Fewer things complement a brisk autumn day quite like a spiced apple cider, especially if there’s booze involved. Though Cider Week is coming to a close this weekend, you can still get nice n’ toasty at these cozy spots offering some of the best hard cider options in the city.
Terroir Wine Bar
With fourteen cider varietals like the New York-bred Bittersweet cider from Eve’s Cidery ($28 for 750mL bottle) and various German apelweins, there’s no shortage of spiced apple at this wine bar. But be prepared to drink quite a bit: You'll only have one 6-ounce option, Farmhouse Organic Hard Cider ($6).
While we doubt you need another reason to hit this city favorite, Gramercy Tavern's tasting of its ten cider offerings is a good one. Shell out the big bucks for a 750mL bottle of Aaron Burr Neversink Highlands, a dry peppery blend of foraged crab apples, for a whopping $52, or keep it simple with a smooth glass of Eve’s Beckhorn Hollow ($9).
The Queens Kickshaw
Without a doubt this is one of Astoria’s best locales for hard cider. Choose from 30 international ciders like Oliver’s Classic Perry from England, which is blended with vintage pears and garden herbs ($18 for 750mL bottle), and pints like French Dupont Cidre naturally fermented with cooked apples and caramel ($8).
Jimmy’s No. 43
Trade in the usual pitcher of suds for a bottle of hard cider or try a couple of their eight on-tap ciders like the intensely fragrant and oaky Deutsch Weidmann & Groh ($12) and Black Currant Cider from Slyboro ($36 for 750mL bottle), a dark, farm-made number with a black currant bite.
Written by Ashley Cox