Every October, foodies from around the country flock to Manhattan for the New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF). Timbers Resorts is a proud sponsor of the 2013 festival and will be participating at the FOOD & WINE Best New Chefs 25th Anniversary Party presented by Delta on Friday, October 18.
Since the festival runs on individually ticketed events, few fest-goers have the same schedule. This makes the trip a perfect opportunity to check in on some buzzed-about hotspots around the city during one's downtime. Here are five excellent picks to supplement your NYCWFF weekend:
#1: Lunch at Momofuku Ssäm Bar:
David Chang's excellent spot is an easier win than you'd think for a walk-in lunch. Don't miss the legendary duck dishes - large parties can book in advance to reserve one of their own with chive pancakes and sides. We also recommend the oysters and the broccoli salad.
#2: Drinks at Death & Co.:
This East Village spot hides some of the city's finest cocktails behind nondescript doors. Go for "The Blessed William" if you're bold: it mixes 5-year rum with Laphroaig scotch and Luxardo Maraschino liqueur. More conventional drinkers can opt for the brilliantly titled "Guns & Rose," a mix of Lillet rose, Old Grand-Dad whiskey, sugar cane syrup, and bitter. Don't let the stylish doormen dissuade you from entry.
#3: Dinner at Charlie Bird:
Robert Bohr's SoHo spot is all the rage, what with the New York Times suggesting it's a great spot to be a regular, and Alan Richman lauding the seafood, pasta dishes, and well-chosen wine list. To avoid disappointment, book ahead on OpenTable or call them on 212-235-7133 to se if they can work you in.
#4: Brunch at ABC Cocina:
Sure, the furniture store location is unconventional, but did you notice that Jean-Georges Vongerichten is behind the project? The gluttonous can go for coconut pancakes with lavender maple syrup, while the less indulgent can order grilled maitake mushrooms with goat cheese or the raw shaved ﬂuke with green chili dressing and crunchy rice. Either way, you win.
#5: Wine & Snacks at Casa Mono:
This Gramercy stalwart may not be new, but it never disappoints. This station in the Batali/Bastianich empire boasts a lengthy Spanish wine list paired with Catalan specialties like Bacalao Croquetas and Pulpo with Fennel and Grapefruit. The space is decidedly small, but welcoming and unfailingly delicious.
To learn more about Timbers Resorts, please contact us at 800.941.4579 (toll free) or 970.963.4626 (direct) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.