakes. Or if not exactly awash, at least there will be lots of places where it will be given away.

That’s because several dozen vintners from all over the state will be donating their time — and their wine — to a cause called “New York Drinks New York.”

The drinking officially begins Friday [today] at various retailers around town and culminates in a grand tasting at Astor Place Wines on Monday night that will feature dozens of wineries pouring a couple hundred wines. Tickets to the grand event cost $25, but the tastings around town are free and information on the various wineries as well as the list of participating retailers in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn (alas, there are none on Staten Island or in the Bronx) can be found at online.

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Posted by on March 9, 2012 in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Marketing, Queens, Wine


Manhattan condo offers 24-hour veggie juice bar

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NEW YORK — Apartment buildings in New York are famous for their crazy luxuries. But, with doormen and gyms now de rigueur, new offerings need to turn things up a notch if they want to get noticed. And to that end the new Madison Jackson building, once upon a time P.S. 12 in the LES, takes the (vegetarian) cake. Because in addition to “a 24-hour doorman, concierge, organic laundry, and alteration services” as well as a gym offering “cranial sacral therapy,” the building has its own “24-hour vegetarian organic room service.” Yes, really.

Of course the building, a block below the Williamsburg Bridge at 371 Madison Street, isn’t just about juice bars and organic laundry. There are duplex 700- to 1,500-square foot loft-like apartments (starting at $542,000) to sell here! But considering the building took nearly 30 years to go from school to condo, you’d think the developer would have made the actual apartments sound more appealing. If you don’t mind low-ceiling sleeping lofts (“not suitable for basketball players”) and cheaply finished kitchens (“to keep costs low”), this one is for you. And who needs a Viking range, anyway? You can always order a juice!

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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Manhattan, Non-alcoholic Drinks, NYC


• NYC Whole Foods adds tap room

NEW YORK — As of today, Whole Foods can underline the world “whole” when it comes to its Time Warner Center location.

On Tap, a new room offering 10 beers and eight wines all on tap, opened today at the 10 Columbus Circle spot. It also is offering sandwiches, olives, fresh-baked pretzels and other small edibles.

If you’re reading this today, you have until 8 pm. to get there for free samples of food and drinks.

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Posted by on November 2, 2011 in Beer, Manhattan, NYC


• ‘Joy of Sake’ offering 300+ labels

NEW YORK — Curious about sake? What is billed as the largest sake tasting outside Japan is coming to town.

“The Joy of Sake” will be held Friday, October 21, offering 326 varieties, 171 of which are not available in the U.S. It features premium sakes submitted as entries to the U.S. National Sake Appraisal, a rigorous blind tasting held every year with 10 judges from Japan and the U.S.

The event also will include a selection of traditional and contemporary Asian cuisine tastings, with appetizers presented by 12 New York restaurants.

Tickets are $90 per person, available by phone at (888) 799-7242 or online. The venue is the Altman Building at 131 West 18th Street in the Chelsea neighborhood.

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Posted by on October 6, 2011 in Manhattan, NYC, Sake, Tasting Event