When the people behind a bar as serious as Cienfuegos in the East Village decide to serve brunch, they don't half-ass the drinks. No boring mimosas here: the cocktails included with the $13-15 brunch prix fixe are complex and flavorful additions to your meal.
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It's not exactly a bar. Yet walking into Brooklyn's cave-like Beer Table, there's a welcoming familiarity, something warm and right about the small shared tables and lanternlike light that makes you feel maybe a little less weird about nestling up with a $30 beer.
'Tis the season for eggnog, for hot toddies and spiked cider, for apple brandy, buttered rum, Spanish coffee, and all things warming. Over the past few weeks, we've toured the city's bars, seeking out delicious and unusual winter cocktails. Here are the best winter drinks we tasted.
You can try the wines by the glass (and even better, the half-glass) and it's a remarkable learning experience to taste your way through a few of them (or the whole bar, if you've got all night.) You should do it now, though, because Maialino's Nebbiolo bar is on its way out.
Anfora is not a wine bar I'd recommend to everyone. If you like wine as the background music to a nice meal, and you're happiest with your regular Shiraz, you may be turned off. But if you're a little tired of everyday sipping and you want wine to surprise you, if you're willing to get a little dirty and a little funky, if you like your cheeses smelly, your chocolate salty, and your palate stretched a bit, then Anfora is the wine bar for you.