Weekend Picks: Sake & Sushi, Double Takes and Toasting to Mexican Independence
Get your food fix at these new NYC gems

With fall in full swing, expect not only for leaves to change colors and temperatures to be turning but a slew of new restaurants and bars to be popping up all over town. Foodies and cocktail aficionados, this one's for you. Nosh on sushi and sake in Soho, hit Flatiron to sip classic cocktails at one of our favorite drinks-only lounges and a brand new Whisky bar and Tequila and Mezcal mavens can celebrate Mexico's independence at hot, Hell's Kitchen Tequileria, Anejo.  Kampai. Cheers. Salud. Here's the line-up:

Trump It Up

Today, Friday, September 14th debuts Koi Soho at The Trump Soho New York.  

Koi SoHo dishes out an innovative take on the art of food in a luxurious and sensual dining oasis. Japanese foodies can indulge on artfully plated items like Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, Baked Crab Rolls and Miso-Bronzed Black Cod while sinking into a serene urban oasis style environment.
The well-thought out wine list is global, featuring domestic and international selections. A selection of Ports, Cognacs and Armagnac’s are also available. The creative and tasty cocktails including specialty, classic, tropical and sake inspired blends provoke the adventurous side of one’s palette. 

The house specialty is the Koi-Tini featuring Cointreau, pomegranate juice, orange juice and sparkling wine.
Koi SoHo is located at Trump SoHo at 246 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013. 
For additional information please visit www.KoiRestaurant.com

Flatiron Room takes a Nod from Flatiron Lounge? 

At least in the name game it does. The newly opened Whisky bar definitely pulled a doozy by dubbing its hub so similarly after the long time, well-respected all cocktail haven a la Flatiron Lounge. Hopefully FR's 500+ Whisky list is enough to lure in avid cocktail connoisseurs (aka, Julie Reiner groupies; Reiner owns sipping hot spots like Flatiron Lounge, Clover Club and Lani Kai).

At Flatiron Room, dram fans can sip on selections like Macallan 10 and Balvenie 21 year Port Wood while enjoying nightly rotating jazz performances, cozy brown-wood laden decor and a balcony tasting room. Rye ballers can flash and cash their way through bottles worth thousands like The John Walker that goes for a steep $4500. But, If sippin' this brown spirit solely seems daunting, order up one of the pre-made cocktails and nosh on items like oysters and charcuterie. Once you've had enough of Whisky a-go-go, we recommend walking a couple blocks over and ordering a seriously legit, hand-crafted Manhattan, Old Cuban or Siegert's Swizzle from the Flatiron Lounge. See and sip how it's really done. 

Flatiron Room is located at 37 W. 26th St. www.flatironroom.com. 
Flatiron Lounge is located at 37 W 19th St. (between Avenue Of The Americas & 5th Ave) www.flatironlounge.com.

Celebrate Mexican Independence 

On September 16, 1810 the church bells rang in the small town of Dolores, signifying the official start of Mexico’s War of Independence from Spain. This Saturday, September 15th Hell's Kitchen Tequileria, Anejo will be toasting to Mexican Independence Day with a special 4-course dinner including Tequila, Mezcal and cocktail pairings for $65/person. Agave fans will enjoy custom cocktails by Beverage Manager, Joshua Wortman and taste their way through well and lesser known Mexican spirits while learning about the rustic beginnings of traditional mezcal production through modern distillation of both mezcal and tequila. 

Añejo Tequileria y Restaurante is located at 668 10th Avenue (at 47th Street)
4 Course Dinner including Tequila, Mezcal and Cocktail Pairing
$65 per person
Guests are invited to stay at Añejo after the meal for a restaurant-wide celebration.