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More Manhattan Cocktail Madness – May 19-21

Foodie alert!

Manhattan Cocktail Classic has announced three more exciting events for the next week:

Smokin’ Boozy Bacon-Loaded Brunch with Top Chef Dave Martin – 2 sessions:

Sunday, May 19, 11:00am-1:00pm (Session 1) and 2:00pm-4:00pm (Session 2)

Top Chef alum Dave Martin shows how eclectic brunch can be, pairing sweet and savory brunch specialties with his signature cocktails. Quirky concoctions spiked with The Perfect Puree and Double Cross Vodka accompany bite-sized versions of Martin’s classic brunch dishes. The treats at this event are meat-based for the most part, featuring Nueske’s smoked meats, so carnivores are in luck. But a few meatless options are available for all the vegetarians out there. Full menu:


Smokin’ Mary: Dave’s Homemade Spicy Mary Mix, The Perfect Purée Chipotle Sour, Double Cross Vodka and Nueske’s Pepper Bacon

Spring Thyme & Lime Cooler: Fresh Squeezed Limeade, The Perfect Purée Thyme & Citrus, and Crushed Ice

The Bruised Pineapple: The Perfect Purée Carmelized Pineapple, Double Cross Vodka and Orange Agave Nectar

Food pairings:

Monte Cristo’s Nueske’s Smoked Ham & Smoked Turkey, Gruyere inside Malted French Toast and Blackberry Sauce for dipping

Mini Veggie Frittatas: Artichoke Hearts, Roasted Tomatoes, Wild Mushrooms & Goat Cheese

Duck Quesadillas: Nueske’s Smoked Duck Breast, Apricot & Mango Chutney and Asiago Cheese

Hanger Steak Bites: Smokey Rubbed CAB Hanger Steak with Groovy Gorgonzola for dipping

Nueske’s Wild Cherrywood Bacon & Dried Cherry Shortbread Cookies: Bacon, Tart Cherries & buttery goodness

Chocolate Truffle Cakes: Mini versions of the classic with Dave’s Salted Caramel Sauce


Guggenheim Studio, 250 West 54th #405 between 8th Avenue and Broadway, Manhattan

Tickets: $65

“An Afternoon of Chocolate and Cocktails”:

Sunday, May 19, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Celebrate the best of both indulgences at a walk-around tasting sponsored by Valrhona Chocolates. Nibble on delectable desserts, courtesy of NYC’s premier chocolatiers and pastry chefs. Then head to the bar for a glimpse into how chocolate-friendly spirits are made, all while tasting your way through Valrhona’s signature line of chocolates. Once you narrow down your favorite dessert, the mixologists will make a custom drink for a decadent pairing.


Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street at East 4th Street,

Tickets: $45 (purchase directly on the Astor Center website:

Perfect Pairings:

Tuesday, May 21, 6:00pm-10:00pm

Want to indulge for a charitable cause? Enjoy an evening of cocktails and food pairings to boot at The Bowery Hotel, located in Manhattan’s trendy Lower East Side neighborhood. At the end of the evening, you’ll leave with a full stomach and the good feeling that comes from knowing that your money is going to a great cause. Tickets will be available soon, with proceeds benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Location: The Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery between Great Jones and Bond Streets,

Tickets: Check the Manhattan Cocktail Classics website for updates:

Get Ready for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic – May 17-21

manhattan cocktail classicThe Manhattan Cocktail Classic is back in its fifth year, uniting NYC’s boroughs in the name of great cocktails and culture from May 17-21. Last year’s Classic attracted more than 8,000 attendees, and this year’s nearly 100 events will once again bring delicious concoctions from around the world to the Big Apple.

Events during the five-day celebration are independently organized and held at unique venues, so you won’t have to travel far to imbibe. Take your pick of parties, tastings and tours at notable bars, restaurants, art galleries, museums, barber shops, theaters and libraries across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. This year’s 100+ events are selling out quickly, so check out these events and grab tickets before they’re gone. Tickets range from $25-$395; all event attendees must be 21 or older and prepared to present a valid photo ID.

The Gala: Friday, May 17 from 9:00pm-1:00am

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic kicks off opening night with this black-tie optional soiree, spanning four floors and over ten million cubic feet of space in The New York Public Library’s main branch. Last year, guests sipped more than 30,000 cocktails, courtesy of 150 of the world’s top mixologists. Get ready for more unlimited cocktails this year, and come hungry to enjoy delectable finger foods from meatball sliders to oysters and jumbo shrimp. Mingle with 3,000 fellow cocktail enthusiasts to the tunes of live jazz bands and DJs providing the evening’s entertainment. Buy tickets asap — the Gala will likely sell out soon.


The New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street,


Regular admission ($195) offers entry to the Gala at 10pm;

VIP Access ticket ($295) offers entry to the Gala at 9pm, plus a free ride to or from the NYPL for new users to Uber (up to $50 credit);

Uber VIP Package ($395) offers entry to the Gala at 9pm, plus a free ride to and from the NYPL courtesy of Uber (up to $100 credit), plus a three-day pass to the Industry Invitational, to be held at the Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel.

An Afternoon of Aperitivi: Saturday, May 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Relax for the afternoon as Joe Campanale, Executive Beverage Director at L’Apicio, and Adam Schuman, Spirits Portfolio Manager at Michael Skurnik Wines, introduce you to the world of aperitivi. You’ll learn the rich history of one of the original Italian vermouths, whose recipe dates back to the 1890s. As you learn about the evolving history of the Vermouth and its role in today’s cocktail culture, you’ll have the chance to taste the Vermouth on its own, followed by a few original cocktails paired with L’Apicio snacks.


L’Apicio, 13 East First Street (between Bowery and 2nd Avenue).



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