Brooklyn Oenology

Brooklyn Oenology Winery (pron. 'EN-ology', or simply 'BOE'), is a locally focused winery based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, founded in 2006 by winemaker Alie Shaper. BOE works to bridge the culinary, agricultural, and art worlds by crafting award-winning regional wines from NY State grapes and by displaying the work of New York City artists on their bottle labels.

Pegu Club

Audrey Saunders, co-owner of Pegu Club and one of New York’s premier mixologists, is a protégé of Dale DeGroff, the storied, former bartender at the art deco Rainbow Grill. The elegant, one-flight-up Pegu Club is decorated to evoke the feeling of its 19th-century Burma predecessor, famous for its eponymous cocktail. Audrey provides her nonpareil bartenders with inspiration and the stuff of great cocktails, the best ingredients, including the perfect, and occasionally rare, spirits, freshly squeezed juices, and house-made ingredients like her spicy ginger beer.

Bemelmans Bar

The beautifully art deco Bemelmans is high up on my short list of the best bars in the world (let alone New York City). The cocktails, prepared with the best ingredients by veteran barmen, are classic: great and generous Martinis and seasonal, historically significant Old Cubans, Gin-Gin Mules, Tom and Jerrys, and... the list goes on. All this and live piano covers of Cole Porter tunes and whimsical, occasionally naughty murals painted during the 1930's by artist and author Ludwig Bemelmans, creator of the "Madeline" stories, deliver a quintessentially New York experience. 

Flat Iron Lounge

The word "lounge" is thrown around a lot these days, but when you walk into the elegant and comfortable Flatiron Lounge, you'll have a definite "Aha!" moment—this is what it means. It's one of the best cocktail bars in the world, but their friendly staff and level of service will have you feeling like it's your neighborhood bar. Proprietor, mixologist, and Slow Food friend Julie Reiner brings a knack for fruit from her native Hawaii to the seasonal menu of classics and house-invented specialties.

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