Bar Talk

Bar Talk: Forging Ahead

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The seasonal cocktail program that sommelier Matthew Conway has assembled at Restaurant Marc Forgione, in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood, is a compelling complement to both the thoughtful wine list and the acclaimed chef’s cuisine. THE BEVERAGE NETWORK: Just like the food, the use of fresh ingredients is one of the cornerstones of your beverage program. ... read more>

Bar Talk: Ultimate Complement

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Chef Matt McCallister’s modern, farmers-market-driven cooking at FT33, in Dallas’ Design District, is what initial hooks diners. But once they catch a glimpse of General Manager and Wine Director Jeff Gregory’s beverage program, they won’t leave without sampling a cocktail like the Huck Fizz (huckleberry shrub, Caña Brava white rum, crème de violette, lime, splash ... read more>

Bar Talk: Informal Elegance

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

A vet of Washington, DC’s cocktail circuit—he first made waves at the cherished Bar Pilar—Adam Bernbach has his hands full as bar director of restaurateur Mark Kuller’s motley establishments, including doi moi, Estadio and Proof. Here, he delves into the inner workings of doi moi’s bona fide subterranean cocktail joint, 2 birds, 1 stone. THE ... read more>

Bar Talk: Manhattan Project

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

A native of France, Damien Aries is head bartender at the sexy Lower East Side outpost of the decidedly European sensation, Experimental Cocktail Club, which previously has set up shop in Paris (2007) and London’s Chinatown (2011). THE BEVERAGE NETWORK: What compelled you to leave the Parisian bar world for New York’s? DAMIEN ARIES: I ... read more>

Bar Talk: Kitchen Flip-Side

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Stefan Casseus is the bar manager of Heartwood, the new restaurant in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood from Bradford Thompson, Mark Fiorentino and Nick Mautone. The pies cranked out of the wood-burning oven may be the stars of the joint, but the extensive cocktail list also draws in locals. THE BEVERAGE NETWORK: Heartwood is first and ... read more>

Bar Talk: Second Calling

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Nick Nistico is first and foremost a bartender. Most recently the opening bar manager for Marc Forgione’s American Cut steakhouse in NYC, now he’s translating that operational expertise to Premier Beverage Company’s key accounts throughout ... read more>

Bar Talk: Ships Ahoy!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Clover Club and Monkey Bar alum Bryan Schneider runs the beverage programs at bustling General Assembly and 57th Street steakhouse Quality Italian, two disparate concepts in Alan and Michael Stillman’s father-son empire, Fourth Wall Restaurants. THE BEVERAGE NETWORK: General Assembly and Quality Italian draw in completely different demographics and are guided by separate cocktail menus. ... read more>

Bar Talk: Midwest Knows Best

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

In 2009, Nick Kosevich was tending bar at the Town Talk Diner in Minneapolis; Ira Koplowitz was in Chicago, behind the stick at the famed Violet Hour. A chance meeting brought the two together, leading to the formation of the cocktail consultancy Bittercube. Here, Minneapolis-based Kosevich (Koplowitz now calls Milwaukee home) talks about the duo’s ... read more>

Bar Talk: Food is His Co-Pilot

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Last year, acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr’s ever-expanding Philadelphia empire made way for Serpico, the South Street restaurant helmed by James Beard Award-winning—and David Chang of Momofuku fame’s former right hand man—chef Peter Serpico. The food is not the only incentive to settle into a booth, however. The cocktail list, overseen by general manager and beverage ... read more>

Bar Talk: Liquid Comfort Zone

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Amid New York’s flurry of ever-changing restaurants vying for attention, there are unassuming neighborhood standouts that remain as fresh and vibrant as when they first landed on the scene. Dark, sophisticated Sorella, located where Chinatown skims the Lower East Side, is one example. Emma Hearst and Sarah Krathen—authors of the recently released Sorella: Recipes, Cocktails ... read more>
 
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