Tahona Smash and One Flight Up at Pouring Ribbons
Rake and Consort at Pouring Ribbons
RECOMMENDED: Food & Drink Awards 2013
In 2012, the craft cocktail movement broke out of its pre-Prohibitionary holding pattern, delivering cheeky soda fountains (Evelyn Drinkery), breezy Central American cathedrals (Donna) and bohemian clubhouses (Tooker Alley). But Pouring Ribbons earned your votes this year, with its bright, modern space; ambitious quaffs; and staunch anti-speakeasy posture. There are flawless standards here—a strapping Manhattan, a tingly champagne cocktail fizzing with sugar and Angostura bitters—but big-swinging bar talents Joaquín Simó, Troy Sidle and Toby Maloney (along with business partner Jason Cott) really come out to play with their original drinks. A summery mai tai variation made with corn milk and bourbon, and a refreshing salted honeydew-absinthe tipple prove that these cocktail honchos aren’t enslaved by the classics—they’re busy inventing new ones. Pouring Ribbons, 225 Ave B between 13th and 14th Sts (917-656-6788, pouringribbons.com)
Oenophiles will want to check out Wine 34, a wine bar and restaurant. Order a glass of wine ($12–16), or choose a bottle from the extensive list of more than 300 wines from around the world. Suds and spirit lovers will also be happy to see that Wine 34 has a draft beer and craft cocktail menu. As for food, the menu changes seasonally and focuses on fresh and local ingredients. Like any good wine bar, Wine 34 offers a customizable selection of cheese and charcuterie (one for $7, three for $16, five for $23) as well as appetizers like gulf shrimp with green peppercorn sauce ($14) and pan-seared scallops with asparagus risotto ($15). Entrees include lamb loin eye with lemon mashed potatoes and shaved Brussels sprouts ($30), grilled hangar steak with sauteed spinach, red wine sauce and truffle fries ($26) and a selection of flatbreads with toppings like prosciutto, ricotta and sweet onions ($12 for a small, $16 for a large).
Venue says: “It’s Wine thirty…four. Another place to relax and have a glass. We are proud to have received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for 2016.”