Pick a drink, then make a night of it with food and fun. You'll seem like less of a lush.
Mon Dec 8 2008
Harvest punch at Clover Club
Cognac and aged rum are fortified with autumnal hallmarks like Cuarenta y Tres (a vanilla liqueur) and mulled cider.
210 Smith St between Baltic and Butler Sts, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (718-855-7939). $45 for a bowl (serves 4--6).
Sopas de mariscos at Cubana Cafe
Shrimp, mussels and calamari are bathed in a sinus-clearing broth.
272 Smith St between DeGraw and Sackett Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-858-3980). $6.50.
On Fri 12, this indie bookshop and caf hosts a Narnia-themed party in celebration of Laura Miller’s new book.
123 Columbia St between DeGraw and Kane Sts, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (718-643-8484, freebirdbooks.com)
Sloe Autumn Fizz at Perilla
The ingredient mash-up in this ruby-hued libation doesn’t sound particularly intuitive: Grapefruit juice and club soda join Plymouth gin, sloe gin and nocino (an Italian walnut liqueur) over rocks. But as a potable pastiche, it works beautifully. The drink starts tart and refreshing, but ends with a long, bitter finish.
9 Jones St between Bleecker and W 4th Sts (212-929-6868). $12.
Fried quail at Elettaria
The bustling bar here is as much of a draw as the dining room, particularly if you’re nibbling on the crisp-battered quail—succulent, semiboneless drumsticks paired with fried quail-egg frise aux lardons and pickled mango.
33 W 8th St at MacDougal St (212-677-3833, elettarianyc.com). $12.
Martha Clarke’s 1984 dance-theater piece runs nearby.
18 Minetta Ln between Sixth Ave and MacDougal St (212-420-8000). $40--$110.
Kbler absinthe at White Star
At Sasha Petraske’s latest venture, this nip is presented with pageantry: An ice-water drip dissolves a sugar cube, turning the spirit into a sweetly numbing, opaque pleasure.
21 Essex St between Canal and Hester Sts (212-995-5464). $8.
Margherita D.O.C. at Isabella’s Oven
Perfectly charred crust, a sweet smear of tomato sauce and oozing pillows of buffalo mozzarella: It’s amore.
365 Grand St near Essex St (212-529-5206). Mini $11, large $21.
This bitsy venue has surefire nightly lineups.
196 Allen St between E Houston and Stanton Sts (212-477-4155, rockwoodmusichall.com)
13th Century Grut Bier at Beer Table
Styled after a medieval beer, this elixir is light on hops, favoring other botanicals like bay leaf, anise and licorice. The process yields a refreshing quaff with a satisfyingly puckerworthy undertone.
427B Seventh Ave between 14th and 15th Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-965-1196). $14.
Calzone at Anthony’s
The lowbrow pizza pocket is redeemed here: Each moon-shaped pouch, blistered in a wood-burning oven, harbors slices of elastic mozzarella, creamy deposits of fresh ricotta and (at our request) slivers of raw garlic.
426A Seventh Ave between 14th and 15th Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-369-8315). Small $8, large $13.
Whether it’s the Tin Pan Alley sounds of Bill Carney’s Jug Addicts or Chicha Libre’s Peruvian pop, you’ll get flavor at this Franco lounge.
376 9th St at Sixth Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-965-9177, barbesbrooklyn.com). $10 suggested donation for events.
Hot buttered rum at Little Branch
This steamy glass of silky-rich nostalgia is enough to give wassailing a good name again.
20 Seventh Ave South at Leroy St (212-929-4360). $13.
Stilton and pork pie at Myers of Keswick
A cheap, savory, tangy and absolutely filling lunch about the size and heft of a paperweight.
634 Hudson St between Horatio and Jane Sts (212-691-4194). $2.50.
Jonathan Ames tells stories at the Speakeasy series (Tue 16).
29 Cornelia St between Bleecker and W 4th Sts (212-989-9319). $10.
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