New Brew Friday- Shook Ones

It's New Brew Friday and Memorial Day weekend vibes are hitting in hard here at NYC Tastes.  It seemed like the work week was never going to end but it's finally here and we're celebrating with a new collaboration IPA Shook Ones.

This Double IPA was brewed by Equilibrium and Other Half with a trio of hop goodness using Mosaic, Citra and Amarillo  It pours a bright hazy yellow with aromas of pineapple and lemon on the nose with a fruity, citrus candied orange flavor.  It's the perfect local beverage for cracking open this long weekend.  Cheers!

Equilibrium Brewing
22 Henry Street
Middletown, NY 10940

La Nuit de Rosé

This past weekend downtown Manhattan turned into one big pink party with La Nuit de Rosé, the world's first festival dedicated to rosé wine.

The celebration kicked off on Pier 40 as guests boarded the Hornblower Infinity Yacht on a pink runway; just a small preview of what's was about to happen inside.

Pink, white and gold balloons covered the ceiling of the #todaywerose corner where Mionetto Prosecco, Gloria Ferrer Brut Rose and Gratien & Meyer crémant were pouring bright and bubbly all afternoon.

The wine tasting spread out across three floors of the boat, showcasing rosé from 200 wineries around the world.

Ultimate Provence was pouring magnums and jérobaoms of their spicy Provence rosé made from a blend of cinsault, syrah and grenache.

California winery JNSQ (Je ne sais quoi) won the award for the most beautiful bottle design...

Followed by the elegant Chateau Roubine  La Vie En Rosé whose lovey white vine etchings were the perfect match for the juicy notes of strawberry and …


Fast casual restaurants have taken over this city the past few years, and while I personally think most are best suited for a generic lunch, there's one spot that works amazing well for any meal, Mexicue. 

This laid back Mexican/BBQ spot began as a food truck back in 2010; roaming the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn serving up delicious tacos filled with pickled cabbage, cotija cheese and all kinds of smoked meat. Then in 2014 they set up shop at three locations across the city, expanding their menu from tacos and sliders to bowls, burritos and all sorts of fantastic cocktails.

Today the menu at Mexicue continues to evolve with items like Cornbread French Toast at brunch, bourbon fueled Mexican Mules during happy hour and their delicious Impossible Tacos, that taste exactly like the ground meat tacos Mom used to make but completely vegetarian. 

Of course the old favorites are still around as well, like those spicy brisket tacos topped with thick lime crema.  This is one fast casual…

Mother's Day Trifecta

Mother's Day is just around the corner so here's a trifecta of delightful, delicious ideas from NYC Tastes for celebrating that special person this Sunday.

Raspberry Croissants at Patisserie Chanson- These pink striped pastries from Chanson not only look incredible with those stunning pink hues, but they taste incredible too. Buttery and flaky on the outside with ribbons of sweet raspberry woven through each layer and a chunk of creamy chocolate in the center. This is the perfect way to kick off a Mom filled morning.

Ravines Winery Argetsinger Vineyard Dry Riesling  It's always nice to toast Mom on her special day and New York's Ravines Wine Cellar has a Riesling just perfect for the occasion.  This dry white bursts with notes of white peach and sage with a lively acidity and a crisp, clean finish.  It's the perfect addition to some bubbly at brunch or a lovely afternoon aperitif. 

Isogud Preserved Flowers- Your Mom loves flowers and the movie Beauty and the Beast~BOO…

New Brew Friday- Belt Line Brewery

It's New Brew Friday and today we're drinking a delicious Double IPA from the new Belt Line Brewery in Buffalo, NY.

This frothy orange DIPA give off delightful aromas of fresh mango and pineapple with more juicy citrus fruit flavors on the palate of orange, mango and lychee with a bitter  finish.  This is a fantastic summer beer; full of fruit goodness but low enough abv (6.7%) to crush all day long.

In addition to beer, Belt Line has a full kitchen serving up a doughy Breadhive Everything Pretzels with white beer queso, a hefty Diner Double Cheeseburger and a few great veggie options like the Beyond Meat Chicago Dog loaded with Barrel + Brine pickles, Weber's Mustard, tomato and onion jam.

If you're headed to the Shelton Brothers Festival this October, Belt line is a great place to add to the beer weekend itinerary.

Belt-line Brewery & Kitchen
545 Swan Street
Buffalo, NY 14204

The Queens Night Market

The Queens International Night Market returns to Corona Park for it's fifth season this Saturday, with an incredible line-up of food vendors representing over 80 countries.  Since it began in 2015, the market has welcomed nearly one million visitors; many drawn to diversity and affordability of the event where all food is capped at just $5 dish.  The price cap continues today with only a handful of $6 exceptions.  

This year the Market is selling a limited number of ticketsto two "Sneak Preview" nights on  April 20th & 27th.  Guests can purchase a $5 ticket here for market entry before the public opening on May 4th, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit The New York Immigration Coalition and City Harvest.

Here's a run down of some of the fantastic food you can expect this year:

Native NoodlesSingaporean Laska Noodles- rice noodles, prawn and laska leaf in a coconut curry sauce

Joon RicePomegranate Walnut Chicken- a sweet and sour blend of chicken, ground wa…

La Barra at Little Spain

The new Hudson Yards opening has completely changed my quality of life at work.  What was once a desolate wasteland of crappy bodegas and a lone Subway sandwich shop, has now exploded into an actual food and drink destination.  Restaurants by world renown chefs Thomas Keller, David Chang and Michael Lomonaco dot the upper floors of the mall while the incredible Chef Jose Andres took over the basement with Mercado Little Spain. 

I've heard this space being referred to as the Spanish Eataly as guests can eat, drink and shop as they peruse the different market stalls. However the focus here is much more on the prepared foods than bringing separate ingredients home to cook on one's own.  

I was solo on my first visit so I focused on the tapas bar La Barra, where I could sit and order food and drink without moving around from kiosk to kiosk.  My glass of Spanish Rose was absolutely delicious but at $17 a glass the meager pour I received was disappointing to say the least.

Things impro…