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You Can Tell a Bar Is Serious if It Has A Fancy Banana Cocktail on the Menu

You Can Tell a Bar Is Serious if It Has A Fancy Banana Cocktail on the Menu

Modern mixology is bananas. It’s now easier to get a fantastic cocktail in any corner of the country, a win for those of us who consider drinking a four-season, off-court sport. On the flip side, the movement elevates prices and the sort of panoramic pretension in which your Uncle Jimmy describes his Applebee’s Margarita as […]

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The Making of a Legend: Wine Prodigy Victoria James Wants to Bring Old-School Hospitality Back to Wine

The Making of a Legend: Wine Prodigy Victoria James Wants to Bring Old-School Hospitality Back to Wine

This article and the Making of a Legend series is brought to you by Légende, the taste of elegance. The word “wunderkind” gets thrown around a lot, but it actually applies in the case of sommelier Victoria James. Already well-versed in wine know-how by her late teens, James dropped out of college in favor of […]

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Dirt Candy’s Lauren Friel Shares Her Secrets to Pairing Wine With Vegetables

Dirt Candy’s Lauren Friel Shares Her Secrets to Pairing Wine With Vegetables

There’s a myth in the American wine world that needs to be put to bed. The idea is that pairing wine with vegetarian food is nearly impossible, especially when it comes to flavorful veggies like asparagus and artichokes. Not so, says Lauren Friel, wine director of Dirt Candy in New York City. In fact, pairing […]

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Joe Campanale Is Reinventing High-Low Dining All Over Again

Joe Campanale Is Reinventing High-Low Dining All Over Again

The hottest reservation in New York City right now isn’t some old-school grand dame or Michelin-starred Manhattan boite. It’s Fausto, a laid-back Italian restaurant on a wide, commercial avenue in Brooklyn, tucked between two quiet, residential neighborhoods. Fausto opened on December 9. It was a curious move for owner and beverage director Joe Campanale, the […]

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The 10 Best Wine Shops Nationwide (2017)

The 10 Best Wine Shops Nationwide (2017)

Sommeliers are often regarded as the gatekeepers of wine trends. This isn’t entirely true. Sure, somms influence how restaurants stock and sell wine, and how those eating there purchase and drink it. But dining out is, for most Americans, not an everyday occasion — and very few of us are at the same restaurants frequently […]

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Can Better Bars Save Hotels From Airbnb?

Can Better Bars Save Hotels From Airbnb?

“Airbnb is a mortal threat to the U.S. hotel industry.” This dramatic proclamation was delivered by legendary American entrepreneur, hotelier, and real estate developer Ian Schrager, the mind behind both Studio 54 and our current boutique hotel boom, in a piece for the WSJ online. Schrager, promoting his newly unveiled NYC property Public, counsels that […]

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