Food For Thought — October 3, 2014 at 1:15 pm

What’s going on in New York City: Bars and Restaurants



If you live in New York then you know how hard it is to plan a night out with your pals. Being that New York City never sleeps and there are hundreds of restaurants, bars, events and plays; it’s hard to keep up and choose what to do on one of those girls/guys night out. Having trouble deciding? Then check out our top picks for what to do in the upcoming weeks.

Now Open

Aldo Sohm Wine Bar– This is a wine bar that offers a lunch and dinner menu of charcuterie selections, artisanal cheeses, salads and amazing sweets like Red Wine Dark Chocolate Ganache. If you are heading over with some friends make sure to splurge on The Tower: an assortment of all their charcuterie selection and condiments. Located on 151 West 51st Street, guests can enjoy a curated wine list and bask in the casual, yet upscale décor of the wine bar.

White Street– Housed in what once used to be an armory, this new TriBeCa restaurant is now open for dinner. Executive Chef/Partner Floyd Cardoz serves a modern American Menu that touches on old New York. With dishes like Heirloom Tomatoes, New Jersey Burrata, and the White Street Bouillabaisse, this is the perfect place to have dinner after work. White Street is located on 221 W. Broadway and reservations can be made by going to their website or by calling 212-944-8378.

Special Events

Ambrose Hall and Ambrose Beer Garden– If you are looking to celebrate Oktoberfest then you need to check out Ambrose Hall and Ambrose Beer Garden for the great deals they are offering. Ambrose Hall and Ambrose Beer Garden will be serving seasonal beers on tap for $7 each; German sausage choices for $9 and the iconic Ambrose Hall Giant Soft Pretzel for $9. The best part is that all through October the Stein Hoisting Competition will take place, where contestants must hold out their filled stein straight and parallel to the ground without bending their arm or spilling any beer. Ambrose Hall is located at 18 Fulton Street and Ambrose Beer Garden is located at 19 Fulton Street. For more information you can visit

Clinton Hall– Also around the Financial District, Clinton Hall is collaborating with Elysian Brewing Co. to host a Pumpkin Beer Fest on October 14th. Eleven pumpkin beers on draft from Elysian Brewing Co. will be available; Punkaccino, Night Owl, Dark of the Moon, Imperial Pumpkin, Hansel & Gretel, Sardonic Wit: Lost Abbey Collaboration (dark pumpkin wit), Gourd Father (pumpkin Barleywine), Orange is the New Black: Chocolate Orange Pumpkin Ale, P. Smoov: Nitro Pumpkin Cream Ale, Coche De Medianoche: Really Exotic Spiced Pumpkin Ale, and Gourdgia on My Mind: Peach Pecan Pumpkin Ale. Make sure to drop by and celebrate the fall season with this extensive variety of beers. Clinton Hall is located on 90 Washington Street. For more information you can check them out at

Pirate Bar Crawl– TableHoppingNY is hosting a Pirate Bar Crawl October 11th where people will have a chance to win prizes and find hidden coins while getting specials on drinks. The Pirate Bar Crawl will take place at the South Street Seaport from 1pm-6pm and will include bars around the area. Some of the participating bars are the Cowgirl Sea-Horse, the Iron Horse NYC, The Paris Care and many more! You can go to to register and find out more about the locations and prizes.

Virgil– If you’re looking for a place to celebrate football season then Virgil’s is the place for you! Every single day from 3pm-7pm and 9:30pm until closing, Virgil’s will be serving Goose Island IPA and season pints on draft for $5. Pair that with some Sweet and Sour Fried Pickles for $5.50 and some Popcorn Chicken with Habanero May for $8.50 and you are ready to celebrate in style. Virgil’s is located at 152 West 44th Street and you can visit their website to check out some of their deals.

Cocktails for Comfort– The second annual Cocktails for Comfort event will be taking place for 10 long days in the month of October, from October 10-19th. Non-profit Chemo Comfort is hosting the event, which allows participating bars and restaurants in the city to serve a specialty cocktail in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.. Proceeds from the cocktail sales will benefit Chemo Comfort’s wonderful programs. Make sure to check out their website for more details and participating venues.

Menu Changes

Calle Dão-This Cuban-Japanese fusion restaurant is starting a brunch service. Brunch will be served from 11a.m-4p.m. Some of the items offered on the brunch menu are the Calle Dão Eggs Benedict($15), the Barrio Chino Omelet ($14), and the Black Angus Burger ($15), as well as several other items from the restaurant’s lunch menu. Calle Dão is located at 38 W. 39th Street and you can make reservations by calling 212-221-9002.

Crown– Crown is making some new changes to their menu by adding a “Farm to Crown” menu every other week. Crown’s Chef John DeLucie will have four original dishes that are made with locally sourced and fresh ingredients. The dishes will then be paired with wines from local vineyards making this is a very health conscious and sustainable menu that benefits all. If you want to check out the Farm to Crown Menu, Crown is located at 24 East 81st Street between 5th and Madison. For reservations you can call 646-559-4880 or visit


La Campagnie des Vins Surnaturels– If you are a wine connoisseur and are looking for a place to indulge in outstanding wine, paired with dishes like Braised Octopus and Jamon de Bellota then make sure to drop by La Campagnie des Vins Surnaturels.  La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels is located at 249 Centre Street. You can visit or call 212-343-3660 for more information.

So now that we have narrowed it down to some of the best options it should be easier to plan out your nights out. Seeing as how there is something here for everyone, this is the perfect guide for the beginning of Fall Season.
Twisted Talk: Do any of these events appeal to you? If so, which one would you go to first? Discuss below!

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