LIQUID COURAGE
Satisfy Your Bourbon Craving

It's all about the bourbon this September, when we all get to celebrate National Bourbon Month. Nix your typical vodka cocktails for some strong brown spirits. We've let you know where the most innovative and delicious bourbon cocktails are served around the city, as well as DIY recipes to try on your own. Good luck and enjoy!

Lowcountry serves up a plethora of bourbon laden 'tails. Try out their Lowcountry Old Fashioned (Four Roses Bourbon, Orange, Brandy Cherry), Bourbon Dark & Stormy (Rebel Yell Bourbon, Lime, Ginger Beer, Molasses), Sazarac (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Absinthe, Orange Bitter), Triple-B (Blueberry Shrub, Buffalo Trace, Bourbon, St. Germain, Cava), Lowcountry Iced Tea (Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon, Mint, Lemon, Blackberry Shrub), Ginger Julep (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Jalapeno, Ginger, Mint, Ginger Ale), and last but not least, the Vanilla Chai Manhattan (Vanilla Chai infused Bourbon, Sweet Vermout, Brown Sugar). The Tangled Vine offers two essential bourbon cocktails, The Amsterdam Ave (1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon, Cherry Heering, Maraschino Liquor, lemon, $14) and the Collins (1792 Bourbon, lemon, club soda, $12). Northeast Kingdom in Bushwick let's patrons try out their Old Bushwick Cocktail (Jim Beam, bitters, lime, $9), while Casa Nonna makes The Tuscan (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, peach honey syrup, Marreti Biscotti liquor, bitters, $14).

THRILLS & DEALS
NYC Happenings & Deals

High Altitude Oktoberfest: 230 Fifth is bringing Oktoberfest to a whole new level. From Sept. 22 until Oct. 7th, five German beers and two Germanic gastronomic classics will be added to the menu at the well-known rooftop lounge. Brews will sell for $6/bottle, $8/half liter, and $16/liter and German eats such as giant pretzels and bratwurst will go for $9. On Sept. 29th, from 12-6pm, make sure to drop by to start dancing up a storm along with Bavarian oompah music, play Teutonic inspired games and prizes, and gaze upon plenty of Fall decor.

Extended Sambahour: Both Sushisamba locations in the city are extending their immensely popular 'happy hour' from Sunday through Friday. Fan favorites such as the Classic Mojito and Yellowtail Tiradito will now be available for just $6 from 4-7pm and 11pm-close. If this isn't a deal to die for, I don't know what is!

DAILY BITES
Summer Sign-Off: Hit Up These Places

These last few days of summer are precious so take advantage and do all things summer: enjoy the outdoors, bqq, and cool off with something cool 'n' sweet. Check out all of these New York City restaurants offering up just what you need!

Folks who want to relax in Washington Square Park should order pizza picnic boxes from Pizza Roma on Bleecker Street in the West Village. These clever carryout containers, named after parks in Rome, are filled with the restaurant’s signature Roman-style pizza al taglio (square pizza by the cut), Paninis, fresh summer salads, and more.

To host a barbecue feast near the East River Esplanade or in your own backyard, turn to Neely’s Barbecue Parlor on the Upper East Side. The restaurant offers hefty picnic baskets to feed three ($89) and an even larger option to feed five ($149), both of which come with items like chopped beef brisket sandwiches, spicy pinto beans with burnt ends and warm peach crisp.

DAILY BITES
Lowcountry's Southern 4th of July Specials

Looking for a last minute bite to eat this Independence Day? Check out the spread at Lowcountry! This southern restaurant and bourbon bar is offering up all day specials with the most American dishes you can find.

Stop by at 1pm when the fun begins and happy hour pricing will continue on throughout the day.

Bon apetit...or as we say here in the USA, dig in!

EAT: Fried Chicken Basket with Roasted Corn and Potatoes,
Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, Corn Bread
& a Complimentary Carafe of John Daly
5 pieces for $28
10 piece for $50
DRINK: $5 Draft Beers, Wines by the Glass and Select Cocktails
WHEN: July 4th, 1 pm-close
WHERE: Lowcountry 142 W. 10th Street

SWEET TOOTH
Cool Off For National Ice Cream Soda Day

June 30th is National Ice Cream Soda Day, and it certainly is timed perfectly with the hot weather we've been experiencing lately. So chill out at these NYC locations for some delicious, refreshing treats!

GO Burger on the Upper East Side makes a boozy take on this frosty, soda fountain staple: They blend three scoops of silky vanilla ice cream into a Cuba Libre ($12), a traditional highball that GO Burger makes with Bacardi Silver Rum, Boylan’s Cane Cola – made with pure cane sugar -- and lime.

Virgil's Real Barbecue makes a root beer float ($6.50) with Stewarts Root Beer and vanilla ice cream, along with beer-based floats such as the Vanilla Porter Float ($9) with Breckenridge Porter, Cointreau and vanilla Ice Cream, and the Blueberry Wheat Float ($9) with Shipyard Blueberry Wheat Beer and vanilla Ice Cream.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Happy National Lobster Day!

National Lobster Day is here and summer is the perfect time to score the freshest shells. Check out these NYC restaurants and what delicious lobster dishes they will be serving, as well as a couple of recipes for Do-It-Yourself-ers!

Carmine's: Lobster Fra Diavolo

Vai: three-course National Lobster Day menu featuring dishes such as sauteed lobster fricasse

RESTAURANT 101
Lowcountry for Bold Men

In the West Village, located on West 10th Street, is a taste of the South. Lowcountry, also known as a specific Southern cuisine that is usually associated with South Carolina and the Georgia coast, is now a New York City restaurant that is definitely worth paying a visit.

Patsy Cline, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones make their appearance on the walls of this establishment. The cozy atmosphere really sets the tone from your first step to your first bite. Modern Art, rustic-looking mirrors and hanging light bulbs remind you that you are still in New York. The exposed brick along with plywood ceilings, green-painted wooden benches with brown banquets and a green wall-to-wall cabinet that showcases all their bourbon depicts a more country-like dining experience.

DAILY BITES
Get the Lowdown at Lowcountry

This Sunday, from 11am to 4pm, special guest Chef Ron Eyester, of Atlanta's Rosebud, will be joining forces with Lowcountry's new chef Oliver Gift. They will be offering up an a la carte menu of classic dishes from Rosebud, as well as some special plates developed by both chefs. The guest brunch special will be celebrating the spirit of the lowcountry region with the West Village restaurant, known for its SoCo food and high-quality bourbons.