The Joy of Sake, the world’s largest sake tasting outside Japan, returns June 15 with the biggest sake celebration in the city’s history. The 14th Joy of Sake New York will feature a record 478 competition-level sakes, a record 19 top restaurants serving sake-inspired appetizers, and a doubling of space to accommodate an expected sellout crowd at the Metropolitan Pavilion on June 15.
New this year is the U.S. Sake Section where brewers from Brooklyn Kura, Boston’s Dovetail Sake and Moto-I from Minneapolis will pour their chilled nama or unpasteurized sake. Nama sake’s rewards are its fresh, lively flavors, but these can be tricky to maintain at competition standards through the long journey from Japan. Read the rest of this entry
The 14th edition of Joy of Sake New York is just four weeks away and I caught up with Chris Pearce, founder of the largest sake tasting event outside of Japan, about what to expect next month. Tickets are still available and if you purchase by Friday, May 25 and use the promo code ENJOYNY, you’ll get $11 off the regular $110 ticket price. Get tickets here. Read the rest of this entry
Each year, the cocktail bar Mace, in Manhattan’s East Village, transforms into a winter wonderland known as Miracle on 9th St. In the past couple of years, the concept has expanded to other cities (and countries), including Miracle on 7th St. in Washington, D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood. The D.C. version takes over three bars, Southern Efficiency, Eat the Rich and Mockingbird Hill. Eat the Rich is particularly noteworthy, as its decor takes more than a few cues from a certain retro Netflix series that became a pop cultural phenomenon in the summer of 2016.
After a lengthy hiatus, The Drinkable Week has returned with a super-sized episode (well, it’s longer than 4 minutes, which is like 75 percent longer than usual). The tiki bar renaissance is one of my favorite things these days. To celebrate, I explore Polynesian-inspired potable paradises in three time zones. Special guests: Ben & Mary Kate Mack!