Booze Bulletin

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NEW OPENING

THE MOCKINGBIRD: Grit meets swank, in an East Village way, at the new bar nestled below Alphabet City’s newest Tex-Mex hot spot, Avenida Cantina. The painted walls acknowledge the local artists who built the bar by hand. With an extensive list of tequilas and mezcals and skilled bartenders, you can’t go wrong with one of their specialty cocktails like The Smoke Show or Tuco Blondie. Head to this East Village hideout for a catch up with friends, a night of burlesque, or a game on the big screen and you'll find yourself smiling the night away. View the full booze menu…


HOT NEW HAPPY HOURS

SYNDICATED: The new restaurant, bar and independent movie theater now open in Bushwick, debuts their movie-themed food and drink happy hour pairings available in the restaurant and bar from 4 pm - 7pm from Monday – FridayExecutive Chef Bret Macris offers creative comfort food to complement the beer and spirits, such as the Titanic (popcorn fried oysters served with Rockaway Pale Ale, $15); Mary’s Poppins (house-cured corned beef scrumpets, panko-crusted and fried, paired with Kelso Brown Ale, $15), Cloudy with a Chance Of…(Bacon-Butter Meatballs with an Old Fashioned, $16); and the King and Rye (Peanut Butter-Banana Sandwich with a shot of rye whiskey). The happy hour also features $2 off draft beer, wine and well drinks, as well as a $6 Narragansett + well shot special with Old Overholt Rye, Jack Daniel's Green Label Whiskey or Lunazul Reposado Tequila at the bar. View venue details…

TIMNA: This week the modern Israeli restaurant in the East Village launched an Aperitif Hour which will be available Tuesday through Friday from 5:30pm-7:30pm in the bar room. The deal includes a $12 drink and food pairing; guests can enjoy any of the beers or house wine by the glass paired with their choice of regular menu items such as Farro & Vegetables (with warm tahini and date molasses), Chinatown Salad (glass noodles, green bean tempura, ginger-cilantro pesto & baby radish), or one of the popular small plates like the Kubaneh Bread or the creamy, nutty Chestnut Soup (with enoki mushrooms and quail egg yolk). View venue details…

PIORA: Beginning tonight the Michelin-starred West Village restaurant with an ambitious Japanese-style cocktail program, introduces the Lucky 7 Happy Hour. 7 days a week from 5:30 – 7pmHead Bartender Shinya Yamao will offer 7 cocktails for just $7 each, along with $7 glasses of red and white wine selected by Wine Director Victoria James and $6 draft beers. Additionally, when the clock strikes 6pm, bar guests will receive a complimentary bar snack hot out of the oven courtesy of Piora Pastry Chef Ryan Butler - tonight he kicks off with herb-parmesan cornmeal financiers. Guests at the bar can also play the 'Lucky 7 Card Draw' – draw a no. 7 card to win a free cocktail from the happy hour list. All other signature cocktails can be enjoyed for just $10 during happy hour. View the booze menu…


MORE BOOZE NEWS

BRUNCH at BOURBON SPRINGS: The Williamsburg newcomer serving Southern cuisine with Louisiana flair launches brunch. Beginning at 11am on weekends, guests can enjoy Southern staples like Shrimp and Grits (with creole butter and scallions) and Eggs Sardou served with home fries. Wash it down with their refreshing Grapefruit Mimosa. PLUS, from now until February 9th they’ll be dishing out specialty New Orleans-inspired food and drink options nightly in honor of Mardi Gras, including King Cake! View Mardi Gras details…

CHINESE NEW YEAR at FUNG TU: Celebrate the Year of the Monkey from February 8th - February 13th with creative riffs on traditional holiday dishes in addition to the regular dinner menu at Fung Tu. Executive Chef/Partner Jonathan Wu and Chef de Cuisine/Partner Matt John Wells will serve celebratory specials such as Scallop Wontons in Mushroom-Celery Broth ($15) and Chestnut Mooncakes with Cashew Ice Cream ($7) for dessert. The seafood-filled wontons shaped like ancient silver and gold ingots symbolize wealth according to Chinese tradition, while mooncakes (round, tender pastries with a dense filling) symbolize family togetherness. Guests can also sip on festive cocktails such as the Money Tree (Fino and Amontillado Sherry, Cynar artichoke-based bittersweet, herbaceous liqueur, and two types of bitters - Peychaud’s and Angostura); the Chāng Pāo which is named after the golden robes that Buddhist monks wear as the drink has three layers of pastel colors, gold, clear and pink, and features Cocchi Americano infused with osmanthus flowers native to China, dry sparkling wine and Peychaud’s bitters; and Baijiu Bijou, a play on the classic Bijou cocktail that showcases China’s national spirit, baijiu. Make a reservation…

CHINESE NEW YEAR with MONKEY SHOULDER: In honor of the Year Of The Monkey, from February 8th-February 18th bars around town will be serving specialty cocktails using Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky. For these limited-time cocktails head to Kings County Imperial in Williamsburg for their Year of the Monkey Cocktail made with Monkey Shoulder, Solerno, Blood Orange Puree, Served up or on the rocks or try the Lucky Double Eight at Chinatown's Louie and Chan with Monkey Shoulder, honey vanilla syrup, fresh lemon juice, and chai tea.

And don't forget, the Prosecco Pop-Up at In Vino runs through February. Read more...

(Photos from left: Scallop Wontons at Fung Tu; Salary Man at Piora by Michael Tulipan; The Mockingbird interior)


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