Desserts are coming up boozy, with spirits being poured straight into cupcake batters, cookie dough and piecrusts. First Prize Pies’ Allison Kave and Kumquat Cupcakery’s Keavy Blueher (pictured) joined forces for Butter & Scotch. Last November, the sugary power duo started plying Brooklyn Flea shoppers with their liquor-laced confections (mint julep cream pie, White Russian caramel corn) at their weekend-only stand—a precursor to their bakeshop–cocktail-bar hybrid, expected to open this spring. Baking legend Dorie Greenspan of Beurre & Sel also debuted a “Cocktail Collection” of mulled wine-infused shortbreads and port jam–topped cookies last September, and husband-and-wife team Matt and Allison Robicelli have been turning classic tipples such as Bellinis and hot buttered rum into spirits-soaked cupcakes at their bakery, Robicelli’s, since they launched in 2009. Even the Momofuku Milk Bar crew was tinkering with a recipe for a dirty martini cookie in late January, infusing the treat with dried olives and juniper sugar; it didn’t work out, but we don’t expect that to slow down the movement for alcohol-addled sweets.
Cantina Taqueria & Tequila Bar
Though Cantina opened as a simple neighborhood bar that just so happened to sell tacos, it soon expanded to offer everything from nachos to rice bowls to burritos. Start with a classic frozen margarita ($10.95) or Corona ($4.95) and a dip sampler of queso, guacamole and three house salsas ($11.95). Then, choose from the extensive menu of Mexican favorites, like a chili-lime chicken rice bowl ($12.95), a pulled pork and pineapple burrito ($12.95) or three of the many varieties of tacos made with fresh corn tortillas (all $15.95). In addition to the pulled pork and chicken, there’s also brisket, grilled steak, baja fish and sriracha shrimp. Snack on a side of elotes, or Mexican street corn with crema and cotija cheese, or sweet plantains (both $4.95). Deal seekers might want to stop by for their happy hour from 3 to 7pm on weekdays to score $5 guacamole, $6 margaritas and $2.95 tacos.
Venue says: “Bottomless Brunch is back! Add it for $12.95 for 60 mins. It's a Harlem Thing -Mimosas, Margarita and Sangria.”