Food and Beverage
It was in a cozy Brooklyn hideaway, Night of Joy, that we met our first female sommelier. Theresa Paopao had a deck of tarot cards, and we had begged her to give us a reading. (Which came out all swords, something Ms. Paopao claimed that she had never seen before; hurriedly shoving her cards back into a deck and shifting her chair slightly away from us.) We assumed that she was just another Williamsburg hipster.
“Actually, I’m the wine director for Momofuku,” Ms. Paopao told us. We gasped, audibly shocked into silence as if she had just casually dropped that she was a lumberjack or ran an advertising agency.
“But you’re a woman!” we sputtered.
Here Come the Stories of the Hurricane
“Pretty much anything they can get their hands on,” said Matt Barclay at Park Slope’s Bierkraft in answer to The Observer‘s question about what types of beer people were picking up in anticipation of Hurricane Irene.
The rush is, indeed, on at some of the city’s tonier beer and wine stores, as news of the storm’s approach rises toward an ursine belch.
Somewhere along the line, beer became as viable an option as wine for something to bring to a dinner party in New York. So be it.
Now what? Faux pas await you, ones you’d never find with wine.
For one thing, wine has labels to give even the cheapest hooch the veneer of respectability. No Read More
It is January and it is currently snowing outside. Is this the correct time to drink rosé, that summeriest of summery wines? The New York Times advises you to throw caution, etiquette, logic and sanity to the wind and do just that.
Times booze expert Eric Asimov’s campaign for the frivolous — but tasty! Read More
An important warning, courtesy John Kinnucan, tech consultant to Wall Street firms: Now that the authorities are reaching a key stage in a three-year, across-the-board investigation into insider trading, a glass of wine on the front porch just got a lot less calmly contemplative for high-powered financiers and their consultants:
John Kinnucan says he Read More
In a political atmosphere defined by unbridgeable budget deficits, rising tax rates, and venomously argued cuts to public services, a widely popular initiative that promises $162 million of new revenue to New York State should coast through the legislative process with minimal dissent.
Last March, Governor Paterson watched his plan to legalize the Read More
Top 10 Wine Bars, #9
At Xicala, a Nolita tapas bar a hair smaller than the average Manhattan living room, sangria isn’t just an afterthought. It’s the specialty. Preparation is careful—not ladled from a sludgy jug of leftover table wine and fermenting fruit. Wine is studded with fresh strawberries, which add in Read More
The cost of the average drink in New York City has soared 7.3 percent to $10.12, according to the 2007/2008 Zagat Survey New York City Nightlife
, released Wednesday.
Perhaps not coincidentally, New Yorkers are cutting back slightly on nights out per week (2.0) and on their nightly drink intake (3.2), compared to years past, the Read More
The mood was festive at last night's townhouse showing/wine tasting/book signing at 310 East 53rd Street.
"Welcome to our home," a woman joked as partygoers sauntered around the 4,000-square-foot property.
Four floors above the midtown after-work happy hour scene, brokers and media types munched on figs with blue cheese and downed wine as Read More