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"With the new spring cocktail list there's a big change in terms of seasonality, of course—things that are lighter, more refreshing—but also a philosophical shift where we're focused on making drinks that are more cohesive with the food," explains Sean Kelly, bar manager at NoHo's Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria.
They say that necessity is the mother of invention. At the freshly opened Bowery restaurant Pearl & Ash, the need was for a list of cocktails that fit within the constraints of the space's wine and beer license. Their creative solution? A collection of mixed drinks that feature beer and fortified wines like sherry, port, and vermouth as the base ingredient.
For a bar that has no kitchen of its own—Madam Geneva shares one with its sister restaurant Saxon + Parole next door—this gin-focused cocktail den delivers a deliciously creative bar menu true to its vintage Singaporean style.
Nothing too novel, but it hits just the right balance of sweet and bitter, vegetable-heavy and goat cheese-creamy.
Gin was once known as 'Madam Geneva', so it's no surprise that Laura Lashley and Naren Young's new cocktail menu for the Bowery bar by that name focuses exclusively on the juniper-enhanced spirit—but it's hardly a limiting factor. "The menu really has something for everyone," says Lashley, "even those who come in thinking they're not big fans of gin. These are all balanced and accessible drinks that bring a fresh element and an herbal element that ties in nicely with the food." They have 29 different gins currently stocked in the bar, and the new cocktails feature a range of different gins picked to pair well with ingredients such as kalamansi, star anise, yuzu, Vietnamese mint, kaffir lime, and Thai basil.
Even at 6:00pm on a recent evening, The Wren was packed nearly to capacity with under-30s on their second or third pint. It's already a drinking destination, to be sure. But would The Wren be a good place to grab a bite as well? We're already fans of the dressed-up bar food at Wilfie and Nell, the owners' previous bar-restaurant, so we had high hopes. What we found was a mix of solid bar food and a bit more, perhaps nothing worth traveling for, but more than good enough to line your belly after a few pints of ale—and gently priced, for the area.
Given that it's a sit-down restaurant on Bowery and Houston, not an outer-borough sub shop, there's no reason to expect that Pulino's is going to serve up cheap overstuffed sandwiches. But their Italian Sub ($12) gets a lot of things right.
Motorino's Mathieu Palombino has a knack for genre-hopping, having left fine dining to open one of our favorite pizzerias in New York. So it didn't seem that unlikely when Palombino decided to open a diner on the Bowery.
Both pimento fans and cheesesteak purists might object to the naming of this sandwich (you might as well call it a po' boy, and get that camp riled up too!), but the Pimiento Cheesesteak ($10) at Peels is a pretty tasty thing.
Saxon + Parole gets packed at night; the crowds come for cocktails and the juicy egg-topped burger. But when we arrived early on a Saturday morning to check out their new brunch, the room was calm and bright, with plenty of tables available. I predict that won't last long; there are lots of delicious morning bites here.
I've eaten a fair few turkey-avocado sandwiches in my time (hey, it's my duty as a Californian), but never one as well-named as the Gobblecado ($10). Perfect, right? It's a sandwich of smoked turkey with creamy avocado and a chili mayo that does a great job of perking up those mild flavors.
Sweet potato pies never really get the attention they deserve, often sitting in the shadows of pumpkin. So you'll have to thank Peels for bringing sweet potato pie front and center this fall.
"I want to make the kind of food people crave," says chef Brad Farmerie, of Public, The Monday Room, and, his most recent, Saxon + Parole. The Bowery space, styled by acclaimed design firm AvroKO, used to house Farmerie's Southeast Asian-English Double Crown; that restaurant closed in August and, within three and a half weeks, was reborn as Saxon + Parole, almost unrecognizable as the same restaurant.
At Pulino's, the Walnut and Fig Bar is accompanied by a Mixed Berry Smoothie—$8 for the set, making for a well-balanced breakfast or afternoon snack.
A good biscuit sandwich demands a good biscuit, and luckily, that's what you'll find at Peels.
Taavo Somer's and William Tigertt's newest restaurant, Peels, has a breakfast menu with something to please everyone.
In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check...
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] The cake is solid, but the frosting steals the show in this buttery wedge from Peels, the new cafe from the owner of Freemans. All the pastries are baked on-site by highly credentialed pastry chef...
Antithetical to the New York City coffee shop experience is Third Rail Coffee's pop-up shop in Rapha, a high-end bicycle clothier on the Bowery—erected this summer only, as a calling card for the UK-based company. A very, very fancy...