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Happy Hour at Gupshup

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On my continuing quest to find the city's best Happy Hours I stumbled into Gupshup the other day, the trendy bi-level Indian spot that just opened near Union Square.  I had heard the cocktails here were wonderful but I wasn't prepared for the pure delight of the Gold Spot Soda.  


Made with Spring 44 gin, fennel, lemon and cream soda this was like drinking a frothy vanilla and tamarind smoothie.  I almost drank the entire cocktail in one sip it was so delicious.


There are no food specials during happy hour but I ordered the Delhi Butter Chicken anyway served traditional style with a thick, creamy sauce...

...and a side of somewhat nontraditional Multi-Grain Naan which were light, crispy and simply spectacular.  Cocktails are just $10 during Gupshup happy hour but plan to come early if you want to relax.  The bar was at full capacity by 6:00 PM.

Gupshup
115 East 18th Street at Irving
New York, NY 10003

Cote

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Korean BBQ meets American Steakhouse in every sleek, over the top style as possible at Cote in Flatiron. This hot spot is known best for it's Butcher's Feast, a selection of four cuts of meat with Korean sides, but if you're a glutton (like most of us are) you'll probably want to add on a few extra items as well like the Korean Bacon. 


 These thick, squares of pork belly were almost melting when they arrived with a smokey, charred exterior and soft, fatty center kicked up a notch by spicy pickled jalapeno. 


I would also add on the Fisherman Welcome, a briny West Coast oyster topped with a beautiful dollop of uni.  What's not to love about that?


Onto the Butchers Feast a selection of four cuts of USDA Prime meat and American style Wagyu served with an array of Korean sides including spicy kimchi stew, savory dwen-jang stew, a gorgeous egg souffle, scallion salad and red leaf lettuce with ssam-jang.  It's a straight up feast of food.


The waiters cook everything for y…

New Brew Friday- Kane Sneakbox

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It's New Brew Friday and we're heading across the river to New Jersey's Kane Brewing for one of my favorite local beers Sneakbox.



Sneakbox is a pale ale made with 100% Citra hops giving off aromas of orange and mango with more citrus fruits, biscuit and malt on the finish.  It clocks in at just 5.2% making it an incredible sessionable beer, perfect for a long day of March Madness basketball watching.  Cheers to the weekend!

Kane Brewing
1750 Bloomsbury Avenue
Ocean Township, NJ 07712

Happy Hour at Huertas

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There are so many reasons to love Huertas; the tasty bites of tapas, the crispy churros and their fantastic happy hour that includes cocktails, wine and the incredible Basque Dog.


This sausage link stuffed with chorizo comes loaded with creamy aioli and piquillo mostarda.  It's spicy, sweet and easily one of the best things one can buy for $5.00 in NYC.  Paired with a bubbling glass of Cava and the window seat it's just about perfection.

Huertas
107 1st Avenue at 6th St.
New York, NY 10003

Bâtard

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We celebrated our anniversary this year at Bâtard, Drew Nieporent's charming and elegant French restaurant in Tribeca. After having just eaten at Frenchette and Le Coucou, I was a little hesitant on choosing another French spot, but Bâtard not only meet all of our expectations, it stood out among the three as our favorite.  


I began with a lovely Steak Tartare dressed with horseradish cream and everything bagel spice.  Mr. T had read the description from the menu, commenting that this dish was meant for me and he was absolutely right.  It had all the ingredients I love, with the heat from the horseradish pairing perfectly with the silky ribbons of steak and spice. 


He chose the Carrot & Coconut Soup dotted with crispy sweetbreads, vadouvan and spiced peanuts.  There was a wonderful interplay of spicy and savory with the curry powder teasing the richness of the coconut and sweetbreads.


Lobster Tagliatelle ($8 Supplement) with fennel and seafood broth was an absolute dream.  I trul…

Lunch at Frenchette

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When I read the Best of 2018 lists this year, there was one place that appeared in almost every article, Frenchette; a lively little French bistro on the edge of Tribeca. Chef Riad Nasr and Chef Lee Hanson are in the kitchen; a dynamic duo who opened the kitchen of Balthazar  together back in 1997.


The space exudes a mix of characteristics similar to city's classic French spots; the bright, clean elegance of Balthazar and the cool, bar vibe of Raouls; but it's also decidedly different with a small, simple menu and a casual, laid back style of service.


On the weekend lunch menu a rich, smoky Duck Confit served atop a bounty of root vegetables perfect for soaking up all the juicy drippings from the bird. 


A beautiful Brouillade studded with garlic Peconic escargot; a dish that truly showcases the French lust for butter.   



Crispy Pomme Frites with an eggy mayo...



...and a scoop of creamy Salted Caramel Ice Cream for dessert.  C'est Magnifique!

Frenchette
241 West Broadway
New York, …

New Brew Friday- Happy 5th Anniversary to Other Half!

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It's so crazy to think that five long years have passed since Other Half opened up its doors in Brooklyn.  Mr. T and I had been lamenting the nonexistent beer scene in NYC and then that tiny little tasting room opened up and voila, IPA's for everyone!  Of course it wasn't that perfect.  The tasting room was so small only one table fit inside and a single fan spun slowly in the corner, almost mocking us with its false attempt of respite from the scorching hot weather. 


But today the tap room is much bigger, release lines much more manageable and although I miss the single hop series that kicked off their fame, it's really great to have such an awesome brewery in the city.  Cheers to Other Half's Anniversary and New Brew Friday!

Other Half Brewing
195 Centre Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231