May 15, 2010

“One by one the nights between our separated cities are joined to the night that unites us.” – Pablo Neruda

As this hits your inbox, I’ve just arrived in New York for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic and eight days of food, drink and dear friends. Back in my beloved Big Apple, the city that first awakened me to the world when, at age 14, my family moved to New Jersey, it’s always my second home, feeling all too easy to slip into life wandering its neighborhoods. More NY coming soon.

Top Tastes focuses solely on “cheap eats” with Venezuelan snacks, towering bagels, authentic Bahn Mi, Calcutta chai, and more of Ike’s incomparable sandwiches (hurry before they’re – temporarily – gone?) Imbiber explores champagne at Bubble Lounge (take note of their soon-to-launch Elizabeth Falkner dessert menu), returns to Heaven’s Dog, hits three wine events covering Austria, South Africa, California.

Tiki time at Smuggler's Cove

Visit the yet-to-open Comstock Saloon, Fifth Floor and Smuggler’s Cove, all for a private Pernod Absinthe Crawl On the Town in 1961 Silver Cloud Rolls Royces! The Latest is a meal at brand new Inner Sunset brewery, Social Kitchen. Around the Bay heads South for authentic Italian pasta in San Mateo.
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