New Years Eve Cocktails 2013 In Manhattan or Mixology at Home (Recipes)

New Years Eve Cocktails 2013 In Manhattan or Mixology at Home (Recipes)
New Years Eve Cocktails

Spend New Year’s Eve in Manhattan.  Regardless of where you are, there is a bar, restaurant, or both open and ready to help you bring in 2014.  Even if you are not in New York, don’t let that stop you from indulging in a few New Years Eve Cocktails created by NYC’s hottest restaurants.  In celebration of the New Year, a few of NYC’s favorite neighborhood hot spots are serving up sparkling cocktails sure to bring out the cheer in all of us. From Wall Street to Washington Heights, revelers are invited to ring in 2014 with sparking celebratory sips at Haru, Harding’s, Appetito Ristorante and Rusty Mackerel, or dabble in holiday mixology at home with the following DIY recipes…


Berries & Bubbles

Downtown/Wall Street- Haru’s  “Berries & Bubbles”  ($13)

1 Wall St

This sweet twist on classic Prosecco will invigorate the senses and keep you fresh th  roughout the evening.


  • 2 oz Svedka Raspberry
  • .5 oz strawberry schnapps (or strawberry liqueur)
  • 3 oz prosecco
  • Fresh strawberries



Flat Iron District- Harding’s “Arctic Kiss” from mixologist Derrick Turner ($14)

32 E 21st Street

Make you midnight kiss even sweeter with a unparalleled blend of sparkling wine, vodka, cherry liqueur and fresh fruit.


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 3/4 ounce cherry liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce sparkling wine
  • 3 cherries
  • 2 strawberries
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup


*Muddle the cherries and strawberries; add all remaining ingredients and shake with ice.  Double strain into a sugar rimmed coupe glass and top with sparking wine float.  Garnish with a strawberry.



Midtown-Appetito Ristorante’s “The Flower Poinsettia” ($13)

47 W 39th Street

Paint the town red with this colored cocktail that’s quick to mix and sure to satisfy.


  • 1/2 ounce triple sec orange liqueur
  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • Champagne


*Pour triple sec and cranberry juice into a chilled Champagne flute, stir well. Top with Champagne.


Uptown/Washington Heights- Rusty Mackerel’s “Pretty-Mac” from Beverage Director Marcella Anise Smith ($12)

209 Pinehurst Avenue (off 187th Street)

This craft concoction, named for Rusty Mackerel’s owner/chef James “Mac” Moran, will provides a healthy dose of cheer with hits of cherry, ginger, and rose.


  • 1oz rose geranium simple syrup
  • 2oz crabbies ginger beer
  • .25oz lemon juice
  • 1 spoonful brandied cherry juice
  • Fill with sparkling wine
  • Garnish with brandied cherry



Thanksgiving in NYC 2013: Open Restaurants

Thanksgiving in NYC 2013: Open Restaurants - I have no Thanksgiving plansNote:  I am part Native American, and this was a bad joke… nevertheless I laughed, lolll smh


Below is an ongoing list of NYC Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving 2013 in NYC.  Please, feel free to add any ones that I am missing in the comment section.



Thanksgiving in NYC 2013: Open Restaurants


21 Club Restaurant

Midtown West | American
Welcome your friends and family home to ’21′ for a warm and festive Thanksgiving celebration full of sumptuous cuisine and good cheer.
Event Date: Thursday, November 28, 2013
Price: $105 per person / $55 per child (10 and under)
(beverages, tax and gratuity additional)
Reservations: please call 212 582 7200.




Fine Northern Italian Cuisine

257 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212-713-0224

Nocello is offering a four course delicious Thanksgiving dinner. Open from 2PM to 9:30PM




Delmonico’s Kitchen in Midtown

Close proximity to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: ; Executive Chef Billy Oliva

207 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018; 212.695.5220

o   Organic Salt Water Brined Turkey; Sausage, Fennel Stuffing, Cranberry Compote, Yams, Turkey Jus

  • Wild Salmon Wellington; Baby Spinach, Exotic Mushrooms, Truffle Cabernet Reduction
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Soup; Aged Maple, Apple Chesnutt Dumplings
  • Delmonico’s Traditional Pumpkin Pie, Chantilly Cream

About Delmonico’s Kitchen: Open in 2012 in Midtown Manhattan, Delmonico’s Kitchen offers a contemporary twist on the original Delmonico’s iconic menu in a sophisticated-chic setting.



Harding’s in Flatiron

Thanksgiving Menu Map: ; Executive Chef Ariel Fox

32 E 21st St  New York, NY 10010; (212) 600-2105

  • $45 adults/$22 children
  • Thanksgiving Day Hours of Operation: 3:00PM to 8:00PM on November 28, 2013
  • Menu highlights include:

o   Roasted Turkey; sausage & fennel challah stuffing, cinnamon orange spiced cranberry sauce,  apple cider gravy

  • Butternut Squash Ravioli;  crispy sage, brown butter, shaved pecorino, white truffle oil
  • Leek Tart;  pancetta, cave aged gruyere, cracked black pepper

About Harding’s: Harding’s offers a selection of artisanal American cuisine and craft spirits in a chic and rustic setting.  With an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients, Executive Chef Ariel Fox’s inspired menu fuses diverse West Coast influences with punches of Americana.  Exposed brick walls, antique mirrors, vintage chandeliers, and an oversized, century-old American flag evoke an air of nostalgia in this two-level landmark building.


Cocktails and Subways: Bourbon Street Bar

Cocktails and Subways

So I am starting a new series called Cocktails and Subways on the site. When I think of Happy Hour in New York, I think of passing out in the train station, lolll.  *shrugs* Sometimes we let the Happy Hour specials get the best of us.  We leave the bar with good intentions on making it home; next thing you know the comforts of the ground in the subway station appear comfy enough for us to fall out, lolll.  Well on a positive note, I would much rather you all sleep it off in the station than to get behind the wheel.  So with that being said, I will feature my favorite watering holes from around the city.

This week in Cocktails and Subways: Bourbon Street Bar located on restaurant row in the NYC theater district.  I did a review here on the food, and now am featuring the drinks.

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Ok, as you all can see I tried several of the drinks… and some I tried two or three times over just to be sure I didn’t miss anything, lolll.  So you all already know that Bourbon Street Grill is my new favorite NYC bar and restaurant.  I absolutely love their $5 Happy Hour specials that are not only big in size, but strong in taste.  The food is also very tasty, but again lets just focus on our thirst.


Bourbon Street Swamp Juice- A sweet swampy mix of Malibu, Vodka, Melon Liqueur, and Pineapple Juice.

Gold Margarita- Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila and Triple Sec shaken together with lemon and lime juice and a touch of sugar syrup served on the rocks.

Bourbon Street’s Famous $5 Hurricane- Light and dark rum, orange juice and pineapple juice with a touch of Grenadine.


I remember trying the above quenching beverages and being in company with good friends.   I remember the conversation rolling down my cheeks, and glistening in the low lights of the dim bar.  Ambiance…. we laughed, and laughed, and dranked, and dranked, and LIVED!!!!  I don’t know the real reason for leaving the bar…. maybe physical limitations or the room started to spin.  Gosh, we had a wonderful time.  Life was so simple at Bourbon Street Bar and Grille.

In all honesty, I can’t pick a favorite.  Next time I venture back, I will try the Dark N’ Stormy.  I think that this restaurant is brilliant little jewel.  Please, experience it for yourself :)


Bourbon Street Bar

346 W 46th St  New York, NY 10036
(212) 245-2030

The New Yorker and her McDonald’s



Last week McDonald’s hosted 2 events last week: (1) A private event with a few handpicked Bloggers flown in from across the country, and (2) A launch event for the new Cherry Berry Blast and Blue Berry and Banana Oatmeal.  During the course of this two-day event, I listened to reps from the brand speak about their commitment to providing healthy selections for their customers.  In all honesty, the majority of Americans are not complaining about McDonald’s… but there are certain groups that blame McDonald’s for being a big factor in the obesity problem in America.  Now there are tons of fast food choices out on the market, but since this particular brand is #1, it has to take the fall… or as they say, “Heavy is the head, that wears the crown”.  

 So, I live in New York… the epicenter… the hub… the beginning…. possibly the Garden of Eden, loll?!  Like it all starts here.  As New Yorkers, we are always on the run.  New Yorkers know nothing of the word, “patience”.  So when it comes to our Monday through Friday regimen, we try to cut down on time as much as possible.  How about a fast lunch in order to make time for an hour dinner?!  Some of us miss meals all together in order to meet some other demand.  So what it all boils down to is McDonald’s is not the enemy, time is our enemy.  No one person or organization will ever take down this giant. The point when McDonald’s should be concerned is when people start focusing on quality time, and/or a slower pace of life.

I am writing this article to say that as someone who has attended McDonald’s events, and has heard what the brand has to say; this company is not trying to fight, or trying to ignore people’s concerns.  McDonald’s is attempting to try and meet the critics halfway by adding healthy options to their menu.  Are they going to stop selling their signature burgers?  NO!  Are they going to give us healthy alternatives? YES!

At this point for every negative on the McDonald’s menu, there is also a positive.  Egg McMuffin or Oatmeal?  Big Mac or Grilled Chicken Salad?  Apple Pie or Yogurt? McDonald’s is what you make of it.  People can’t blame the brand for their own personal over-indulgent ways.  Currently, my only complaint with the brand is how when I go into a location a lot of times they are out of salads. Like it happens often enough to the point where it’s annoying.  I am not sure if the workers are being lazy, and do not want to make me a salad… or if the salads are so popular they sell out.  Either way, I enjoy their salads and it is hard to track one down.  The thing about McDonald’s is… if I were annoyed enough, I could easily reach out to one of their readily available team members online and get an immediate response.

So below are my Top 10 Things to Order From McDonalds:

  1. Chicken McNuggets- I don’t care where the chicken comes from… #teammcnugget
  2. Cherry Berry Blast- I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS!!!!
  3. Filet o’ Fish- I am a fan… but I wish they would update this.
  4. Southwest Chicken Salad- *sighs* Whenever it is available…
  5. Country Chicken Sandwich- This is quite tasty
  6. French Fries- I limit my fry servings… but there are so damn good!
  7. Strawberry Lemonade- It’s rare that I order this, but I occasionally buy it
  8. Cheese Burger- It’s rare that I order this, but I occasionally buy it
  9. Carmel Frappaccino- It’s rare that I order this, but I occasionally buy it
  10. Sweet Tea- I no longer order this… it is too addictive, loll

 Again, in full disclosure, I have worked with McDonald’s on a few campaigns. I promise you that my opinions are my own.  For those of you who follow my tweets, I am blatantly honest when it comes to the McDonald’s brand.  Instead of shying away from me and working with a more dormant type Blogger; McDonald’s invites me out to present their side.  In addition, unlike other brands… they NEVER force me to write, tweet, or mention their brand.  The process is they extend an invite, I attend, I listen to what they have to say, then I leave.  The only follow-up that I receive is, “Thank you for attending, let us know if you have any questions”. 

*thinkin* Maybe I should reach out to McDonald’s and ask them to consider “Grilled Chicken Bites” as an alternative to the McNuggets that are fried. *shrugs* It’s worth a try, loll.

Fifth Annual Village Voice’s “Choice Eats”



The Fifth Annual Village Voice’s “Choice Eats” event is fast approaching. The massive event will be held on Tuesday, March 16 at the 69th on Lexington Avenue Armory from 6:30 – 9:30. As of today, Choice Eats will feature over 75 invited restaurants from around New York to offer guests samples of their menu gems — Despana, Four & Twenty Blackbirds, Jimmy’s No. 43, Nunu Chocolates, Peppa’s Jerk Chicken, Ample Hills Creamery, Culture: An American Yogurt Company, Del Posto, Dirt Candy, Ditch Plains, Doughnut Plant, Emvi Chocolate, Fatty ‘Cue, Goat Town, Gregory’s 26 Corner Taverna, Luke’s Lobster, Maima’s Liberian Bistro & Bar, Mama’s Food Shop, Max, Mexico Lindo, Mile End Sandwich, Mooncake Foods, Murray’s Cheese, Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches, No. 7, Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Northeast Kingdom, Northern Spy Food Co., O Lavrador, Ovelia Psistaria Bar, Patacon Pisao, Porchetta, Quinto Quarto, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Robicelli’s, SCRATCHbread, Sheep Station, Singh’s Roti Shop, Smorgas Chef, Sottocasa, Sparrow Tavern, Spicy Bampa, Tanoreen, Tenpenny, Testaccio, The Blue Stove –to name quite a few.


“Choice Eats” also offers libations to wash down the delectable bites provided by 2012 sponsors including: Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Whole Foods Market, Zagat, Slow Food NY, Zagat, Southern Wines and Spirits, Great Brewers, Abita Beer, Blue Point Brewing Company, Ommegang Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Sierra Nevada, Smuttynose Brewing Co., Six Point Brewery, Troegs, Asahi Beer, Gazela, Ramazzoti, Barenjager, Jagermeister, Michael Collins Irish Whiskey, Prairie Organic Vodka, Svedka, Columbia Crest, 14 Hands Vineyards, Red Diamond, Santa Christina, Ste Michelle Wine Estates, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Superior Design Associates, Kind Bars, Hot 97 FM, Matted, Brooklyn Museum, Kind Bars, WetPaint, smartwater® and Benchmarc Events.


VIP guests will be allowed in at 5:30 for tasting and special demonstrations including one by Ty-Lor Boring of Top Chef Texas. “Choice Eats” is a ticketed event. VIP tickets are already sold out and a limited number of General Admission tickets are still available.  All guest must 21 or older. Visit the Village Voice’s Choice Eats home page  for tickets and information.


This year the Village Voice will also hold it’s first annual “Choice Streets” Food Truck tasting event on Tuesday, April 24 from 7:00 to 10:00pm. Can’t track down your favorite meal-on-wheels? Choice Streets will feature over 25 food trucks on Pier 86, New York City landmark, The Intrepid in the backdrop. Choice Eats tickets go on sale on March 7th.





–Abigail Ekue

Moment in Food: Qi Thai Food

Yall know I was reading the reviews regarding this restaurant and they weren’t the best.  I thought the place was OK… the seats could have been a little more comfortable.  The food was slightly under seasoned, but that is nothing a bottle of Red Rooster in your purse can’t fix.  I really liked the decor.  I say go and check it out.  I would definitely go back.

31 W 14th St, New York NY10011
(Btwn 5th & 6th Ave)

(212) 929-9917

Restaurant Report Cards

Back in 1997, Los Angeles starting giving its restaurants report cards based on a points system.  Instead of sending it to the owner’s parents, the restaurant has to post the grades on their front window.  Fast forward to 2010, New York is going to adopt the same plan.  Starting in July, New York City restaurants will bare their souls in the form of grades A, B, C, or F.

A- The letter A means you scored 90-100 points on your inspection and can expect to see The Kitty Bradshaw as a customer.  It also means that in the event that there are no available seating, customers can eat of off your floor because you are that clean.

B- You have scored 80-90 points.  This means you have storage issues, and previously served food is being re-served to new customers.  Ummm, yea so The Kitty Bradshaw will not be dipping back to your spot unless I can watch my food be made.

C- So that means you scored 70-79 points.  This means you have a roach problem, employees don’t wash their hands, and the bugs sometimes assist the chef in the kitchen with chopping and grading.

F- Congratulations… you have scored 0-69 points and your business is now shut down.  Do not pass go, go straight to the unemployment line!

I think this is a great system.  The grading system makes me feel that much more secure knowing that the restaurants that I patronize and abiding to health department standards.  If a restaurant scores low, they lose business.  If a restaurant scores high, they gain business.  It’s as simple as that.  It’s now time for restaurants to put on their game face.

Kitty Bradshaw reviews restaurant: Mama Mexico


After my boyfriend and I left Amy Ruth’s, he made the suggestion we eat Mexican food.

We get off the train and are walking down this quiet street with similar buildings…. then all of a sudden from a distance I see this building that is an anomaly of sorts.  All I know is I see this building at the end of a long block was lite up, covered in Christmas lights!  So I asked my BF was that the Mexican restaurant and he asked how did I know?! I told him the Christmas light and Easter decorations gave it away! (note: I am exaggerating w/ the Easter decoration but it was indeed over the top)


SO we get to the restaurant and as soon as we stepped foot in we immediately stepped out of New York City and into a small Spanish town.  New York is so overwhelming it is rare to find a restaurant that makes you feel like you are in another place.  Mama Mexico was packed on Valentines night/ early Sunday morning!  It was lively and festive… it had Mariachis playing live music!  The drinks were ABUNDANT!  Think big like B-B-Ques… and they were colorful and strong!  It was so much going on I couldn’t focus on my BF… I kinda just had to relax, sit back, and observe!
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The Kitchenette Restaurant in Harlem


I went on a date with my side boyfriend to the Kitchenette “Comfort Food At It’s Best”.

Wowzers, this has to be one of the top 10 best breakfast spots in NYC.  I prefer to go to the one in Harlem… the one on Chambers in Tribeca makes me feel like I am on Skid Row.  It has nothing to do with the restaurant itself… it’s just I am not a big fan of Chambers as far as eating goes.


I love, love, love the Harlem restaurant!  It’s cozy and the waitresses are really nice.  I only order one thing when I go;  that’s the Lumber Jack breakfast with Blackberry Cherry Pancakes w/ Turkey sausage.  *faints*  I see other food pass by to other tables and it always looks delicious… but I am under the spell of the Pancakes!

Lumberjack Breakfast at the Kitchenette Uptown

Lumberjack Breakfast at the Kitchenette Uptown

Due to the fact that I practice moderation as far as calories go, I can only visit this restaurant once every month and a half to two months!  It’s that damn good… we never leave one crumb on our plates!

I highly recommend this place to everyone.! Yall know whats funny? I always say I’m going to try one of the restaurants on the same block… they look like they could be winners as well, but again I am under the spell of the pancakes at the Kitchenette!

Kitchenette Uptown

(212) 531-7600 1272 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027