1221 Sixth Avenue
(at 48th Street)
New York, NY 10020
Rockefeller Center welcomed new cocktail lounge Forty Eight on Monday to the excitement of McGraw-Hill building workers and beyond. The swanky spot has been described by owner Brian Packer as "a sexy yet sophisticated environment where the best of cocktails, wines and small plates will be served - all mini-indulgences to satisfy the senses." The menu is fairly extensive and lives up to the lounge’s name, offering 48 different appetizers for you to try along with your designer drink. Forty Eight is open Monday- Thursday until 2am and Friday-Saturday until 4am.
Le Souk, a restaurant/nightclub on Avenue B and 4th Street, just received its newly minted liquor license and reopened on Monday.
The bar recently had its license revoked, due in part to the actions taken by the East 4th Street block association and Community Board 3, a local committee on urban development. But the ruling was overturned in the State Supreme Court after a countersuit by the club owner.
There has been long standing contention between the owner of Le Souk, Marcus Jacob, and the tenants of 4th Street. Locals have been regularly complaining on message boards that Jacob’s bar is overcrowded, isn’t sanctioned to be a nightclub, and creates too much noise and traffic congestion.
So I’m sitting on the plane from Chicago to LA listening to Metric and desperately trying to tune out the little devils sitting in front of me. I have never seen such bad parenting in my entire life. I swear the more time I spend in airports lately touring, the more I notice how many bad parents there are … “Oh little Bobby do you want grilled chicken or steak for dinner hunny? Or would you rather both? Mommy can make you both!” … barf! And you wonder why these kids act like spoiled little monsters!
My parents made dinner and I ate it. There was no long-winded discussion needed for a 5 year old’s sudden whim for a nice hanger steak instead of fried chicken. When I went on planes I sat in my seat with my seatbelt fastened and colored in my Barbie coloring book. I didn’t put the tray table up and down and up and down until the person in front of me got a stress ulcer. Now I love kids but I swear to g-d if one thing could make me not hold back it is airport child monsters. But anyways, I will focus on the positive, which is the fact of why I am on this plane in the first place. And that is touring!
United Restaurant and Tavern Owners of New York, Inc. in association with the Murph Guid will be presenting the NYC Bartenders Ball-End of Summer Bash on the water. The event will be hosted by WABCTV Anchor Ken Rosato on Monday September 14th at 6 pm at P.D. O’Hurley’s. There will be over 1,000 nightlife industry people in attendance. Scores of prizes are to be distributed and all money will be donated to charity.
So for those of you that don’t know, Bartenders' Ball is celebrated across the nation. The first Bartenders' Ball was founded in Washington, D.C. over 30 years ago in 1978 with over 2,500 attending at the Washington Hilton. Now cities across the nation hold their own Bartenders' Ball including Las Vegas, Charlotte, Rhode Island, Long Island, Boston, Denver, Saratoga Springs, St. Louis, San Diego, Richmond, Milwaukee, Baltimore, and Philadelphia….. Millions of dollars are raised at these Balls for hospitals, charities, and various not-for profit organizations that support their local communities.
First he brought us the ultra-chic Standard Hotel, then he brought us the ultra-popular Standard Grill and now André Balazs has quieted the High Line revelers cry for a cold one with the Standard Beer Garden. Located directly underneath the High Line, the Standard Beer Garden offers a perfect summer scene of picnic tables, ping-pong, and, of course, beer. Draft beer is not yet available (it’s bottled only for now), but will be coming soon along with those trademark beer garden sausages and a special Standard touch- table side keg service.
Just because the summer is nearing end, doesn’t mean we all have to stop drinking. Actually, the coming winter months may just be reason enough to drink more. And there is nothing like an ice cold brew ski to perk up your spirits.
And not that you're necessarily about to go on an epic 16-hour beer bender, but it's good to know there's a new spot tailor-made to fight the good fight and while away languid long, hot, summer stretches…
For all of you looking to cool down and drink up, Berry Park beer garden is planning to open this Friday in Williamsburg. The massive barn like structure with rustic dark wood, concrete floors, and picnic tables, offers 15 beers on tap. For all you beer connoisseurs, their beers include tongue twisters like Köstritzer Schwarzbier.
The word 'margarita' already takes away from the staunch face of sipping down bottom-shelf tequila. Check out these city spots that are infusing the summer staple drink with bold flavors and higher quality hooch. Weather sipping a glass or downing a pitcher, these five places are sure to have you floored.
Las Chicas Locas perhaps has the cities boldest margarita. Their famous Blushing Chica is infused with agave nectar and merlot. Their specialty cocktails are custom created by resident mixologist and LCL General Manager Chris Romano. The bar offers an array of margaritas.
It looks like NYC nightlife is taking a turn for the worse during this ever expanding recession. Clubs are closing and velvet ropes grow dustier by the day. The fact is people just don’t want to spend money on frivolous nightlife activities like they use to. What is an alcoholic to do during these tough times? Scour the city for the cheapest drink deals! And by cheap we mean $1 beers. After all, it takes the talents of a true alcoholic to search high and low and cross bridge and tunnel to find the cities best beer deals.
So if you are in an adventurous mood,count your pennies for this city wide drinker's dream come true.