Thanksgiving week is here, people, and that means it's time to get your drink on. Luckily, last Tuesday November 15th, noted mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim held a class called Demystifying the Martini, aimed to provide lucky attendees with all the knowledge of making the perfect martini. Don't worry, those of you who, er, weren't invited, can still reap the benefits of Tony's class. You may not know the history of the gin cocktail, or have had hands on experience at Catch crafting delicious cocktails, but now you can have the recipes and imbibe yourself this Thanksgiving. And don't forget to go behind the scenes and read Tony's interview!
Bottoms (and turkeys) up!
Renowned cocktail expert, Tony Abou Ganim, was winner of Iron Chef America 2007 with Mario Batali, is the National Ambassador of the US Bartenders Guild, and Associate Member of the Museum of the American Cocktail. Obviously a world-class bartending connoisseur, Tony passes on his knowledge to wannabes and drink-lovers alike. Learn how he rose to fame, as well as tips for creating the perfect cocktail!
Lovers of midtown's PizzArte can now rejoice. You no longer have to trek into the wintery elements to order up your savory Neopolitan 'za. Orders can be placed online at their website. A selection of their Neapolitan pies, including the traditional Margherita, the spicy Diavola with Neapolitan salame, and the namesake PizzArte with speck, zucchini and house-made burrata and more are available for delivery along with salads, appetizers such as Neapolitan meatballs, octopus, seafood salad, a variety of pastas and desserts.
The swanky 1930s Shanghai-themed speakeasy lounge, Mister H, located at the Mondrian SoHo, is now introducing longer hours, complete with a special happy hour from 5-10pm Monday through Friday. Its brother Imperial No. Nine will be providing yummy bites to satisfy your appetite and there will be reduced price specialty cocktails.
Specialty cocktails will be priced at $14 and include creative mixtures such as Keen (vodka, coconut water, agave nectar, kaffir lime, lemon juice) and Fragile (cinnamon infused rum, port, apple cider, fresh lemon juice, maple syrup), among others.
Don't want to baste the day away? Check out these Thanksgiving specials all over town.
Spice Market is offering a prix fixe menu ($34) on November 24. These Southeast Asia inspired dishes are a delightful departure from your traditional Thanksgiving fare. Enjoy butternut squash soup, chestnut sausage stuffing, gingered cranberry sauce, and of course roasted turkey breast. The resto will be open from 12pm-1am Thanksgiving day.
Take advantage of Wall & Water's stupendous deal, where guests can enjoy a full menu created by Executive Chef Maximo Lopez from 12-9pm on specialties such as red wine braised shoulder of beef, herb roasted organic turkey, butternut squash souffle, and more. Let the kiddies play in the Children's Lounge with puzzles, games, and coloring. OR have Wall & Water cook your turkey for you! Reserve a turkey 72 hours in advance, pick it up, warm it up, and chow down. Order one by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
El Parador is one of the oldest names on the block...but that's no reason to write it off, it's stuck around for a reason! This joint opened up in 1959 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Owner Jose "Alex" Alejandro took the reins from his father, who acquired the restaurant in 1990. Blockheads loyals will start singing a different tune once they step into this quaint and cozy Mexican hub. They have all your favorite dishes and some more unique selections, including Jalapenos Rellenos (jalapenos stuffed with anejo cheese or chunky peanut butter) and Mexican Fried Ice Cream. The staff is friendly and the customers are always enjoying themselves and coming back for more. It's best to make a reservation because even in the middle of the week, this place is hopping.
Who knew that it was Cappuccino Day?! Well luckily for you, Andaz 5th Avenue is quick on the uptake and is celebrating this fabulous holiday. Grab a bargain while you shop at the store and treat yourself to a $2 cappuccino. Their cappuccinos are brewed with espresso beans from local roaster Cafe Grumpy. Grab your brew on the go if you are a shopaholic or take your time and relax at the communal table in the retail section. Pair it with some snacks made by Pastry Chef Charmaine McFarlane or grab a sandwich from local purveyors such as the Mast Brothers and Katz's Delicatessen.
This Sunday you can forget about football, folks, the NYC marathon is finally here and even if you don't want to sweat it out and run the 25+ miles, there are tons of great deals around the city for you. Get fatigued just watching the runners sprint by and medicate that thirst with some booze at these top notch hot spots.
Guzzle back some cold beers and warm food at Stir as you watch the exercise taking place outside. There will be drink specials all day, including kegs, food, and yes, there will still be games on the TVs. Specials go all day, so stop by at 11am to get your fill of fun.
October 24th marked a monumental day in the kitchen at Tertulia. Seamus Mullen began serving lunch, where guests can enjoy delicious Spanish eats. The lunch menu features an array of new options, along with some good ol' faves from the dinner menu. Take your pick from embutidos, quesos, tostas, tapas, ensaladas, bocatas, and paellas. Tertulia will be open for lunch from 12-3pm.
As you know, at Sushisamba, one month it's out with the old and in with the new. November brings with it Japanese SambaHour. This Japanese inspired happy hour takes place weekdays from 4-7pm and includes live Japanese entertainment and workshops. There will be scrumptious appetizers and cocktails just for the occasion, including daily sake flights.
You may know Horse Trade Theatre group from their provocative burlesque shows, but they've got a whole lot more tricks up their sleeve. This November is packed to the gills with one-of-a-kind shows, no matter what you are looking for. Check out the schedule below and then reserve your tickets here.
Wednesday, November 2 @ 8pm $10
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
The Skinny is a political comedy talk show with a twist: The host, Peter DeGiglio, is just an average schnook struggling to wrap his head around the events that shape our world. Joining him is a discussion panel of real life experts and a plethora of wacky variety acts.