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While there is only one New York, this is already the second and final edition of Sneakerzimmer’s bar guide to share our personal insights into NYC’s best bars and bartenders. Watching the Covid-19 drama unfold, the last weeks were extremely painful. We can only hope for better times. Our minds and hearts belong to all the great people of NYC, the doctors and nurses, the hard-working employees in the hospitality industry, who might have lost their jobs, and especially to our friends Emily and Hamid. Let’s focus on the light at the end of the tunnel! In the meantime a drink and our guide might help to shorten the wait.

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Hey, you’re the comeback kid
See me look away
I’m the runaway
I’m the stay out late
I’m recovering

– Sharon Van Etten, Comeback Kid

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Crown Shy (Financial District)

 

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Yes this is a bar in a restaurant – or more precisely – a very good bar in a very good restaurant. Last year’s opening of Jeff Katz’s and chef James Kent’s fine dining temple Crown Shy on Pine Street certainly ranked among New York’s hottest new restaurants. We are totally in love with Crown Shy’s unique combination of exquisite food in a truly remarkable setting. But the elegant Art Décoarchitecture is not only home to a memorable dining experience (please see our latest NYC food guide for more details), the ambitious bar program curated by head bartender Harrison Ginsberg – formerly The Dead Rabbit – also puts Crown Shy among NYC’s top spots for cocktail lovers. Harrison pointed out that classic cocktails are usually quite strong in NYC. But as more and more people tend to low-ABV drinks (ABV stands for “alcoholic strength by volume”) they decided to reduce the alcoholic content of their own creations – also with regard to the flavorful food that should not be dominated by a excessively stiff beverage pairing. Their highball section called “Crowns” mixes different popular spirits like vodka, pisco or gin with fruity or other seasonal ingredients to create a crisp and refreshing long drink. All “Crowns” like the pictured “Vodka Crown” with tarragon and cucumber are served in a picturesque glassware matching the distinctive Art Déco style of the place. The other drinks from Crown Shy’s sophisticated bar menu are divided into a “Stirred & Bold” and a “Shaken & Fresh” section. The Tequila-based “Radicle” uses habanero chili to create a mild heat that goes astonishingly well with the flavors of raspberry and rhubarb. We also don’t want to forget the non-alcoholic choices. It doesn’t matter if you just come by  for a drink at the bar or for the full dinner experience (highly recommended) — in either case Crown Shy is more than a safe bet!

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Subject (Lower East Side)

 

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How do you find the best bars in a big city like New York? Ask the professionals! No we aren‘ttalking about ourselves, we just soak up all recommendations from bartenders and industry insiders who we meet during our trips and squeeze them into a handy guide. It’s easy to miss a nondescript spot like Subject even if you think that you know a lot about the Lower East Side. But with a little help from Sean Saunders of Devon (check out our first NYC bar guide) we were thankfully pointed in the right direction. Subject could be the prototype of a low-key neighborhood joint. It’s unpretentious, cozy, honest and always available. At least this place is open every day of the year until 4 AM. Even for New York this seems more than rare and it might explain why Subject is a favorite among bartenders. In the back a big screen shows cult movies mostly from the 90’s and 2000’s adding to the homely living room feeling. Here you simply grab a seat at the bar and start a chat with the bartender. Perhaps you will catch Brian Grummart on his shift. We can assure you that you will be in good hands (that’s quite an understatement). Brian may recommend you one of their house cocktails like the extremely delicious “Thyme lasts forever”. The combination of gin, thyme liqueur – hence the name – kiwi and fresh lemon makes for a surprisingly well-balanced drink. If somebody started a petition for more kiwi cocktails, count us in! At Subject there’s no false affectation, no showing off, no fake hospitality. While the crowd on a Friday or Saturday night can sometimes get a little too jolly, Subject still manages to keep its self-proclaimed “Welcome Home” vibes. Those are even more present on weekdays.

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The Long Island Bar (Cobble Hill)

 

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It’s not easy to blend the old with the new, the past with the present, but despite all the obstacles that could arise from such an endeavor, some places hit all the right notes. Let’s introduce The Long Island Bar on Cobble Hill’s Atlantic Avenue as a blueprint for this tricky concept. In business since 1951 and under a new ownership since 2013, this iconic place embodies New York’s cocktail culture without any gimmicks or a fake attitude. Toby Cecchini and his business partner Joel Tompkins had a clear vision when they took over the bar seven years ago: On the one hand honoring The Long Island Bar’s rich history and that of the surrounding neighborhood – Cobble Hill was once a popular destination for sailors with endless bars, brothels and diners – on the other hand nothing short of establishing the perfect neighborhood bar. From over perspective, Toby and Joel definitely achieved both goals with their concept of a revitalized classic bar program. The illuminated neon signs on the façade will guide you directly to a place where knowledgeable bartenders serve great, timeless drinks like an Old Fashioned, a Boulevardier or a Gimlet. As Toby told us, he will never remove eitherof those classics from the menu. In the end, all of them are irreplaceable parts of the bar’s DNA. You can almost feel the so-called “good old times” in every detail of the interior. From the walls and their real patina to the cozy booths, all the small pieces fit together creating a highly authentic journey through time and bar history. And even though this is a bar guide, we have to mention their famous burger. You get the deal right?

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Sweet Afton (Astoria)

 

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A New York bar guide wouldn‘t be complete without all the great neighborhood joints from all across this big and beautiful city. As already pointed out in our latest food guide, we highly encourage you to explore the places off the beaten track. Go to the different neighborhoods and ask the locals about their favorite places! We’re pretty sure that if you go to Astoria – which is easily accessible by the N- and W-trains – many will tell you to check out Sweet Afton on 34th Street. This place just celebrated its “10 sweet years” in business. Apparently these guys must do something damn right! Owned by the same people as The Bonnie bar (feel free to check our food guide) Sweet Afton fortunately sticks to the same friendly neighborhood vibes. It’s also a hybrid between a laid-back bar and a casual restaurant very similar to the above-mentioned The Bonnie. Besides cocktails you can also choose between many different craft beers from local breweries and a mouth-watering food menu including their famous “Sweet Afton Burger”. For their 10-year-anniversary the bar’s interior got a complete redesign by Wes Anderson’s set decorator Kris Moran. The results of his work are present all over the place (we won’t spoil the fun). Sweet Afton’s bar director Cory Miller runs an eclectic bar program with some seasonal inspiration and many dearly-beloved classics. During our visit we found drinks like a “Winter Sangria” or the Whiskey-based “Sweater Weather” on the menu. The pictured “She’s the One” made with hibiscus-infused vodka and pisco is a crowd-pleaser, Cory told us. Get one and you will know why! Sweet Afton is not only worth a trip to Astoria, it’s also worth making a return.

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Bar Pisellino (West Village)

 

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The place for “La dolce vita” in NYC is obviously not the tourist trap called Little Italy. Instead you can experience authentic Italian vibes in a relatively small area located between the West Village and Washington Square Park. While we already picked the one-of-a-kind Dante for our first NYC bar guide, there’s by now another charming café/aperitivo bar in that area. Just a stone’s throw away from Christopher Park with the famous Stonewall monument, Bar Pisellino awaits all aficionados of Italian deliciousness. The instant success of that quite recently opened corner spot comes as no surprise. The co-owners Rita Sodi and Jody Williams were already making big waves as two award-winning chefs with their restaurants “I Sodi”, “Buvette” and “Via Carota” (all located in the West Village). Bar Pisellino is their take on a classic Italian bar. Open from early mornings serving espresso and other coffee specialties to late evenings offering different wines, aperitivi and classic cocktails this place seems always busy but never in a rush. When the weather is good, people line up on the sidewalk with Bar Pisellino’s aperitivo drinks and small bites (don’t blame us for getting hooked on the panini and bombolini). But not only their food is a celebration of the real Italy, the same can be said about Bar Pisellino’s cocktails – most of them using vermouth or amari – overseen by Ex-Dante bartender Stacey Swenson. Hence there are not many bars in NYC where you will find a better Martini – smooth, rich, highly satisfying. But of course all drinks that the bar teamwill send over Pisellino’s beautiful curved marble counter match the highest standards in mixology. Even Italians will agree.

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Attaboy (Lower East Side)

 

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Some people need no introduction. Everyone who is familiar with NYC’s history of craft cocktails will stumble across the names of Michael McIlroy and Sam Ross sooner or later. These two guys are living legends, both having worked with Sasha Petraske at Milk & Honey back in the day. After this cathedral of modern drinking closed its doors, Michael and Sam took over the old Milk & Honey space on Eldridge Street. It was the hour of birth for their own “baby” Attaboy that promptly became their next success story. As a guest you immediately sense you are in for an extraordinary cocktail experience. First of all there, is no menu. Instead, Attaboy’s experienced bartenders will involve you in a little Q&A sessiontrying to figure out your personal taste when it comes to cocktails. As this might sound a little intimidating especially for cocktail newbies, let’s make clear that this in fact not the case. Everyone is welcome at Attaboy, just be prepared to wait in line for one of the few seats in this really tiny, intimate space that gets quite busy every night – 7 days a week. If you can manage it, come here early on a weekday or put your name on the waiting list. They operate on a first come, first served policy and therefore don’t take reservations. In our opinion Attaboy’s superb drinks and their unique approach to hospitality are worth almost every wait. We met Michael on a sunny afternoon at Attaboy. In daylight the bar looks completely different. When night falls, Attaboy’s speakeasy vibes take over the venue, transforming it into a truly magical, low-lit spot with reams of small candles and first-rate spirits. Make sure to also check out Michael’s and Sam’s new casual hangout Diamond Reef in Brooklyn. It might be as popular as Attaboy some day.

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Nitecap (Lower East Side)

 

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Only a few places sweep us off our feet. This marvelous kitschy bar tucked away in a basement on the Lower East Side that recently celebrated its 6th anniversary definitely falls in this category. Nitecap is at the same time a playful neighborhood joint and a “serious” bar with an ambitious cocktail program. Don’t let the colorful, highly imaginative menu fool you! Every edition comes up with new surprises and inventive drinks. Starting with aperitifs, continuing with more boozy drinks (hence the name “firewater”) and some so called “gulpable thirst quenchers” and a final selection of “nitecaps” their craft cocktails will probably please all kinds of barflies. But Nitecap’s owner Natasha David – formerly of Williamsburg’s well-known oyster bar “Maison Premiere” – understands that people are not only thirsty for a good drink. Therefore the crew at Nitecap places the same emphasis on the overall experience, which includes an “everyone is welcome” mindset and a quirky atmosphere. Obviously this intimate, LGBTQ-friendly bar doesn’t take itself too seriously – another great plus. With all the blinking lights and the intentionally trashy décor Nitecap has established its own style. Guests, who are called “nitecappers”, can experience chilled vibes during the week and a party attitude at the weekends. The cozy interior as well as the signature drinks by head bartender Ari Daskauskas share the same attention to detail. While there are unfortunately too many pretenders out there, it’s good to know the real ones.After six years in business Nitecap has earned its status as one of NYC’s best neighborhood bars. We always leave this bar with a smile and the craving to coming back.

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Black Emperor Bar (East Village)

 

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The ever-changing East Village is home to an endless number of bars, restaurants, clubs and cafés. It’s probably one of the toughest places to successfully run a bar in the long term. Having this in mindyou have to give kudos to award-winning bartender Ben Rojo, whose name was previously associated with the legendary East Village speakeasy Angel’s Share (go there, have a drink or two and send some greetings to barchef Takuma from us). Now Ben is managing partner of a relatively new Japanese-style place on 2nd Avenue. It’s called Black Emperor Bar. This cozy joint has an authentic dive feel to it, playing with East Asian influences and a charming neighborhood vibe. You can watch old Japanese black-and-white-movies while sipping a cold beer, a traditional sake or one of their house cocktails. The refreshing “Toki Highball” made with Japanese whiskey of the same name (it’s a mild blend of different Suntory whiskeys) is always a safe and highly satisfying choice. For a hot summer night we recommend the “Deer Hunter”, a frozen slushy-style drink with tequila. The unpretentious drinks are a reflection of the fun we had. It’s almost unthinkable not to enjoy your time here. Ben’s dive-like bar is also well-known for its diversified food pop-ups with some really great restaurants from all over the Village. Just recently they teamed up with the guys from celebrated wine bar Ruffian and Kindred, two critic’s darlings in that area. Serving mouth-watering bar food like burgers and chicken wings with an Asian twist their combo of drinks and food comes close to the perfect culinary match. We can only give you one advice: Hang out at the bar, soak up the atmosphere and experience East Village’s hospitality.

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Mister Paradise (East Village)

 

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From Black Emperor you can get to our next destination Mister Paradise within walking distance. And even though both bars are only separated by some blocks, each one represents a different world of mixology. Based on a highly playful take on a modern and accessible cocktail bar – you might consider it their common ground – they went in completely different directions. While Black Emperor is more of a dive spot with fun drinks and excellent food pop-ups, Mister Paradise feels more fancy and elaborated. We love ´em both! Mister Paradise adds an upscale vibe to East Village’s cocktail culture. At the same time those guys manage to incorporate the authenticity of the neighborhood into their truly unique concept. But wait! Who are “those guys”? It turns out that Mister Paradise is run by some very familiar names. Barchef and co-founder Will Wyatt once worked at world famous NoMad bar. His business partner Eric Kruvant is associated with another East Village spot called Drexler’s. At Mister Paradise they successfully combine an ámbitious bar program with a very casual attitude (patrons are welcomed by the slogan “probably the best cocktails”). Irony is part of that game. The place itself looks beautiful as every piece of the puzzle falls in place. From the Art Déco styled bar to the inviting big leather booths and the more than slightly odd images Will and Eric know how to create something new and modern. There is a very special private back room adorned in screaming red with a boxing kangaroo pic on the wall that teleports you into a different dimension. All the cocktails we had kept up with the sophisticated interior. The “Party Lobster” became their hot seller. Made with tequila, mezcal, Campari, watermelon, fermented habanero (!), lime and garlic it will definitely surprise you. As a cocktail lover make sure to add Mister Paradise to your friends list!

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The Raines Law Room (Chelsea)

 

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We are suckers for great speakeasies that handle things not only as cheap gimmicks. Either you approach such a concept with seriousness and an eye for every detail or you better stop thinking about running a speakeasy joint altogether. But don’t worry! We will guide you to the right places. This is definitely one of them. Upon entering The Raines Law Room flagship in Chelsea (there’s a second location at The William hotel) you will be teleported into another dimension. Leaving NYC’s bustle and hustle at the doorstep this place puts all emphasis on the perfect ambience for real cocktail connoisseurs. It’s the elegant, fancy version of the twilight zone. Established over 10 years ago it became a blueprint for successful speakeasies. Bar director Meaghan Dorman, who once studied at legendary Milk & Honey, joined forces with a team of experienced restaurateurs to create an almost timeless speakeasy. While this idea seemed quite new back in 2009, many copycats with a similar strategy have emerged over the years. The Raines Law Room’s recipe of success relies on the overall experience. It’s the combination of a deliberate venue with a lounge-like layout, a classy environment and an excellent cocktail menu with seasonal entries and time-honored classics. Technically, there is no bar to hang out. Instead you will be seated on plush leather sofas separated by airy curtains. The dimly lit space feels intimate and elegant. It looks completely unremarkable from the street level – hence true speakeasy style. The beautiful interior matches Meaghan’s cocktails that are partly inspired by the seasons, by classic drinks like the Manhattan (that section is called “New York State of Mind”) or are simply spirit-forward (“Stirred & Strong”). And don’t forget the “What we’re drinking” section with the staff favorites. As this place has become so popular, we highly recommend to show up early – especially on a busy Friday and Saturday night. Don’t be afraid to wait, The Raines Law Room is worth it.

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Amor y Amargo (East Village)

 

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More and more bars find their own small niche. But in order to thrive and prosper it takes some guts and courage at the beginning. Without any doubt Sother Teague – one of New York’s most charismatic figures within the bar industry, a bartender/author/podcaster/brand ambassador – is a man on a mission. He loves bitters and bitter-based drinks. Therefore he opened Amor y Amargo back in 2011 as a hideaway for all bitter connoisseurs. Located next to the utterly famous Death & Co. Sother’s tiny bar welcomes you with open arms. The limited space seats only about 10 to 12 guests with some additional standing room. Just recently, a spin-off opened in Williamsburg that follows in Amor y Amargo’s footsteps. While we still have to check out this new venue, we’re pretty sure that Sother will ensure the same high standards for his Williamsburg patrons. With all the different amaro brands from around the world impressively lined up on the shelves we recommend a tasting especially for those who might not be so familiar with the more complex flavors. Sother and his team love to share their passion and wisdom with every guest looking for  some education. There are no juices or other sweet fillers on the menu. Instead you are encouraged to start with the lighter, more easy-drinking cocktails and finish with the stronger ones like their very own “8 Amaro Sazerac”. The “Sharpie Moustache” is not only an Instagram darling (thanks to the presentation) but also a perfect example of Amor y Amargo’s straight-forward philosophy. Accurately described as a “bitters tasting room” Sother’s vision goes way beyond the traditional cocktail bar. He’s the best teacher we can think of!

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In case you’re still thirsty at this point, make sure to also check out part 1 with more of our favorite neighborhood bars and speakeasies. Meet the great men and women who define New York’s cocktail culture today.

 

Can you carry my drink, I have everything else
I can tie my tie all by myself
I’m getting tied, I’m forgetting why

– The National, Apartment Story

Welcome to Cologne! This is our hometown as you might know. Therefore we’re a little biased when someone asks us if the city is worth a trip. Although we have to admit that many parts of Cologne can be pretty ugly, there are some very special places. In this guide we like to shed a light on our favorite cocktail bars – some quite new, some old and well established. In any case we can’t praise enough the participating bars for their hospitality and almost endless hours of serious drinking. While there’s nothing wrong with a Kölsch or a glass of wine, we put this list together for all the barflys and boozehounds out there. Let’s have a drink or two or…

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Rosebud (Kwatier Latäng)

 

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If you want to learn more about Cologne’s steady rise within the German cocktail industry during the last two decades, you will probably stumble upon a place called Rosebud. Although the bar situated in the heart of the lively Kwartier Latäng has been around for quiet a long time, the new owners Alex „Finchi“ Schneeweiß and Philipp Hainke succesfully revitalised Rosebud’s legacy and transformed a little outdated spot into a cozy neigborhood bar. The well-thought-out facelift started with a new neon logo and a beautifully restored backyard for summer evenings and concluded with a completely new cocktail menu. Alex and Philipp are not only very knowledgeable entrepeneurs and barchefs, first and foremost they know the basic rules in hospitality. So even it’s your first visit, you will immediately be treated like a regular. They rely more on the idea of a community than on usual bar-guest-relationships. Hence „So jung kommen wir nicht mehr zusammen“ (please use Google Translator, we don’t wanna do the work for you) is their always visible tagline, referring to having a good time with friends and strangers. Surrounded by many happy hour drinking holes and traditional Kölsch pubs Rosebud’s cocktails clearly stand out from the at best mediocre drinks in that area. As Alex told us, they put a big emphasis on high-quality ingredients and timeless mixology. That’s why their different highballs are as satisfying as an Old Fashioned – probably the father of all classic bar drinks. If you are more the indecisive type, you just tell Philipp and his colleagues what kind of spirits you prefer. They will do the rest and surprise you with a well-balanced drink. And while you’re sipping your cocktail, you will slowly but surely get into a serious relationship with this bar that is so unpretentious and charming. In the end you don’t need to be like Charles Foster Kane, to create your own Rosebud memories.

Corona-Update: You can support the Rosebud x Thekenfreunde crew with a donation on their Startnext site. Every Euro makes a difference!Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne

 

Little Link (Belgisches Viertel)

 

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We tend to pigeonhole people when we meet someone for the first time. The same thing can be said about bars. „Oh this must be a dive bar!“, „This looks like a date spot“ and so on. But sometimes the first impression can be misleading. If you come to Little Link, you won’t probably realize their highly innovative approach to mixology. Instead these guys mask themselves as your friendly neighborhood joint. The bar itself feels homely and down-to-earth. Besides the counter there are some tables in the back, a small lounge with Little Link’s logo transformed into a table and a huge selection of high-quality spirits. When it comes to their drink menu, it’s time for the first of many surprises. The menu resembles a colourful children’s book with different chapters like „Botania“, „United Gindom“, „Volcanic Empire“ or „Toyland“ with the pictured „Cinema Cocktail“ that is made of popcorn (!) Bourbon. This drink comes with a side of popcorn (what else?), wrapped up in a paper bag like the one you get at a movie theater. The „Voodoo Mate“ from the tiki section is an extremely flavourful rum drink with a secret „voodoo essence“. Or what about a cocktail that uses rum and refreshing lime flavours with a subtle hint of bell pepper? Their „Krua Affair“ is an interesting Daiquiri modification. Most of their avantgarde-cocktails are brainchilds of Little Link’s owner Stephan Hinz and his barchef Lars Holzem. Link – a multiple-awarded bar expert and Germany’s „Bartender of the year“ in 2017/18 – is well-known for his adventurous use of culinary techniques and unusual ingredients like salmon or mushrooms. In the barlab downstairs he uses dehydrators, a rotary evaporator and sous-vide techniques just to name a few. Some things work pushing back the boundaries and creating exciting new flavours, while other ideas will be quickly dismissed. If you are more the old fashioned type, you don’t need to be scared right now. Lars and his team are happy to serve you all the great classics. At Little Link the variety of elaborate cocktail art is almost endless.

Corona-Update: Little Link is now offering different cocktails „to go“, directly sold from their bar window. For most parts of Cologne there is also a delivery option (check their website). And you can buy vouchers as a gift for your cocktail friends.Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne

 

Woods (Friesenviertel)

 

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Once upon a time there was a boy with a big dream. His name was Simon Bach and his dream was to run his own bar. But wait! As some dreams come true, so does Simon’s personal fairy tale. Just in the middle of Cologne’s notorious Friesenviertel he found the perfect place for his ambitious bar project. The Woods is obviously different. Not only in comparison with the surrounding area that usually attracts a loud party crowd but also in comparison with other high-class bars. This little hideaway exits for serious drinking in a familiar and cozy atmosphere. The name is self-explanatory. Intuitively the vibe of Simon’s bar resembles an outpost in the woods. Thanks to the eye-catching ceiling and back board made of high-quality oak timber the look of the bar is rather unique. Perhaps you might compare it to Barcelona’s Paradiso – a member of the sometimes questionable „World’s 50 Best Bars“ club. Both places share a passion for signature drinks and story telling. Simon, whose love for mixology was evoked while working in Cologne’s Ona Mor bar, created a bar menu recalling memories of a tradtional fairy tale book with a wooden cover, little illustrations and a short story for every drink. All those signature drinks made of carefully selected ingredients get the same attention. Simon’s approach to cocktails – his handwriting if you want to go on with the book references – becomes apparent with every single page. He likes to create well-balanced flavours and variations of beloved classics like an Old Fashioned. The latter is appropriately called „Es war einmal…“ („Once upon a time…“) and made of Bourbon. What’s rather uncommon is the addition of Tequila and the sweetening with Earl Grey. But Simon loves all of his „children“. Hence the sometimes neglected non-alcoholic cocktails are just as appealing. „Der Fuchs“ (the fox) combines Crodino – a non-alcoholic aperitif from Italy – with cranberries for a bitter-sweet aroma profile. At a time when everyone is talking about sustainability, it’s worthy of mention that you don’t find any plastic straws or other disposable products at Woods. Instead Simon’s small, homely bar promotes drinking with an attitude.

Corona-Update: Simon is doing YouTube videos and tutorials that dig deeper into their current bar menu. In a cooperation with dringeblieben Simon hosts live cocktail classes from his bar. For those of you, who want to recreate his drinks at home, you can buy a cocktail box with all the ingredients

 

Rubinrot (Ehrenfeld)

 

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Ehrenfeld is one of Cologne’s most multicultural quarters or „Veedels“ as we say here. People from all around the world are based in this neighborhood, many students, young families but also people, who lived their whole life in this part of the city. While gentrification is certain on the rise, Ehrenfeld has managed to keep its distinctive identity. Fortunately places like Rubinrot still exist, while others – we think of the legendary music club Underground – have sadly vanished during the last years.  Rubinrot is not a typical cocktail bar or perhaps it’s the Ehrenfeld version of a bar. Micha Esperester who re-opened the place back in 2005 with a friend and Tom Jakschas who was responsible for the beverage program until 2018, prefer the term „Veedelskneipe“. We are not sure how to translate this properly, because this is neither a pub as they make unique cocktails with high-quality spirits nor a dive bar (probably something in between). No matter how you called it, you will succumb to Rubinrot’s unpretentious vibes. A bowling alley in their basement still captures the magic of the old Ehrenfeld. Compared to all the fancy bars with their polished social media accounts, Tom created the perfect detox. He doesn’t care about eye-catching garnishes or other gimmicks. To him and Micha – a former employee of the above-mentioned Underground – Rubinrot is a bar for locals and for everyone, who wants to have a good time. If you love rock music or oldschool hip-hop, this bar could become your second home. Even though it’s totally fine to order some Kölsch and a shot, you will probably be surprised to spot some good agave spirits. When it comes to cocktails, their menu is not without ambition. The tempting „Prinz of Ehrenfeld“ is a Rubinrot staple. It’s sweet, fruity and tastes like liquid passion fruit ice cream. This drink among others will always be on the menu, Tom admits with a smile while making us a Bourbon-based Old Fashioned. Nothing beats a classic! What can be said about a fine whiskey drink, may also be the case with Rubinrot itself.Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne

 

Monkey Bar (Friesenviertel)

 

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Monkey see, monkey do. That old saying is printed on the colorful cocktail menu at Monkey Bar – the only rooftop bar in this guide. It shows the playful attitude of this fortunately very atypical hotel bar. Located on the 8th floor of the sleek and incredibly stylish 25hours Hotel „The Circle“ the bar offers first of all a truly breathtaking view above Cologne. Sip your cocktail while watching the sunset or just enjoy Cologne’s famous skyline with a refreshing highball next to you. During the wintertime it gets cozy inside thanks to a warming fireplace and a pleasing to the eye lounge design. But as we usually prefer the seats at the bar, we leave the lounge over for those who need more space. While there is also plenty of space at the bar, the beverage selection itself is comparatively small with a clear focus on premium spirits. We can spot a bottle of Monkey Shoulder whisky – no surprise given the name – Rutte Gin and a good selection of unsweetened Rum. For Cologne’s Monkey Bar (there’s also a Monkey Bar in Berlin’s 25hours Hotel) they took real classics like a Piña Colada (called „Kölle Kolada“) or a Negroni („Dä Aap-Nägroni“) made with Sünner Gin and adapted them to the neigborhood. If you get the reference to Cologne’s cult boxer Peter „Dä Aap“ Müller or to famous chimp Petermann from the Kölner Zoo, you can’t help but smile. Watch out for their mural next to the bar entrance! The Pink Pisco seems like the perfect start into the evening, light, a little sweet and very refreshing. Of course that can be said about some other cocktails like the pictured Basil Highball. You will also find drinks from other bars on the menu. Instead of a simple copy they are more of an homage. As a guest you don’t get that often anonymous „hotel bar feeling“ here. Even many locals love that bright, airy space. It’s probably Monkey Bar’s biggest achievement and a reason to return once in a while.Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne

 

Spirits (Kwatier Latäng)

 

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For those who want to dig a little deeper into Cologne’s modern bar culture that seriously started in the early 1990s – apart from that we were always a typical German city of pubs and breweries – this beautiful bar will cross your paths sooner or later. Established in 1999 and under the current ownership for more than a decade Cologne’s Spirits is a staple of craft cocktails. Beyond that it became something like a on-the-job training for many of today’s high-class mixologists – some of them like Indika Silva now running successfully their own bar. Therefore you can’t overestimate Spirits as a creative hub for Cologne’s thriving bar landscape. The heart and soul of this classic American bar are the three Domini(que)ks (Scheu, Mohr and owner Dominique Simon). As a team they are responsible for maintaining Spirits lead among German bars. Together they collected multiple awards and honorable mentions during the last years. After the first round of drinks you will definitely realize their craftsmanship and creativity. This doesn’t come as a surprise. Combining home-made batches and natural flavours with a selection of premium spirits is a winning formula when done right. There can’t be two opinions on that point. As the three Domini(que)ks share a tremendous experience behind the bar, this place is a safe refuge for all of Cologne’s cocktail connoisseurs including us. At no other bar we had more drinks over the years. And while it’s almost impossible to name only one favourite, some signature drinks like the incredible tempting „Sexy Elevator RMX“ (made with cream) are already worth a visit. Don’t panic if you can’t spot this womanzier on their current menu. It’s a Spirits classic that will always be available, just ask! The „Tricolore“ will surprise you with a very unique presentation and some complex Negroni-like flavours. While the focus is on the drinks, the Spirits crew will also embrace you with their hospitality. On friday and saturday nights various DJs spin oldschool hip-hop, electro and funk music. As the small bar gets quite packed on those nights we recommend to come around early and stay till late. The claim „good times only“ could be a Spirits original.

Corona-Update: Together with Suderman the Spirits crew will start a delivery service called „Soul 2 Soul“ for a selection of their signature cocktails. You can also grab up your favorite drink by yourself at the bar as a „to go“ option. Besides that they already hosted a first online tasting event with more to follow!

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Toddy Tapper (Agnesviertel)

 

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Cologne’s bar landscape is clearly on the rise. Many creative bar chefs and bartenders – old and new – have contributed to this pleasent development. Indika Silva is one of them. The experienced bartender, who has built a reputation way beyond Cologne, opened his first own bar Toddy Tapper back in 2016 after different positions in the hospitality industry. For many years he worked at above-mentioned Spirits bar. With Toddy Tapper he was finally able to translate his well-thought-out ideas about a friendly neighborhood bar into reality. The name itself is a nod to Indika’s Sri Lankan home, where a „tapper“ is someone, who climbs palm trees to gather palm nectar. Arrack – you might call this brandy the national spirit of Sri Lanka – is made of fermented palm nectar. The latter is usually called „toddy“ hence the name of the bar that quickly became a favourite not only among locals. Toddy Tapper’s success is the result of dedication, distinctive cocktails, a great team and even greater hospitality. Indika together with his team created a feel-good-spot in earthy tones, a hybrid between a classic bar and a cozy lounge, where every little piece fits into the bigger picture. The result is quintessentially Indika, we suppose. Exotic, warm-hearted, simply inviting. While some of todays’s „instagrammable“ bars lack personality and atmosphere, Toddy Tapper develops quite naturally an own persona. Of course the drinks play an important role. Instead of creating two or three signature cocktails Indika created a whole signature menu using exotic flavours and spices (turmeric, cumin, tamarind), spirits like arrack and a lot of soul. The pictured „Ceylon Mule“ made of arrack, palm sugar and some yuzu is Indika’s take on a refreshing highball. You can’t leave without having at least one. Every drink gets its own unique presentation. Their Old Fashioned variation „Périgord Paradox“ perfectly balances the strong notes of Single Malt whisky with the sweetness of caramelized walnuts. Don’t ask us about our favourite cocktail, because they are all damn good! If you are unable to decide by yourself, just leave the decision up to Indika and his colleagues. Perhaps they will surprise you with the absolutely delicious „Land of Gold“ (gin, yuzu, papaya, citrus, siam spices). At Toddy Tapper you can travel the whole world during one night.

Corona-Update: Every Thursday to Saturday Toddy Tapper is offering cocktails to-go. Besides drinks from their current menu there are also new creations to discover.Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne

 

Suderman (Agnesviertel)

 

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This bar in Cologne’s trendy Agnesviertel is a one-of-a-kind. It’s neither just another bar that manages to do tasteful craft cocktails nor a classic neighborhood joint. It’s both actually! Opened back in 2015 the very charming Suderman quickly established itself as a laid-back place for creative drinking, party vibes (DJ’s playing fine tunes on the weekends) and good conversations between neighbors, locals and people from out of town. They all drink what they like whether it’s a classic cocktail, one of Suderman’s signature drinks from a rotating menu or a simple beer with a shot. The latter is called “Herrengedeck” and available in various combos – the pictured Pilsener with an aquavit/herb liqueur among them. The location right next to the eponymous Sudermanplatz might be familiar to some. Back in the days it was home to Cologne’s cult spot Bar Orange. Fortunately the two Suderman owners Felix Engels and Dominique Simon, who already joined forces at Spirits for many years, aren’t lazy copycats. Instead they followed their own ideas and transformed the place into a chic Veedelsbar with an inviting lounge area. Needless to say that we always prefer a seat at the bar. The sleek and yet snuggish interior is a mix of concrete, wood, brass and leather. Felix and his highly skilled barteam work their mixology art in this remarkable stylish venue. We met bartender Katrin Löcher and her very own creation. The gin-based Flora Highball is a true crowd pleaser at Suderman and we can easily imagine why. It’s a light, refreshing and visually pleasing drink – perfect not only for hot summer nights. The drink menu is divided into different chapters starting with rather light aperitifo drinks, a rotating seasonal selection, some mocktails and finally playful Suderman creations called “Miljö” (it’s Cologne slang, we won’t reveal the meaning). From this section Katrin made us the rich and fruity “Schwester Agnes” with rum, berries, some fresh lime and a dazzling cola-woodruff foam. Garnished with a plum the puristic “Mehr soag I net” is a herbal, boozy and absolutely delicious sour. At Suderman there’s no judging. Whether you are in a mood for a cocktail, a beer, a wine or just a lemonade, every guest will be treated with the same attention and hospitality. What’s not to love about a bar with such an ethos?

Corona-Update: In a collaborative effort with their sister bar Spirits the Suderman crew will be offering a cocktail delivery service called „Soul 2 Soul“ in the very near future. If you live in the area, you can also pick up your favorite drink at the bar as a „cocktail to go“.Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne

 

The Grid (Friesenviertel)

 

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The recent transition of Cologne’s Friesenstraße – once a brute party hotspot, nowadays a much more civilized place with still vivid party vibes – can be traced back to many factors. One piece of the puzzle might be the appearance of new cocktail bars like Woods and The Grid. The latter is run by Marian Krause, a very prominent figure not only in Germany’s bar community. Awards like “Newcomer of the year” and “World Class Bartender of the Year” suddenly put him into an international spotlight. With The Grid he was able to implement his own vision of a classy, yet approachable cocktail establishment. Actually this kind of speakeasy is more than a bar. While the big counter made of amber is definitely an eye-catcher and the golden ceiling makes the spot look even more special, a heated patio with an exclusive cigar lounge and a small dance floor set the bar apart from most other places in this guide. The ambitious cocktail menu titled “Portraits” introduces personalities from different genres like Canadian-born musician Chilly Gonzalez, perfumer Uwe Manasse or photographer Torben Köster and correspondent drinks. If you like strong, rum-based cocktails, be a little adventurous and go for the “Aphrodisiac”. We won’t spoil all the fun, but here the veil herb is more than only decoration. Filled up with champagne the “Lens Flair” quickly became a real crowd-pleaser. Thanks to some refreshing citrus notes this is the perfect summer drink. Like egg white drinks? Like whisky? We recommend “No Reservations” that takes you off the beaten track with its whisky sour variation. As a host Marian takes good care of every guest not only by sharing his knowledge but also by telling some more than interesting stories. This might also be a reason why The Grid already left a lasting impression on many barflies from in and out of town.

Corona-Update: As The Grid also had to close its door due to the Covid-19 situation, Marian decided to offer some bottled cocktails like the „Korona Killa“ available through their online shop. For Cologne residents there is also an option for same day delivery to your front door.Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne Bar Guide Cologne

What’s the world’s food capital? The answer is quite obvious – at least to us. New York should claim this title as its cuisine is heavily influenced by all parts of the world. From street vendors and old diners to Jewish soul food and fine dining, the range is not only incredibly broad but also reflects New York’s highly diverse population. In a time when new walls are built and nationalism is on the rise, food can bring us all together. Come to New York and see for yourself! In this food guide we take you on a virtual tour to our favorite places. Let’s start the day with the most important meal!

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Breakfast & Brunch

 

La Bonbonniere (West Village)

 

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It’s somehow good to know that even the West Village with all its fancy brunch spots and fine dining names can still do things – and with things we mean breakfast – the old school way. If you’re looking for a traditional American breakfast without any pretentious gimmicks, La Bonbonniere is the place to go. Here, they serve classics like egg and cheese sammies, pancakes, French toast and heavily filled omelets. And don’t forget to order some bacon as a side! While hip brunch spots promote their bottomless mimosas, La Bonbonniere has bottomless coffee like all good diners. Make sure that you have some dollars on you as this is a cash only place.

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Sonnyboy (Lower East Side)

 

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Your friendly neighborhood place — that’s how we would sum up the experience at Lower East Side’s Sonnyboy. Although we only had breakfast and brunch here, this place is an all-day spot for unpretentious, highly seasonal food. The mornings at Sonnyboy are wonderfully relaxed – especially during the week. No hurry, no rude people, no noise. To us, here has been the perfect start into the day more than once. Foodwise there are also no bad choices. Their harissa folded eggs are a very tasty variation of a traditional omelet. House made granola, a crispy chicken sandwich and a winter breakfast with poached eggs, halloumi and mushrooms are some of Sonnyboy’s other breakfast choices. If you like the vibe and food here, you might also want to check out their sister-restaurant Banter near Washington Square Park.

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Shoo Shoo (Nolita)

 

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Shimon Maman is a well-known name when it comes to Mediterranean and Israeli cuisine. After leaving 12 Chairs Café back in 2018 – a place we loved for many years – he was looking for new opportunities. Shoo Shoo Nolita is his new “baby”. It has a very Mediterranean feel. Big windows, an airy dining room and lots of light contribute to that inviting atmosphere. Shoo Shoo aims to recreate Tel Aviv’s café culture with a New York touch. The dishes put a clear emphasis on organic and seasonal ingredients. Brunch is also served on Fridays – another plus. Plates like the “Shoo Shoo Breakfast” and the “Shookshooka” blend brunch favourites with Israeli staples like hummus, tahini and challah bread. Now we crave a trip to Israel even more.

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Sadelle’s (Soho)

 

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No matter if you want a satisfying breakfast or a savory brunch, Sadelle’s is the place to go. We are not sure if they make the “best bagels in NYC” but their baked goods came pretty close to bagel heaven. But Sadelle’s is more than just a bagel restaurant. They are famous for their “Sadelle’s Tower”. You can choose between a selection of fish (the house salmon being our first choice) and salads (egg salad, tuna salad, shrimp salad) or simply take both, if you are really hungry. Of course, all plates come with a fresh bagel of your choice: Plain, sesame, poppy, everything, pumpernickel, cinnamon raisin and so on. While the tower plates are the stars here, we would also like to mention Sadelle’s mouth-watering egg dishes. It’s a really tough choice and you will probably want to come back rather sooner than later.

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The Bonnie (Astoria)

 

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Get on the N- or W-train and leave Manhattan to have brunch at this cute spot in Queen’s Astoria neighborhood. That’s exactly what we did and we didn’t regret it (that’s of course a massive understatement)! The Bonnie is a classic neighborhood joint, an exceptionally cute bar-restaurant-hybrid that does food and drinks extremely well. While we yet have to return for dinner, our brunch experience was already quite remarkable. At The Bonnie, laid-back vibes and great hospitality come across a highly satisfying brunch menu. Whether you prefer the sweeter/lighter fares or the more heavy dishes like their famous brunch burger, chef Nick Testa’s food will make your day. The green eggs with ham and the breakfast panna cotta are only two of many standouts. As a mouth-watering starter or a slightly sweet finish The Bonnie’s “Lemon Poppy Dutch Baby” should be on everyone’s brunch list. It’s so good!

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Davelle (Lower East Side)

 

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It’s easy to overlook this tiny place on the Lower East Side. Davelle is a cute Japanese restaurant that is also open for lunch and dinner. In the morning they make very instagrammable toasts – both sweet and savory. While the “Berry & Cream Cheese” is the social media darling, we ordered their chocolate banana toast. More than yummy! If you want to have a breakfast or a small bite here, make sure that you aren’t in a hurry. Every dish and every toast is prepared with Japanese accuracy. In this fast moving and often crazy world, Davelle offers some very welcome contemplation.

Fairfax (West Village)

 

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There’s something very Californian about this all-day neighborhood café in the West Village (hence the name Fairfax and the pictures of the LA Lakers on the wall?). The space is bright and the cozy interior with the different sofas and tables reminded us more of a private living room than a traditional café. In either case we immediately felt welcome. There are a couple of solid breakfast/brunch options like yoghurt and granola, omelet, avocado toast and of course their signature Israeli breakfast with hummus, pita and soft-boiled eggs. We guess the latter is their bestseller. As they do not take reservations, they might be a wait especially on the weekend.

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Oxalis (Prospect Park)

 

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We hope you find your way out of Manhattan at least once or twice. When the weather is good, you should head over to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. It’s the better Central Park! While strolling around Brooklyn Botanic Garden or Prospect Park Zoo you might get hungry. On weekends, brunch is the national sport of many New Yorkers. A great brunch option in this part of Brooklyn is Oxalis. By definition a neighborhood bistro, chef Nico Russell already earned a Michelin star in Oxalis’s first year. It’s a beautiful place with a light-flooded bar space and intimate seating. Their 30-Dollar-brunch-menu offers great value for money and some very visually pleasing and flavorful dishes. The same can probably be said about the “Carte blanche” dinner menu (70 Dollars per person). We definitely have to come back for that experience!

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Sunday in Brooklyn (Williamsburg)

 

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Despite its name we would recommend this Williamsburg all-day café/restaurant not for a Sunday brunch unless you are willing to wait an hour or more for a table. During the week it’s stress-free to brunch here. Yes, they offer brunch also from Monday to Friday starting at 10 AM! Sunday in Brooklyn are famous for their pancakes with hazelnut maple praline and brown butter. So if you have a sweet tooth, you don’t have to think twice about your order. Otherwise you might opt for the spicy “Eggs in Purgatory”, the biscuits & gravy or the classic cheddar scramble with some bacon. When the weather is good, grab a table outside for some people watching. As you are in Williamsburg, there’s probably no better entertainment.

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Eisenberg’s (Flatiron District)

 

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When you have been in business for over 90 years, you probably know a thing or two. Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop located right next to the famous Flatiron building is another NYC landmark – for many good reasons. Since 1929 they serve high-cholesterol Jewish deli-style food without any pretense. They managed to preserve the old-school charm of a classic American diner/deli. The portions are generous and more than delicious. If you are looking for a gluten-free option or a low-carb breakfast, look elsewhere. Eisenberg’s sticks to its promise of “feeding New York” on “high cholesterol”. Breakfast is served all day as it should be. Classic Jewish-diner fare include their famous Reuben sandwich, the chopped liver or the challah French toast. All of Eisenberg’s food will warm your belly and your soul. This is a cash only place.

Michaeli Bakery (Lower East Side)

 

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We are in love with Israeli/Jewish pastries like babkas, rugalachs or challah bread. For all this sweet treats Michaeli Bakery is our new favorite place on Lower East Side. Freshly baked every day by chef Adir Michaeli and his team the sweet and savory pastries of this cute bakery near Manhattan Bridge make people happy. It’s as simple as that! They also make some vegan pastries that taste as good as the rest of Michaeli Bakery’s baked goods. In either case – vegan or not – grab your breakfast and coffee. After that you are ready to explore this beautiful city. And instead of buying some silly, overpriced souvenirs get their cookies for your loved ones at home!

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Lunch & Dinner

 

Dante (West Village)

 

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We are wondering what’s not to love about Dante. Dante would also be a good entry to the “All Day” section as the café/bar/restaurant near Washington Square Park provides great Italian food and drinks from all-mornings to late in the evening. The bar with their first-class selection of aperitivo drinks earned the top spot on last years “World’s 50 Best Bars” list. Therefore, you can also find Dante in our first NYC Bar Guide. But also when it comes to food this place won’t disappoint even your most skeptical Italian friends. The salumi misti platter is excellent and worth every dollar. At Dante all pasta is hand- and house-made. For your little slice of Italy in New York go to Dante and avoid the tourist traps of fake “Little Italy”.

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Crown Shy (Financial District)

 

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Honestly the Financial District is not among our favorite areas. During the day, brokers, bank employees and tourists populate the streets and at night the scenery becomes nearly deserted – anonymous and cold. But lately there’s a damn good reason to reconsider. The reason is called Crown Shy. Situated in an impressive Art déco building on Pine Street the elegant, yet cosy restaurant is the first solo project of famous NYC chef James Kent (ex-NoMad) and restaurateur Jeff Katz. The stunning design of the place with its high ceilings, big windows and marmoreal floors becomes the stage for an elaborate fine dining experience without any pretentious affectation. You can spot a picture of Biggie right next to the open kitchen and all of the staff – including chef James – wearing pretty good kicks. The menu draws inspiration from New York’s diversity, European techniques and childhood memories. Every plate was an explosion of different flavors and textures with the roasted short rib as the standout dish. Make sure that you leave some room for dessert as the creations by pastry chef Renata Ameni live up to the hype. We will take a closer look at Crown Shy’s high-class cocktail menu in our next bar guide.

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Llama Inn (Williamsburg)

 

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Llamas are somehow strange animals. Initially they look cute but they can also become a little dangerous if they try to defend themselves. You can google it if you want! When a restaurant calls itself Llama Inn, it piques our curiosity. This place in North Williamsburg is well worth a visit and – unlike the llama – not dangerous at all. Instead, you will have a good time, lots of great food and in the end probably a new culinary favorite. Just try to be a little adventurous and don’t get scared by beef hearts with broccoli and burrata or clams with turmeric and carrots. All plates of the Peruvian-inspired menu are meant to be shared. Start with some skewers and a ceviche. After that you will forget all reservation and crave more food. Llama Inn’s cross-over cuisine is full of flavors and highly addictive. We usually opt for a seat at the kitchen counter from where you get interesting insights into the work routine of the kitchen staff. There is also a Llama San restaurant in the West Village with a little different agenda. It offers fine dining and a very unique Omakase experience (145 Dollars).

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Contra (Lower East Side)

 

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When someone asks us for a fine dining restaurant in NYC, we don’t hesitate to recommend Contra. This place on Orchard Street never disappoints. It offers a 89 Dollar tasting menu in a very laid-back, almost casual setting. Forget all the pretentious bullshit of other fine dining restaurants. Contra gets it all right – the food, the atmosphere, the impeccable service. And we have to mention their playlist with our favorite bands The National and Foals on heavy rotation. What else can you ask for? Also, the dishes not only look great, they taste even better. Something like “fresh tofu” that initially might sound trivial, becomes a highlight at Contra. The same thing could be said about their desserts that easily exceed our already high expectations. There is also a vegetarian option and a three course menu at the bar available on a first come, first serve basis. Mexican-born chef Fabián von Hauske Valtierra and his co-partner Jeremiah Stone are not only behind Contra’s Michelin star rated cuisine, the duo also operates the casual wine bar Wildair (next door to Contra) and the recently opened People’s Wine shop & bar on Delancey Street. Despite their youth they already have a big impact on how New York nowadays defines fine dining.

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Clover Club (Cobble Hill)

 

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This is a food guide. Nevertheless, we mention this great Brooklyn bar that is also an excellent dinner spot. Its cocktail menu made Clover Club famous. But with all the praise for their drinks and spirits selection, sometimes their food is forgotten. We want to put Clover Club’s food in the spotlight. Order their prime beef burger medium rare. It’s all we ever wanted from a burger and more. The patty is juicy, tasty and together with their house-made avocado ranch it’s simply a winning combo. Enjoy the neighborhood vibes at Clover Club and of course get some cocktails!

Hart’s (Bedford-Stuyvesant)

 

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In the heart of Brooklyn, you will find a small, intimate and very cute neighborhood restaurant called Hart’s. And when we say small, we mean really small. There are only a couple of tables and some seats at the bar. Reservations are therefore highly encouraged. This is a perfect date spot off the beaten path (but the subway from Manhattan is literally just two steps away). Whether you come around for a romantic dinner or primarily for the food, in either case Hart’s will take good care of you. The plates are all perfectly prepared, made from fresh ingredients and very tasty. Overall, Hart’s offers really good value for money. For a welcome twist on the sometimes dull “burger game”, order their grass-fed lamb burger with some marinated anchovies. Wine lovers will also be quite happy.

Cosme (Flatiron District)

 

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Things can get tricky at Cosme and with things we mean reservations. Tables go faster than some hypebeast kicks. If you overcome that obstacle, you can finally enjoy a truly remarkable dinner experience. Cosme marks the first US outpost of Mexican chef Enrique Olvera. His much acclaimed fine-dining restaurant Pujol in Mexico City can be found in almost all of the world’s best restaurant rankings. With Cosme, Olvera and his business partner Daniela Soto-Innes bring the idea of modern Mexican-inspired cuisine to the Flatiron District. You better unlearn everything you might know about Mexican food. Cosme is for sure on another level! Even if some dishes sound familiar like the “fluke tostada” or the “tataki al pastor”, the simple descriptions of Cosme’s highly ambitious menu don’t do justice to the explosion of flavors that will knock your socks off. The crispy and juicy duck carnitas are probably their standout dish. Be prepared to spend a big amount of money, but the overall experience is worth its heavy price. Their bar program is excellent as well.

 

All Day

 

Post (East Village)

 

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A little tucked away in the East Village this all-day spot on Avenue B could easily become your best companion. In the morning they serve breakfast (brunch on the weekends), later lunch and of course dinner at night – 7 days a week. It’s a very small place with only a couple of counter seats, some tables and many lovely details. Did you notice the phone? It reminds us of LA’s Freedman’s. At Post you must order the biscuits. You can eat them plain with some butter and jelly, with different meat and vegetarian options or with gravy. They also have a vegan option – this is the East Village after all.

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Russ & Daughters Café (Lower East Side)

 

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To a New Yorker Russ & Daughters needs no introduction. It’s more than a staple, it’s a true institution of Jewish deli traditions. While the shop located on East Houston Street has been there for more than a century (!), the intimate, likeable calm and incredibly homely café on Orchard Street offers excellent Jewish food from early mornings until late in the evening. You can’t have a meal here without a bagel and some of their house-smoked fish. The little pickled herring bites on pumpernickel or their chopped salad with whitefish are as satisfying as most of their breakfast dishes. Their Egg Benedicts come on house-baked challah bread. To die for! While other restaurants come and go, Russ & Daughters are here to stay. And that’s a damn good thing!

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Veselka (East Village)

 

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The things said about Russ & Daughters can equally be said about this East Village gem. Veselka is another staple and a constant companion during all of our New York trips. Established in1954 this cozy place offers Ukrainian soul food and East European specialties like pierogis, borscht, bigos (a delicious stew), kielbasa sausages or goulash. Despite the filling portions make sure to leave some room for their award-winning blintzes – a Ukrainian-style crepe filled with farmer’s cheese. Did we mention the pies? Veselka is open 24 hours on 365 days a year. You can have breakfast, lunch, dinner or a late-late-late-night meal here. Every meal is more than satisfying and every visit a treat for your soul.

Café Habana (Nolita)

 

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Get your daily dose of Caribbean sunshine at this Cuban diner in the heart of Nolita. We can’t tell you how many times we had breakfast, lunch or just a quick bite here. The original Café Habana on Prince Street is now in business for over 20 years and – you might add – for many good reasons. The Cuban-inspired food like the classic huevos rancheros or their famous Cuban sandwich with marinated roast pork will warm up your belly. The menu offers not only good value but also many mouth-watering choices for every time of the day from quesadillas to salads and taco dishes.

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Spiegel (East Village)

 

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Sometimes all you need is a place you want to be with your friends. By chance this is the tag line of a small all-day place in the East Village called Spiegel. It became our favorite breakfast spot during our last trip to NYC. You may ask why? First and foremost, there’s the food. The Israeli style breakfast options like the spicy Shakshuka with some Merguez or the hummus with fresh-baked pita are the perfect soul food (or a pretty good hangover cure in case you need it). They only use organic eggs and fresh ingredients. For dinner you can have a great burger, the schnitzel plate or a delicious knockwurst sandwich with sauerkraut. We also love the casual vibe of Spiegel, their honest approach to hospitality and the bright, light-filled space. Forget all the trendy, instagrammable wannabes. This is the real New York!

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Bar Pisellino (West Village)

 

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Rita Sodi and Judy Williams are two of New York’s most successful and respected figures in hospitality. With three restaurants (Via Carota, I Sodi, Buvette) in the heart of the West Village and this wonderful Italian aperitivo bar they left a big footprint on the city’s culinary map. Although Bar Pisellino opened its doors in 2019 for the first time, it looks indeed like an old and very classy piece of Italy. The elegant marble counter together with the wooden interior and the small floor tiles blend into a Mediterranean beauty. From early mornings to late nights people gather inside or on the sidewalk with an espresso, an amari cocktail or some small bites like a panini or spuntini. The cocktails – overseen by Dante’s former head bartender Stacey Swenson – are authentic and way better than in most bars in Italy. When the weather is good, the seats outside are perfect for people watching. We suggest making your round and head over to Via Carota for dinner and more great Italian food. While you probably have to wait for a table (they don’t take reservations so come early), you can enjoy Bar Pisellinos distinctive ambience and aperitivo art.

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Yonah Shimmel’s Knish (Lower East Side)

 

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A food list of NYC without Yonah Shimmel? Impossible! This place on Houston Street is genuine New York, doing business since 1910 (!). Needless to say, it plays an important part in the city’s food culture. The Jewish restaurant – or should we say bakery, not really sure – does knish. This is a very traditional Jewish snack made of mashed potatoes or cheese. Different fillings like spinach, kasha (buckwheat) and mushrooms can be added. The cheese knish with chocolate, apples or cherries are a very yummy sweet snack. You probably didn’t know that “a knish a day keeps the doctor away”. No fake news here!

 

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New York has seen a steady rise of great independent cafés and coffee roasting facilities during the last 5 to 10 years. With regard to quality and sustainability many of these small businesses helped to improve the overall coffee experience and café culture in the city. There is really no need to get your daily caffeine fix at one of the big, interchangeable café chains. We encourage you to look out for the local coffee guys. Here are some of our favorite spots with a clear bias towards Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn/Williamsburg:

Saltwater Coffee (East Village)

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Happy Bones (Nolita)

Urban Backyard (Nolita)

Caffè Vita (Lower East Side)

Ludlow Coffee Supply (Lower East Side)

Kodawari Coffee (Lower East Side)

Sey Coffee (Bushwick)

Stumptown Coffee Roasters (West Village)

Café Grumpy (Williamsburg, Chelsea, Lower East Side)

Everyman Espresso (East Village)

Devocion (Williamsburg, Flat Iron)

Café Beit (Williamsburg)

Birch Coffee (West Village)

Sweatshop (Williamsburg)

If you’re looking for bar recommendations, check our NYC Bar Guide Part 1. A sequel with more great bars is coming soon!

2019 war kein einfaches Jahr. Zumindest wenn man wie ich eigentlich ein Yeezy-Fan ist. Es kamen einfach viel zu viele und viel zu ähnliche Yeezys auf den Markt. Dieser wurde ja praktisch überflutet, womit Kanye sein altes Versprechen („Yeezys for everyone!“) endgültig einlöste – sicherlich nicht zur Freude aller. Man kann durchaus hinterfragen, wie sinnvoll ein weiterer Restock eines alten Yeezy-Releases ist. Vor allem der Yeezy Boost 350 ist längst ein absolutes Massen- und Mainstream-Modell. Dafür muss man noch nicht einmal die unzähligen Fakes hinzurechnen. Ich bleibe dennoch ein Liebhaber gerade der frühen Releases wie der ersten 350er-Generation oder des Yeezy 700 „Wave Runner“. Sogar den oft verspotteten Yeezy 500 mag ich sehr gerne (nur nicht so sehr an mir).

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Meine Yeezy-Sammlung wäre auch nicht größer geworden, gäbe es da nicht den 700 v3 „Azael“. Der inzwischen legendäre Clip von Kanye und DJ Khaled vor ihren Privatjets konnte mich noch nicht so ganz überzeugen. Das war für mich eher Entertainment. Als dann aber bessere Bilder auftauchten, war meine Neugier mehr und mehr geweckt. Und was soll ich sagen? Auch nach über einem Monat ist meine Begeisterung für den „Azael“ noch immer so groß wie am ersten Tag. Ich bin mir sogar fast sicher, dass dieser Yeezy im Gegensatz zu der ganzen Masse ziemlich austauschbarer YZY-Drops auch in einem, zwei oder drei Jahren nicht vergessen sein wird. Dafür spricht sein mutiges Design, das sich von seinen Vorgängern doch in vielen Punkten sehr deutlich unterscheidet.

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Der Cage des „Azael“, der mich entfernt an ein Exoskelett erinnert, ist natürlich ein besonderer Hingucker. Er ist einerseits dominant und mächtig, zum anderen wirkt er dank seiner Aussparungen auch sehr dynamisch und leicht. Überhaupt fügen sich die einzelnen Teile hier wie in einem Puzzle perfekt zusammen. Die Kombination aus Cage, gemustertem Textil-Upper, Neopren-Bootie und der nicht weniger auffälligen Außensohle harmoniert ausgesprochen gut miteinander. Das Design des neuen 700 v3 scheint eine organische Logik zu besitzen. Ich wüsste jedenfalls nicht, was man an ihm verändern sollte oder müsste. Auch im Vergleich zum ebenfalls neuen Yeezy 380 würde ihm jederzeit den Vorzug geben.

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Da viele wissen möchten, wie der 700 v3 ausfällt, will ich noch erwähnen, dass ich hier die gleiche Größe wie in meinen anderen Yeezys trage. Natürlich kann ich keine Garantie abgeben, dass es bei Euch ähnlich sein muss. Es soll mehr eine Orientierung sein, falls Ihr nicht die Gelegenheit habt, den 700 v3 vorher einmal anzuprobieren. Mit dem „Triple Black“ steht ja auch schon der nächste und vermutlich nicht letzte v3-Release in den Startlöchern. Meine Hoffnung wäre, dass der Look des v3 vielleicht doch etwas zu unangepasst und ungewöhnlich ist, um ihn wie den 350er „auszuschlachten“. Dass er sogar in New York bislang nicht an jeder Ecke zu sehen war, macht mir etwas Mut. Only Ye knows!

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Wenn wir gelegentlich in Berlin sind, dann gibt es dort für uns nur ganz wenige Dinge, die praktisch immer auf unserem Programm stehen. Neben einem Drink in einer großartigen Bar wie dem Truffle Pig oder der Goldfisch Bar, einem Lunch bei Yafo und einem Treffen mit unseren Berliner Freunden ist vor allem ein Besuch in der Hauptstadt-Filiale von Sneakersnstuff (SNS) immer eine absolute Freude. Das liegt weniger an den dort erhältlichen Sneakers – die meisten gibt es schließlich auch in anderen Sneaker-Stores – sondern an dem großartigen Team um Store Manager Raphael.

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Dabei zeigen Rapha und die SNS-Crew, dass man mit dem richtigen Kundenumgang und einer entspannten, aufgeschlossenen Art im schon oftmals tot gesagten Retail-Geschäft tatsächlich etwas bewegen kann. Auch wir beklagen uns gelegentlich, dass das Einkaufserlebnis offline weit hinter dem äußerst bequemen, 24/7 verfügbaren Online-Shopping zurückbleibt. Das liegt aber auch daran, dass wir Einkaufen grundsätzlich hassen (auch wenn uns das niemand glaubt). Entweder findet sich nicht das, was man gerade sucht, oder es nerven andere Kunden, die glauben, sie wären alleine auf der Welt. Bei SNS, die für ihren Online-Store und die meisten Raffles eine ziemlich praktische App anbieten, deckt sich dagegen das virtuelle mit dem realen Image.

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Hierzu gehört auch, dass alle SNS-Stores eine eigene „Persönlichkeit“ besitzen. Denn obwohl die beiden SNS-Gründer Erik Fargerlind und Peter Jansson inzwischen über ein halbes Dutzend Stores betreiben – gerade hat ihr Tokio-Store eröffnet –  fühlt man sich dort nie wie bei einem anonymen Filialisten. Jeder Shop bietet andere Interior-Highlights und Details, die wie die eingebaute Fitness-Ecke am Venice Beach oder die gemütlichen Sofas in Stockholm das jeweilige Viertel im Store-Design abbilden. Auch im Berliner Store in Sichtweite der Torstraße gibt es einige dieser wunderbaren Hauptstadt-Referenzen zu entdecken. Und wer beim Bezahlen an der Kasse einmal nach oben schaut, entdeckt dort Erik und Peter, die auch hier alles im Blick haben. Big (Swedish) Brother is watching you!

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Auch die klare Aufteilung nach Styles und Brands gefällt uns hier. Wo andere, ebenfalls sehr namhafte Stores alles wild durcheinander anbieten oder den Charme eines Outlets ausstrahlen, die längst alles in ihr Online-Geschäft investieren, verfolgt man bei SNS ein durchdachtes Instore-Konzept. Hinten im Store befindet sich die Abteilung für die Ladies, die erfreulicherweise auf den üblichen Girly-Kram verzichtet. Nicht alle weiblichen Sneakerheads wollen schließlich in einer pinken Designhölle einkaufen. Stattdessen findet man hier schwedische Gemütlichkeit und eine angenehm unaufdringliche Beratung. Die Berliner SNS-Crew beweist dazu praktisch jeden Tag mit der eigenen Sneaker-Wahl, dass sie über ihren Job hinaus mit der Sneaker- und Streetwear-Kultur verbunden ist.

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Das gilt natürlich auch für die beiden SNS-Bosse Peter und Erik. Was haben die beiden in den letzten Jahren nicht alles auf die Beine gestellt! Ein wichtiger Teil waren dabei immer besondere Collabs und „SNS Exclusives“. Ihre Jordan-Liebe ist besonders groß, was sie zuletzt mit dem „Past Present Future“-Pack einmal mehr unter Beweis gestellt haben. Der AJ 1 Mid, der in diesem Drop für die große Vergangenheit von Jordan steht, hat sogar das Zeug zu einem echten Klassiker. Es wäre nicht der erste und sehr wahrscheinlich auch nicht der letzte „SNS Exclusive“, dem dies gelingt. Wir bereuen es immer noch, dass wir vor vielen Jahren bereits unseren New Balance 1500 aus dem RGB-Pack abgegeben haben. Aber solche Fehler macht vermutlich jeder.

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Ohne SNS wäre die Sneaker-Welt ganz bestimmt etwas ärmer und langweiliger. Über wie viele Shops lässt sich Vergleichbares noch sagen? Viele sind es nicht.

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Was wird von diesem Jahr aus Sicht eines Sneakerheads übrig bleiben? Die Einlösung von Kanyes „Yeezys for everyone“-Versprechen? Die absolute Dominanz von Nike/Jordan und adidas/Yeezy? Oder doch eher das Gefühl, dass der Markt schon lange seine Schmerzgrenze erreicht hat? Ich werde mich bestimmt an all das erinnern verbunden mit dem Gefühl, dass viele Brands eine Richtung eingeschlagen haben, die ich zumindest für schwierig halte. Die Inflationierung der Collabs hat bereits vieles kaputt gemacht ebenso wie das ständige Abklopfen aller Marketingaktivitäten auf eine möglichst einfache Konsumierbarkeit in den sozialen Medien.

Wer sich heute etwas länger mit einem Release auseinandersetzt und darin vielleicht auch etwas Negatives entdeckt, wird ignoriert. Wer dagegen alles grundlos abfeiert, erhält Aufmerksamkeit und wird hofiert. Irgendwie bin ich doch froh, dass unser Sneaker-Blog immer nur ein Hobby war und kein Beruf. Das macht unabhängiger(er) und lässt uns gut schlafen. Außerdem wollen wir auf dieser Seite auch in Zukunft Releases vorstellen, die uns etwas bedeuten und die nicht nur für eine knappe Instagram-Story herhalten müssen.

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In diese Kategorie der besonderen Sneaker 2019 fällt ganz bestimmt der Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 990v5. Ich hätte auch gerne dem ALD x 990v2 einen Blogpost gewidmet, doch weil dieser exklusiv nur bei ALD herauskam, wo ich damals in der Warteschlange festhing, konnte ich mich bislang nur von dessen „Zwilling“ überzeugen. Schon das Basismodell, der 990v5, war 2019 einer der wenigen erfolgreichen Modelle außerhalb der Swoosh/Trefoil/Jumpman-Bubble. In Grau oder Schwarz ist dieser ein zeitloser Alleskönner, dem sogar das einschläfernde Dadshoe-Etikett nichts anhaben kann. Dennoch war die New Balance-Kampagne zum Start des 990v5 („Worn by dads in Ohio and supermodels in London”) weitaus intelligenter als vieles, was ansonsten in diesem Jahr von den Brands im Marketing versucht wurde.

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Der ALD x 990v5 nimmt die ohnehin starke Basis/Silhouette und setzt auf diese noch mal einen drauf. Schon der Farbmix aus einem satten Dunkelgrün und einem ebenfalls recht dunklen Blau passt zu beiden Brands und dem Outdoor-Thema der „Life in the Balance“-Kollektion. ALD, die ich eigentlich noch mehr für ihre Apparel liebe, haben ihre eigene Signatur recht dezent auf dem Sneaker verewigt. Das „ALD“-Branding auf der Ferse und der kleine Tag mit gelber Schrift ist jedenfalls das Gegenteil von laut und aufdringlich. Das Posen und Flexen überlässt man gerne Anderen. Auch das finde ich sehr sympathisch. ALD beweisen zudem, dass man erwachsene Mode mit Streetwear-Einflüssen machen kann, die nicht nach einer albernen Verkleidung aussieht.

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Teddy Santis hat mit ALD eine Lücke gefüllt, auf die es nun immer mehr Copycats abgesehen haben. Als New Yorker-Label steht es für viele Aspekte und Subkulturen, die in dieser großartigen Stadt zuhause sind. Santis, der in Queens aufgewachsen ist und dort mit Hip Hop, Graffiti und Basketball in Kontakt kam, hat sich seinen kreativen Freiraum redlich verdient. Der ALD x 990v5 gießt die Essenz seines Labels in die Form eines wunderschönen Sneakers, der weder einem belanglosen Trend hinterherläuft noch mit Tricks um unsere Aufmerksamkeit kämpft. Und das ist in der heutigen Sneaker-Welt schon eine ganze Menge.

M.

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Ich halte ja eigentlich nichts von diesen Ranglisten zum Jahresende. Zum einen weil diese natürlich immer nur eine Momentaufnahme sind, zum anderen weil man das, was zuletzt passierte, fast automatisch mehr Beachtung schenkt. Insofern fallen auch auf Sneaker-Listen gerne einmal die etwas älteren Releases unter den Tisch. Januar 2019 fühlt sich schließlich schon ziemlich weit weg an. In diesem Jahr ist die Gefahr, dass ich einen wirklich wichtigen Sneaker vergessen könnte, aber eher gering. Das liegt ganz einfach daran, dass gefühlt doch sehr viel Mittelmaß den Markt regelrecht überschwemmte. Da stachen die wenigen Highlights umso deutlicher hervor. Außerdem habe ich mich bei meinen Käufen im Vergleich zu den letzten Jahren doch sehr zurückgehalten. Das war am Ende leichter als gedacht (wegen der bereits erwähnten Mittelmäßigkeit).

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Genug der Vorrede und Erklärungen. Machen wir es kurz! Der sacai x Nike LDWaffle ist mein Sneaker des Jahres (zusammen mit dem Vomero 5 SP um genau zu sein). Das überrascht nicht wirklich und ist zudem das Gegenteil von originell. Aber warum sollte ich statt der ehrlichen und nahe liegenden Wahl etwas anderes behaupten? Dabei spielt der Colorway eigentlich keine Rolle – ich mag sie irgendwie alle. Leider habe ich beim zweiten Drop kein Glück gehabt und so suche ich noch immer den weiß-grauen LDWaffle in meiner Größe (US7, EU40) zu einem halbwegs akzeptablen Preis. Über Hinweise bin ich natürlich immer dankbar!

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Mit dem Nike LDWaffle haben sacai gleich zwei wunderbare Designideen auf einer Silhouette zusammengeführt. Da wäre zunächst das Ausgangsmodell, der Daybreak, der als Retro derzeit ganz ohne Raffle-Stress erhältlich ist und der an die großen Running-Klassiker der 70er und 80er-Jahre erinnert. Diese Oldschool-Vibes wurden bei sacai zur Basis eines Fashion-Sneakers mit sehr viel Charakter und Wiedererkennungswert. Chitose Abe mag ihr kreatives Genie im Unterschied zu Virgil Abloh oder anderen Fashion-Lieblingen weniger offensiv vermarkten, dabei besteht für mich kein Zweifel, dass sie mir ihren Entwürfen und sacai-Kollektionen oft weit vor ihren bekannteren Kollegen liegt. Kein anderer Designer hat die oft zitierte „Doppelt hält besser“-Idee auf einem Sneaker jemals derart genial und konsequent umgesetzt. Zumindest fällt mir gerade niemand ein. Egal ob Swoosh, Midsole, Zunge oder Laces, am sacai x Nike LDWaffle ist fast alles in doppelter Ausführung vorhanden.

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Vor allem aber funktioniert dieser sacai-Ansatz erstaunlich gut auf einem eigentlich recht alten Modell. Hätte sich Abe einen neuen Tech-Sneaker ausgesucht, so wäre das Ergebnis ganz bestimmt weit weniger überraschend. Beim LDWaffle kommt dagegen für mich keine Langeweile auf. Obwohl die Collabo gefühlt jeden dritten Insta-Post belegt, habe ich mich an ihr noch lange nicht satt gesehen. Bei aller Begeisterung will ich aber nicht verschweigen, dass ich mir nach den ersten beiden Drops ein Ende herbeigewünscht hätte. Stattdessen gehen die LDWaffle-Releases 2020 in die unnötige Verlängerung. Hier begeht Nike den altbekannten Fehler, einen Hype solange ausquetschen zu wollen bis am Ende nichts mehr davon übrig ist.

Meiner Liebe zu diesem unfassbar schönen Sneaker wird aber selbst das nichts anhaben können. Ich weiß einfach, was ich an ihm habe. Und das ist eine ganze Menge. Danke Chitose Abe!

E.

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When we think of New York, we think of places like NoMad, Pegu Club, Dead Rabbit, Death & Co. or Milk & Honey. As you’ve obviously found this guide on our blog, you may also be familiar with some or all of these names that have been representing New York’s cocktail and bar culture over the last twenty years. They are all legends on their own. Some have closed unfortunately; some have changed, and some continue to thrive until today. And many great bartenders have earned their skills at one of those bars. You can actually trace back many careers to only a handful of places – even in such a big city. To us, NYC’s diverse and top notch bar landscape seems almost unbeatable, only maybe London can compete. We would like to introduce you to some of our favorite bars and bartenders in this guide. And because there are so many, we will have a second edition coming up for you! Just a little recommendation from us: Don’t be fooled by all the popular bar rankings. As much as we love those lists, they are not always reliable. If you stick strictly to a „Best of“ ranking, you will probably miss NYC’s best bars or get lost in a tourist trap. We want to save you from both! Enough of boring talk, let’s drink (responsibly)!

 

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Baby remember, I’m not drinking wine
But that cherry coke you serve is fine
And our love’s sweet enough on the vine


– Lana Del Rey, Bartender

 

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Banzarbar (Freeman Alley)

 

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For a great brunch on the Lower East Side we always opt for places like Freemans that has become a true staple not only for brunch lovers. While the restaurant itself doesn’t need an introduction (we included it in our food guide nevertheless), it is also home to a treasured secret called the Banzarbar. Tucked away on the second floor of Freemans Restaurant, this gem of a cocktail bar offers a very small and cozy space (only 20 seats, so reservations are highly encouraged) that seems to be the perfect retreat for an intimate date on a cold winter night. As soon as you enter the bar you feel like worlds away from the buzzing streets of New York. The elaborate decor will transport you immediately into the world of early 20th century explorers and sailors. The high-class bar program was curated by Eryn Reece, whose love for cocktails brought her once from her West Coast home in Portland to NYC. After being promoted as the Head Bartender of Death & Co. – an NYC classic that shaped the city’s landscape during the last ten years – she is now responsible for Banzarbar’s unique creations that embrace nice twists on classics as well as more fruity and spicy tiki drinks. Martini lovers should definitely order the „Moonraker Sail“ made with shouchu and blanc vermouth. If you’re more in a tiki mood, then go for the „Shackleton’s Urn“ that mixes gin with rum and different spices like cinnamon and green chili. This drink is limited to „2 per traveler“ as it can knock out even the toughest sailor. Finally, Banazarbar can offer a five-course low ABV tasting menu (95 Dollar per person) with seafood centric dishes matching the bar’s nautical theme. We definitely need to be back for this pairing of great food and drinks!

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Patent Pending (49 West 27th Street)

 

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What’s the link between Nikola Tesla and bar culture? We must confess that we weren’t able to give an answer before visiting Patent Pending near Madison Square Park (and around the corner of legendary NoMad bar). While the café in the front is busy during the daytime, it’s of course the back room that drew us here. Or if you want to be more accurate, we were guided by a popular navigation system. Today’s technologies like GPS and even Wi-Fi can be traced back to Tesla’s ground-breaking work more than a century ago. It’s more than a nice anecdote that this small bar is situated in the building in which Tesla lived and performed his experiments on radio waves back in the day. Nods to this work can be found throughout the bar’s classy interior. You just need to raise your head to the endless light bulbs hanging from the ceiling. If you look closely you can spot even more Tesla memorabilia here. We can guarantee that Patent Pending’s unique theme feels neither gimmicky nor false. Instead, you will be treated with great hospitality thanks to Patent Pending’s highly dedicated bar team. The cocktail menu that tends to change with the seasons also pays a playful tribute to Tesla’s work. Therefore, the drinks are called „Electric Healing“ or „Radio Waves“. For a perfect summer drink, we recommend the „Mr. Muir“ made with gin and calvados and some discreet flavors of ginger and gentian. Give it a try even if you are getting tired of the gin craze! With the café in the front it’s not a big surprise that Patent Pending also uses coffee for some drinks. Their Old Fashioned modification „Odd Love“ for example adds a flavorful coffee twist to the beloved classic.

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Bar Goto (245 Eldridge Street)

 

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Sometimes it can feel like a struggle to track all of LES’ bar openings and closings. When a place manages to survive in such a competitive landscape for more than a year you can already consider this as a success. Bar Goto on Eldridge Street just turned four and it looks as fresh as on its first day (and it’s here to stay as we would like to add). This quite small and intimate bar is the „child“ of Kenta Goto, who has become one of New York’s most well-known and respected bar chefs. Before he decided to open his own space, Kenta worked many years at legendary Pegu Club in SoHo – a true New York staple with a rich history and also the steppingstone for many of today’s big figures within New York’s bar scene. The bar itself and also the premium drinks are a reflection of Kenta’s personality, his roots and time spent almost equally in Japan and the US. The „Sakura Martini“ is the perfect example of this cultural mix and also a manifestation of Kenta’s approach to craft cocktails. He uses premium sake and gin as the base for his Martini whose taste is as memorable as the cherry blossom garnish. A minimalistic masterpiece! While Kenta likes to add new drinks to his menu from time to time, the „Sakura Matini“ will always be available, he promises. Shochu based drinks are another of Bar Goto’s characteristics. We have to admit that we probably wouldn’t go for the „Koji San“ because of our aversion to celery. But when we tasted this refreshing crowd pleaser, we almost forgot about this fact. On the contrary it’s a great choice to learn more about Bar Goto’s cocktail program that comes with matching Japanese bar food. Small dishes like the spicy miso wings blend typical American bar snacks with Asian influences. The drinks may still be the main reason why you should put Bar Goto on your NYC bucket list, but their Okonomiyaki (savory cabbage pancakes) is another striking argument.

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Nice to meet you Kenta! Could you please introduce yourself?

My name is Kenta Goto. I’m a Tokyo transplant living in NY for the last 20 years. I’ve been working in the restaurant/bar industry for 15 years. In 2015, I opened my bar, BAR GOTO, in the Lower East Side. I am currently working on opening a second bar in Brooklyn.

What makes your bar unique?

Bar Goto is a hybrid of Japan and New York. It’s not traditional Japanese, but a reflection of my experiences in both places.

Please tell us your favorite spirit and drink!

I’m a big fan of Scotch. I also love Sake and Wine.

What bartender from NYC should we meet next?

There are many to introduce, but definitely Sother Teague of Amor y Amargo. He’s full of knowledge when it comes to good eating and drinking. He’s not only a great host behind the bar, but a great chef, author and radio show host. A busy man!

Any recommendations what to do in NYC?

If this was my first time in New York, I would say watch the sunset from the observatory on top of the Rockefeller Center. Also, just eat and drink your way through the city!

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Dante (79-81 Macdougal Street)

 

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There are not many places in NYC with a history like Dante in the Greenwich Village For many years called „Caffe Dante“ this Italian restaurant/bar/café is quintessential NYC. And even though this should be first of all a bar guide, it’s almost impossible to write some lines about Dante without praising their delightful food. Their charcuterie of exquisite Italian sausages is simply to die for, as is their handmade pasta. Also, we highly recommend saving room for Dante’s signature tiramisu. We can guarantee that you will leave this place perfectly happy! Dating back to 1915 Dante (or ex Caffe Dante) embodies the history and changes of the Village. It’s a stroke of luck that the new owners stayed true to Dante’s roots in the community. Over the years this place became a second home for many New Yorkers – both famous and non-famous. Just look at some of the pictures lining the walls to catch a glimpse of Dante’s lively past. Robert Maplethorpe, Bob Dylan, Jerry Seinfeld, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro – they all loved or still love Dante. When it comes to drinks, the new Dante is even more aspiring. Famous for their Negroni variations like the pictured „Negroni Bianco“ or the Garibaldi a classic Aperitivo at Dante is much more than a safe bet. It’s probably the best way to start your night! Even an often neglected drink like the „Grasshopper“ can be an eye-opener, did you know that? Countless bar awards and high rankings – they recently earned the top spot of the „World’s 50 Best Bars“ – are evidence of Dante’s qualities in drinks and craft cocktails. In his own way this is New York’s equivalent of London’s Bar Termini.

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Devon (252 Broome Street)

 

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We are still in love with New York’s ever-changing Lower East Side, mainly because of its diversity. The bar scene is one of them. A very sleek and stylish place called Devon belongs to the newer additions in the neighborhood, now open for about one year. Oliver Zabar, whose family name is familiar one in New York’s restaurant business, wanted to create a neighborhood bar with great food and unique drinks. When it comes to cocktails, he and his head bartender Sean Saunders have definitely achieved that objective (we have to come back for the food, especially for the famous dry-aged burger from Eli’s Night Shift). Saunders created craft cocktails that play with unusual ingredients like mustard (yes, mustard). While we have to admit that we would probably choose a different drink from the menu, the truly special „The Knowable Universe“ is a real eye-opener not only because of its discreet mustard flavor. The combination of cognac, spices, fruits and egg white make a great drink. Saunders apparently likes to think outside the box, which is quite rare in today’s bar landscape, where most people seem to opt for the safest way mostly because of economic restrictions. If your bar is not a success within the first months, it probably won’t be around for very long. But there’s is so much more we love about Devon. The design is modern and homely at the same time. It’s a mix of different elements and styles. The exposed brick walls and the classic terrazzo bar décor set the tone and go astonishingly well with the modern parts of the interior. And there’s of course that special LES vibe that Devon knows how to use it.

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Nice to meet you Sean! Could you please introduce yourself?

Sure thing, I’m Sean Saunders, the Head Bartender and General Manager at Devon. I’ve worked in the industry for about twelve years, going on six in the city. My first job was Tooker Alley and then I helped an amazing team open up Happiest Hour and Slowly Shirley where I was lucky to work with many great bartenders from early Pegu Club and Death & Co. era. I’ve worked with Owneys Rum, Cafe Boulud, and Grand Banks, to name a few.

What makes your bar unique?

Our carefully designed space tries to strike a balance between unique, and welcoming. We try to bring some elevated techniques and ingredients into both the food and cocktails and focus heavily on creating a professional and hospitable service. Ultimately, we’re hoping to create a fun, and safe space for everyone to have a great time.

Please tell us your favorite spirit and drink!

I’m definitely a bit of rum nerd. The daiquiri is still, in my opinion, one of the most perfect cocktails.

What bartender from NYC should we meet next?

Brian Grummart from Subject, Sother Teague from Amor y Amaro and Garret Richard from Existing Conditions all have some great insight and advice, amongst many others.

Any recommendations what to do in NYC?

Where to begin? In the summer for a full day nothing beats the Rockaway Ferry. Head up the boardwalk and grab some Arepas or a Burger from Rippers. In the Spring, or Fall hitting up Grand Banks with a sweater will save you from the 2 hours wait times and provide one of the best views in the city. Winter in the city is too easy, hole up anywhere warm with some good food and drinks. I always try to finish a late Friday or Saturday night at Katz, which is open 24 hours during the weekends, and is the non-existent lines are only made better by the experience.

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Undercote (16 West 22nd Street)

 

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Neither a typical speakeasy nor a boring restaurant bar, this place does things differently in a very charming and elegant way! Let’s talk a little bit about Undercote in Midtown, where barflies and boozehounds find refuge in a dark basement under a Michelin-rated Korean steakhouse. The latter is called Cote, so the name of the bar is quite self-explanatory. Upon entering, guests are teleported into a different dimension of first-class spirits, creative cocktails and a mysterious rain forest ambiance. The back of the bar looks like a big terrarium with plants, twines and lots of green. There is another dimly lit room with even more green. Overall the bar may be relatively small in size, but if you come around later at night, you should be able to grab a seat. As the associated restaurant upstairs mostly attracts a business clientele, the weekends at Undercote are usually not as busy as the weekdays. Sondre Kasin – a native-born Norwegian, hence the first name – is Undercote’s master of mixology. His bar menu offers playful twists on classics like the Pina Colada as well as more experimental drinks and the immense popular low-ABV cocktails. We also like to mention the Korean bar food that is served at Undercote. But beware – it’s highly addictive! Sondre and his dedicated team treat every guest with an incredible hospitality that we would have rather associated with a small neighborhood joint. In fact, Undercote is the exact opposite of an anonymous restaurant bar. For all mezcal lovers, Sondre created the smoky „Esteban“. It instantly became one of our new favorites. The color-changing „Illusions” poured from a cat-shaped carafe (!) is a visual masterpiece and already an Instagram darling. But despite the visual gimmicks the Gin-based drink will satisfy even those who normally reject all social media hypes. Like Undercote itself, this cocktail will satisfy your eyes and your soul.

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Nice to meet you Sondre! Could you please introduce yourself?

Nice to meet you as well! My name is Sondre Kasin and I am the principal bartender at Undercote & Cote Korean Steakhouse in NYC. Originally from Norway I have worked 10 years in the hospitality industry but have only been two years in New York. I was brought onto the team by Simon Kim and Victoria James to run their cocktail program at Cote & Undercote here in New York and I have been with them for almost two years now.

What makes your bar unique?

First off, Undercote feels like a subtropical jungle with live plants and greenery. The plants breathes life into the room and fresh air so every time you walk in to the bar you feel relaxed and calm. I wanted the cocktails to be clean, easy to drink and refreshing. A lot of bars can focus on sugar heavy cocktails, a lot of juices and over the top cocktails. We wanted the opposite so you can a break from the NYC city hustle!

Please tell us your favorite spirit and drink!

Nothing beats the classics: Daiquiri or Negroni is always my two go to cocktails. Favorite spirit must be gin. In cocktails gin shows a huge range from Martini to French 75 and works for all occasions.

What bartender from NYC should we meet next?

You already met a lot of my favorite bartenders. However you should definitely visit Aidan Bowie next time. He is the nicest bartender in New York and also makes amazing drinks!

Any recommendations what to do in NYC?

First of all stay away from the tourist attractions and Times Square! Focus on food, cocktails and wine instead. Take a trip to Chinatown in Flushing and eat dumplings/Chinese food. When you get back to Manhattan do a speakeasy bar round and visit all the classic cocktail bars for Martini´s, Manhattan´s and Penicillins. Finish with Korean food at Cote and cocktails at Undercote!

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Existing Conditions (35 West 8th Street)

 

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If you are slightly familiar with New York’s cocktail history of the last ten years, you will probably rather sooner than later stumble upon a place called „Booker and Dax“. That highly innovative cocktail bar/lab at the back of Momofuku was the brainchild and playground of Dave Arnold. After its close in 2016 Arnold shifted his focus to new projects. Together with Don Lee of „Please Don’t Tell“ and Greg Boehm, who also runs rising star „Katana Kitten“ (just wait for our 2nd NYC Bar Guide), he opened Existing Conditions near Washington Square Park in 2018. Staying true to Booker and Dax’s roots in new cocktail techniques and methods of preparation Arnold’s latest bar also aims for that something special. Guests can for example order bottled cocktails from a vending machine in the front. Another feature is not so obvious. As Existing Condition’s head bartender Jack Schramm told us, they carbonate not only the soda/filler but the whole drink including the spirit. Also, they try to use fresh fruits instead of juice for their drinks. It’s safe to say that Existing Conditions aims for a different, more elaborate approach to mixology. At the same time the cocktails are presented in a pure, almost minimalistic way neglecting all fancy gadgets. So, in the end it’s all about the taste and not about the packaging. We love that! Divided into rather unusual categories like „carbonated“, „shaken“ and „stirred up“ the cocktail menu itself reflects this bias to craftmanship and technology. The pictured „Helicopter“ is a bittersweet Norwegian sour made of milk-washed aquavit, Cynar and Aperol. If you’re into sour drinks, then this one is for you! For a hot summer day, we recommend one of the shaved ice cocktails like the „Italian Ice“ made of Byrrh (a French aperitif), Amaro and Aperol. In either case you won’t be disappointed, leaving Existing Conditions in a good condition.

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Nice to meet you Jack! Could you please introduce yourself?

I’m the Head Bartender at Existing Conditions, the cocktail bar from Dave Arnold and Don Lee on 8th Street in the West Village. I also run the bar in the Pernod-Ricard USA New York office. Life is all about balance, so when I’m not clarifying juice in a Spinzall or distilling peppers in a rotovap I test drinks with new flavors of Malibu and Kahlua.

What makes your bar unique?

The thing that excites me the most about Existing Conditions is that we manage to execute cocktails with hours of prep and a bedrock in science and technology, but avoid the „laboratory“ trope that can make bars like ours feel clinical. We are a neighborhood bar with lots of regulars both in and outside of the industry that happens to use some tools like centrifuges and liquid nitrogen in pursuit of flavor. The science is there and we are all happy to talk about techniques, but the majority of our guests just enjoys a delicious drink in a warm, inviting space.

Please tell us your favourite spirit and drink!

It’s a tie between Mezcal and Rhum Agricole. I think both of these exhibit terroir, which can be difficult to showcase, especially in aged spirits. Favorite drink is a Daiquiri, preferably with a blend of R(h)ums.

What bartender from NYC should we meet next?

Will Wyatt at Mister Paradise. Will and I worked together for a year at the NoMad, before we both left to start our current projects. His drinks are delicious, his bar is wonderful, and he has a very specific sense of humor that gets me every time. We share an ethos at our bars – incredible cocktails in unpretentious spaces. It’s my favorite bar to drink at right now.

Any recommendations what to do in NYC?

New York is an incredible city to dine and drink in alone. If you find yourself on a solo adventure, make sure to be very kind and not be pushy, but have a conversation with your bartender. We love to send guests back and forth to each other and give up the secrets of the best places and menu items to people that show genuine interest. Make sure to walk as much as possible. There is so much to look at, art, architecture, and especially people watching. Just take the city in and eat and drink as much as possible!

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Reception Bar (45 Orchard Street)

 

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In a time when political leaders try to build walls again, it seems more important than ever to take a firm stand against all kind of discrimination and to emphasize the positive aspects of immigration. As an Asian-American woman, Reception Bar’s owner Katie Rue wants to introduce flavors from her Korean heritage to a modern (American) cocktail bar. Therefore soju – a very common spirit in Korea distilled from rice – is the base of many drinks. The different sojus are all infused in-house by Katie and her team, emphasizing the importance of elaborate cocktail techniques for Reception’s ambitious drink menu. For the pictured low-ball, which is called „Smokes“, she uses pine smoked lapsang soju, Korean pear shrub and eucalyptus bitters. It’s one of her signature drinks that keep the promise of a balance between the east and the west. Another outstanding drink is the „Devilwood Bloom“ served in a coupette and made with osmanthus soju. It’s as tasty as visual appealing. The place itself follows a beautiful geometric design with big windows, flowers, and an earthy color palette. Lots of natural light floats the small, intimate bar (Reception’s operating hours start at 1.00 PM with the exception of Monday, when the bar is closed). From a visual standpoint Reception shares more elements with a café than with a traditional bar. The many non-alcoholic choices that Katie calls „elixirs“ would also match that café comparison. Hence Reception may also appeal to those who are not frequent bar visitors. In any case it’s a welcome addition to the LES neighborhood.

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BlackTail (Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, CLOSED)

 

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Dead Rabbit is a one-of-a-kind success story. It became the „World’s Best Bar“ and earned endless awards. For co-founders Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry – two close friends from Belfast, Northern Ireland – the success of the Dead Rabbit was not the end of their ambitions. And so here we are! This ancient Cuban oasis called BlackTail takes you back to a time when Americans left their home to enjoy the good life on an Caribbean island that later should become their archenemy. The prohibition also forced many bartenders to leave the country. Their talent was no longer wanted/needed in the US. With an emphasis on this forgotten part of US history the guys behind BlackTail established an exquisite cocktail menu in a remarkable setting. This bar feels indeed like a time machine. Upon entering you find yourself teleported to pre-communism Havana. There’s often live music that adds even more atmosphere to this wonderful place on the 2nd floor of the Pier A Harbor House. BlackTail’s latest drink menu honors the music history of Cuba and the Cuban passion for rhythm and dance. Divided into five main categories (Highball, Punch, Sour, Old-Fashioned, Cocktail) it’s a really tough choice to limit yourself to just 2 or 3 drinks. We actually recommend staying for the whole night and also taste their delicious bar food. If you love mezcal like we do, the „Spice Tree“ won’t disappoint! But as its name suggests it’s a little spicy thanks to the use of Habanero chili. You will also find all the Cuban classics on the menu from legendary Mojitos to Pina Coladas. We can assure you that BlackTail’s versions have nothing to do with all the shitty, watered down happy hour drinks. This is in fact first-class drinking in a league of its own!

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Ghost Donkey (4 Bleecker Street)

 

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What’s the perfect bar to us? It’s probably a place where great hospitality and great drinks come together and where you immediately feel welcome. By that definition, Ghost Donkey in NoHo is very close to perfection. It’s a lively mezcal and tequila joint that celebrates Mexican culture, diversity, friendship and all the good things in life! All these values are incarnated in host Ignacio “Nacho” Jimenez, who is one of New York’s most famous bartenders. If you meet him at Ghost Donkey shaking and stirring, you will realize that he simply loves what he does. You may practice all the basic bartending skills and learn what’s to learn about cocktails, but it’s almost impossible to learn real hospitality. Nacho is the heart and soul of Ghost Donkey that gets quite busy also on weekdays. But a fun place like this has to be a little lively and crowded. When it comes to drinks, Nacho’s Ghost Donkey fam likes to infuse new blood into classic cocktails like a Negroni or a Pina Colada. Their „Mole Negroni“ is made with fat-washed mezcal and that famous Mexican mole adding a spicy twist to the beloved Negroni taste. Another example of Nacho’s genuine take on cocktails is his interpretation of a „Tequila Sunrise“ (look for the „Mezcal Sun-Risa“ on the menu). He uses both mezcal and tequila with some dashes of habanero and hibiscus. Finally, even a simple „Pina Colada“ can still be an eye-opener. You don’t believe us? The Ghost Donkey „Pina Colada“ proves all skeptics wrong. It’s refreshing, not sweet and absolutely delicious! The same could probably be said about their Mexican food. But as we headed somewhere else for dinner that night, we have to come around again for some Nachos and Tacos (and more drinks).

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Nice to meet you Nacho! Could you please introduce yourself?

My name is Ignacio „Nacho“ Jimenez. I am the Donkey Guru here at Ghost Donkey!

What makes your bar unique?

I think this is our approach to hospitality. We not only see hospitality as a reflection of our service, but as the special atmosphere we are able to achieve with all the different aspects of the bar inlcuding design, music, service, drinks and food. Overall we aim to create a festive atmosphere, where everyone feels welcome.

Please tell us your favourite spirit and drink!

I love all spirits and I believe that there’s a time for everything. That being said I do find myself drinking a lot of mezcal lately but I’m a big fan of Japanese Whiskey, Rum and Cognac. When it comes to cocktails Daiquiris are something that I really enjoy drinking.

What bartender from NYC should we meet next?

Jorsand from Cosme! He is an amazing source of knowledge when it comes to Mezcal. And his attention to detail and friendly attitude will make your next bar visit really special.

Any recommendations what to do in NYC?

I’m in love with Public Records and Night Moves at the moment. Both places have an incredibly design, an amazing sound systems and super cool beverage programs.

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The Sneakerzimmer NYC Bar Guide Part 2 coming early 2020!

 

Die meisten zieht es zum Shopping nach London, New York oder Paris. Dabei kann man auch in anderen Städten gut und vor allem deutlich entspannter einkaufen. Stockholm ist eine dieser Metropolen, die für Fans von Mode, Streetwear und den anderen schönen Dingen des Lebens einiges zu bieten hat. Man sollte allerdings schon etwas Kleingeld – oder besser gesagt eine Kreditkarte mit nicht zu geringem Limit – auf seiner Reise dabei haben. Denn Stockholm kann ganz schön teuer sein. Damit wollen wir den spaßbefreiten Disclaimer aber auch beenden. Wer beim Einkaufen sein Limit kennt, dürfte an dieser Stadt nämlich sehr viel Freude haben. Wir liefern dafür hoffentlich den Beweis.

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Sneakersnstuff (Södermalm)

Es dürfte niemanden, der sich nur im Entferntesten für Sneakers interessiert, überraschen in einem Shopping-Guide über Stockholm den Namen Sneakersnstuff (SNS) zu finden. Hier begann vor rund 20 Jahren die Erfolgsgeschichte der beiden Freunde Peter und Erik, die heute ein kleines Sneaker-Imperium leiten mit Stores in London, Paris, Berlin, LA und bald auch Tokio. Trotz des Erfolgs sind die beiden nicht nur auf dem Boden geblieben, sie haben sich auch ihre Liebe für die Sneaker-Kultur bewahrt. Und ihre Stores sind im Gegensatz zu vielen anderen Shops noch weit vom seelenlosen Filialisten-Look manch eines Wettbewerbers entfernt. So gibt es zwischen allen SNS-Standorten einige Querverweise zu entdecken und viele Besonderheiten im Store-Design. Dass sich das Sortiment von dem anderer Sneaker-Shops kaum unterscheidet, wollen wir dabei überhaupt nicht bestreiten. Für uns sind SNS immer wieder ein Pflichtbesuch!

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Nitty Gritty (Södermalm)

Wer nach einer Übersetzung für „Nitty Gritty“ googelt, der erhält die etwas nüchterne Antwort: „praktisch veranlagt“. Wir bleiben daher beim englischen Original, hinter dem sich in Stockholm einer der schönsten Stores für Mode, Streetwear und Sneaker versteckt. Etwas abseits vom Trubel der City im schönen Södermalm teilt sich das Nitty Gritty-Universum auf in das Hauptgeschäft und einen deutlich kleineren Shop speziell für die Damen. Beide Shops liegen praktisch Tür an Tür zueinander. Das großzügige, moderne Store-Design gefiel uns genauso gut wie die Auswahl der hier gelisteten Brands (darunter Patagonia, Stone Island, Nanamica, Comme des Garcons), die zugegeben meist aus dem nicht ganz günstigen Preissegment stammen. Die Sneaker-Ecke ist zwar überschaubar aber dennoch mit aktuellen Releases von New Balance, adidas und Nike gut sortiert. Für den Womens-Store gilt das Gleiche nur in einer etwas kleineren Verpackung.

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Our Legacy (Södermalm)

Wie so viele moderne Fashion-Brands haben auch Our Legacy ihre Wurzeln in der schwedischen Hauptstadt. Seit der Gründung im Jahr 2005 hat sich die Marke von Jockum Hallin, Cristopher Nying und Richardos Klarén fest etabliert. Der Style ist einerseits klassisch bis elegant, zum anderen lässig und von Streetwear-Elementen und auffälligen Prints durchzogen. Wie so viele schwedische Fashion-Brands haben auch die Kollektionen von Our Legacy ihren Preis. Empfehlenswert ist daher auch der Besuch des Our Legacy „Work Shops“ im Stadtteil Vasastaden, der auch Stücke aus älteren Kollektionen zu reduzierten Preisen führt. Mit etwas Glück werdet Ihr fündig!

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Stutterheim (Södermalm)

An dieser Stelle böten sich die üblichen Klischees über das schwedische Wetter an. Wir können diese aber nicht bestätigen. Auch bei unserem letzten Stockholm-Trip schien meist die Sonne. Falls aber dennoch mal etwas Nasses von oben runterkommt, trägt man am besten eine Regenjacke bzw. einen Regenmantel von Stutterheim. Diese findet man hier in endlosen Farben und Designs. Es gibt ziemlich schwere Jacken und die etwas leichteren. Stutterheim sind eine schwedische Qualitätsmarke, die auch bereits mit anderen Brands und Designern wie Marc Jacobs zusammengearbeitet haben. Outdoor-Fans sollten den Store unbedingt auf ihre Liste setzen.

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Acne Studios (Södermalm)

Bei moderner Mode aus Skandinavien denken wir zuerst an Acne Studios. Zu unserem Unglück (oder zu dem unseres Reisebudgets) werden wir in den Acne-Stores eigentlich immer fündig. Seien es die Klamotten oder auch die Accessoires wie Schals und Taschen, der elegante Stil des schwedischen Modehauses trifft genau unseren Geschmack. Sogar die vermeintlichen Basics besitzen meist noch etwas Besonderes. Materialien, Schnitte, Farben – die schöne-teure Acne-Welt ist ein echter Modetraum. Sogar die Acne-Sneaker wollen wir nicht als reine Fashion-Monster verdammen. Acne-Gründer Jonny Johansson hat es zweifellos geschafft, Couture mit Street Fashion auf eine sehr unangestrengte Art miteinander zu verbinden. Wie schon bei Our Legacy findet sich ebenfalls in Vasastaden ein Outlet („Acne Archive“) mit reduzierten Styles aus älteren Acne-Kollektionen.

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Grandpa (Södermalm)

Gäbe es nur einen Shop, den wir Euch in Stockholm ans Herz legen könnten, dann wäre dies ganz bestimmt Grandpa. Eigentlich handelt es sich bei diesem um einen klassischen Gemischtwarenladen, das aber mit sehr viel Stil und Geschmack. Hier findet man sowohl ein neues Outfit als auch eine neue Inneneinrichtung und vieles mehr für die eigenen vier Wände. Die Auswahl würde eine ganze Seite füllen, deshalb nur soviel: Neben vielen skandinavischen Brands (Hay, Wood Wood, Muuto, Uniforms for the Dedicated, die eigene Hausmarke) aus den Bereichen Mode und Interior führen Grandpa auch klassische Denim (Edwin, Levi’s) und sogar Workwear. Wir haben beim letzten Mal hier gleich die Hälfte unseres Urlaubsbudgets ausgegeben. Ein sehr erwachsener und zugleich wunderschöner Store, bei dem sich ein Besuch eigentlich immer lohnt.

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Fred Perry (Södermalm)

Auch wenn in diesem Guide hauptsächlich die schwedischen Brands bei den Stores im Vordergrund stehen sollen, können wir doch ab und zu eine Ausnahme machen. Im Fall von Fred Perry fällt uns diese nicht wirklich schwer. Zum einen mögen wir die Brand sehr (was wahrscheinlich nicht nur mit dem typischen Fred Perry-Style sondern auch mit ihrer Geschichte und ihrem Namensgeber zu tun hat), zum anderen ist der Stockholmer Flagship-Store auf Södermalm ein echtes Schmuckstück. Bei unserem letzten Besuch fanden wir hier auch die neue Fred Perry x Raf Simons-Kollektion.

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Papercut (Södermalm)

Es gibt sie noch, die guten Dinge. Ganz viele davon findet Ihr im Papercut Store, dessen komplettes Sortiment aus Büchern, Magazinen, Comics und Krimskrams wir am liebsten auf der Stelle eingepackt hätten. Man findet hier die bekannten Coffee Table Books von Taschen, Literatur über Mode, Architektur und Film, die Monocle Guides, besondere Postkarten und Poster und zudem jede Menge DVDs und Videospiele. Wer schwedisch beherrscht, darf sich über so manchen schwedischen Literaturklassiker freuen. Oder man entscheidet sich für ein schwedisches Kochbuch, wo es vielleicht nicht auf jedes Wort ankommt. Auch das „Ultimate Sneaker Book“ von Sneaker Freaker hatte Papercut auf Lager.

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Happy Socks (Norrmalm)

Manchmal hat man doch so richtig Lust auf etwas mehr Farbe in seinem Leben. Die bunten Designs von Happy Socks eignen sich dafür perfekt. Als schwedische Brand sind Happy Socks natürlich in Stockholm auch mit einem eigenen Shop vertreten (es gibt sogar mehrere). Was wohl eine gewisse Pipi Langstrumpf zu den Socken und Strümpfen in dieser etwas anderen Villa Kunterbunt sagen würde? Die rebellische Pipi käme aus dem Staunen vermutlich nicht mehr raus. Wenn Shopping schlechte Laune vertreiben kann, dann sind Happy Socks dafür mit Sicherheit der beste Beweis.

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Caliroots (Norrmalm)

Vielleicht hat es sich inzwischen herumgesprochen, dass der Caliroots-Store in Stockholm nicht unbedingt das Highlight aus der Sicht eines Sneakerheads ist. So sehr die Schweden ihren Online-Shop pushen, so bescheiden und durchschnittlich fällt im Vergleich dazu ihr Store aus. Nachdem es lange Jahre drei verschiedene Caliroots-Stores gab (der Skate-Shop, der Premium-Store, der Sneaker-Store), so wurden diese einzelnen Shops an einer Location gebündelt. Das hat zumindest den Vorteil, dass man mit einem Besuch alles in wenigen Minuten abhaken kann. Been there, done that! Wir machen dann auch brav einen Haken hinter die neue Caliroots-Adresse und ziehen unbeeindruckt weiter.

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Stone Island (Norrmalm)

Inmitten der edlen Fashion-Stores und Mode-Boutiquen in Stockholms Zentrum findet man auch den Flagship-Store von Stone Island. Die Italiener erleben ja schon seit einigen Jahren auch in der Sneakerszene einen unglaublichen Boom (wie hat das eigentlich angefangen?). Dass Stone Island-Klamotten ihren Preis haben, dürfte daher allgemein bekannt sein. Hier zahlt man eben auch für die Marke, wenn man es denn möchte oder es sich leisten kann. Aber Achtung! Wie wir festgestellt haben, sind die Stone Island-Kollektionen in Schweden noch teuer als in den meisten anderen europäischen Ländern. Nicht dass am Ende die Urlaubsstimmung beim Blick auf die Rechnung plötzlich dahin ist.

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Östermalms Saluhall (Östermalm)

Früher oder später meldet sich beim Shopping vermutlich der Hunger. Doch auch dafür haben wir eine Lösung, die zugegeben kein Geheimtipp ist. In Östermalms Saluhall werden garantiert alle Gourmets und Foodies glücklich. Die Halle mit ihren vielen unterschiedlichen Ständen und kleinen Restaurants (die meisten öffnen um 11 Uhr) ist mit der Mercat de la Boqueria aus Barcelona oder der Markthalle IX in Berlin durchaus vergleichbar. Gerade gegenüber Barcelona geht es hier aber noch recht gemütlich zu und auch der Andrang an Touristen hält sich erfreulicherweise in Grenzen. Egal ob frische Meerestiere, Fleisch in bester Qualität, schwedisches Fingerfood, Pralinen oder süßes Gebäck, die Auswahl in der Saluhall lässt kaum Wünsche offen.

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Plug me please (Södermalm)

Es wäre echt ein Wunder, wenn es in Stockholm noch keinen dieser Consignment-/Hype-/Reseller-Stores geben würde. Auf Södermalm findet sich einer fast in Sichtweite zum Sneakersnstuff-Store, mit dem es aber ansonsten keine Verbindung gibt. Plug me Please bietet die aktuellen Hype-Releases und Hypebeast-Essentials zu den durchaus gängigen Kursen. Dass man mit einem Tablet bequem nach seinem Wunsch-Sneaker suchen kann, ist ein nettes Feature. Bei einem Rundgang durch Södermalm kann man hier einmal reinschauen. Ansonsten halten sich bei einem Store wie Plug me Please die Überraschungen natürlich in engen Grenzen. Uns machen diese Shops inzwischen auch immer so müde. Warum nur?

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Damit endet unser Shopping-Rundgang durch Stockholm. Wer uns kennt, weiß sicher, dass wir auch noch einen Food- und Bar-Guide für Euch haben. Was gutes Essen und gute Drinks angeht, so hat Stockholm ebenfalls einiges zu bieten.

 

Eine Reise nach Stockholm lohnt sich nicht nur, weil es einfach eine wunderschöne Stadt mit vielen interessanten und spannenden Ecken ist. Auch das Essen und die Barszene Stockholms kann so einiges und muss sich nicht vor anderen europäischen Metropolen verstecken. Ganz im Gegenteil. Wir stellen Euch hier unsere Lieblinge vor, die von Soulfood bis Gourmet-Küche für jeden Geschmack etwas anzubieten haben. Und zum Ende nehmen wir Euch mit zu den besten Bars der Stadt. Seid Ihr bereit?

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Breakfast & Cafés

 

Café & Bageri Pascal (verschiedene Locations)

Nicht nur für uns beginnt der Tag erst nach einem guten Kaffee und vielleicht einem dazu passenden Snack. Beides bietet das Café Pascal, das in Stockholm gleich an mehreren Orten zu finden ist. Als Café mit hauseigener Bäckerei sind die süßen Backwaren, Brote und ordentlich belegten Sandwiches hier sehr zu empfehlen. Ganz typisch sind auch die schwedischen „Bulle“, hinter denen sich meist süße, unterschiedlich gefüllte Brötchen/Backwaren verbergen. Das Café ist sowohl bei den Einheimischen als auch bei Touristen sehr beliebt. Wir wissen auch warum. Wer seinen Kaffee gerne in Ruhe genießt, schaut am besten schon am frühen Morgen vorbei. Unter der Woche ist das Café Pascal sogar bereits ab 7 Uhr geöffnet.

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Nytorget 6 (Nytorget 6)

Gegenüber des kleinen Nytorget-Parks lässt sich im Restaurant Nytorget 6 in der Woche gut frühstücken und am Wochenende ebenso gut brunchen (ab 11 Uhr). Natürlich bietet das Restaurant etwas später auch eine Mittagskarte und ein Dinner an, wovon wir Euch vor allem das Meatball-Gericht empfehlen können. So leckere und geschmacklich feine Fleischbällchen haben wir noch nirgendwo gegessen. Von den bekannten Meatballs einer schwedischen Baumarktkette sind diese jedenfalls gleich mehrere Lichtjahre entfernt. Doch zurück zum Frühstück, wo sowohl das Omelett mit seiner cremigen Pilzfüllung als auch das hausgemachte Granola absolute Bestnoten verdient haben. Das Nytorget 6 ist zugegeben nicht ganz billig, aber das haben wir auch nie behauptet (gilt übrigens für ganz Stockholm).

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Gast Café (Rådmansgatan 57)

Schon das Logo des Gast Café, ein kleiner Geist, bringt einen irgendwie zum Schmunzeln. In dem gemütlichen Café folgt dann die nächste positive Überraschung. Während so viele Cafés entweder viel zu laut und hektisch sind oder vor Lässigkeit einschlafen, trifft das Gast die genau richtige Mischung aus Instagram-tauglicher Optik und ziemlich leckerem Inhalt. Die Frühstückskarte bietet für jeden Geschmack etwas – von süß bis herzhaft. Man findet das allgegenwärtige Avocado-Toast hier ebenso wie klassisches Müsli mit frischen Früchten oder ein Rührei mit Parmesan und Chili. Die Wartezeiten sind ausgesprochen angenehm, der freundliche Service arbeitet unaufdringlich und flott. Im Gast Café lässt es sich bei einem Cappuccino oder Flat White wunderbar entspannen. Noch dazu gibt es freies Wlan.

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Fikabaren (Södermannagatan 10)

Ganz egal ob Ihr nur mal eben einen guten Kaffee trinken möchtet oder Ihr Bock auf ein Frühstück bis in den frühen Nachmittag habt, in beiden Fällen wird Euch im Fikabaren garantiert geholfen. Wir waren hier gleich mehrfach zu Gast, was eigentlich als Empfehlung schon alles sagt. Während manche Cafés in der Gegend oft sehr überlaufen sind und man schon bei der Suche nach einem freien Platz Stress empfindet, so ist davon im Fikabaren nichts zu spüren. Das ist schwedische Gelassenheit so wie wir sie mögen! Und wenn es dazu noch einen exzellenten Cappuccino gibt, sind wir doppelt glücklich. Aber auch das Frühstück kann (man) sich im Fikabaren sehen bzw. schmecken lassen. Wie so viele Cafés und Restaurants in Stockholm akzeptiert das Fikabaren nur noch Kartenzahlungen.

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Omayma (Skånegatan 92)

Auch wenn wir keine Vegetarier oder Veganer sind, so haben wir doch keine Berührungsängste mit gesunder Küche. Tofu-Witze sind ohnehin schon viel zu alt, um noch lustig zu sein. Dass sich Geschmack und gesundes Essen nicht ausschließen, zeigt das Omayma auf Södermalm. Das gemütliche Café bietet verschiedene, meist vegetarische Bowls zum Frühstück und Lunch. Außerdem gibt es Sandwiches, Salate sowie klassische Frühstücks-Gerichte von Granola bis Avocado-Toast (manche Gerichte werden nur bis 11 Uhr angeboten). Man setzt auf Bio-Produkte und frische Zubereitungen. Beides schmeckt man!

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Lunch & Dinner

 

Bar Agrikultur (Skånegatan 79)

Noch recht neu und schon fest etabliert ist die Bar Agrikultur im Zentrum Södermalms. Das kleine, gemütliche Restaurant mit seiner skandinavischen Tapas-Bar-Atmosphäre serviert von der schwedischen Küche inspirierte Gerichte, die zum Teilen gedacht sind. „Sharing is caring“ lautet auch hier das Motto. Unbedingt probieren solltet Ihr die unverschämt leckeren Käsebällchen und die Spieße mit Hühnchen und Schwein. Typisch Schwedisch sind zudem die Flusskrebse, die aus ihrer Schale gelutscht werden. Hier darf man sich ruhig die Hände schmutzig machen. Auch die Weinkarte und die Drinks sind hier auf einem ziemlich hohen Niveau. Kein Wunder, versteht sich die Bar Agrikultur auch als Gin Bar. Wer in Stockholm übrigens auf ein Restaurant namens Agrikultur trifft, der steht vor dem großen „Bruder“ der Bar Agrikultur. Das mit einem Michelin-Stern ausgezeichnete Restaurant serviert ein wechselndes Tasting Menu in lockerer Atmosphäre vor einer offenen Küche. Wer hier essen möchte, sollte jedoch unbedingt frühzeitig reservieren.

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Tjoget (Hornsbruksgatan 24)

Hornstull war vor einigen Jahren noch keine Gegend, in die man sich als Tourist nicht unbedingt verirrte. Inzwischen gibt es aber einen guten Grund, wieso man dort unbedingt einmal vorbeischauen sollte (was dank Bus & Bahn auch recht einfach geht). Tjoget heißt das kulinarische Aushängeschild von Hornstull. Es ist Restaurant, Weinbar und Cocktail-Destination in einem. Aber zu den Drinks kommen wir später noch, immerhin haben diese einen eigenen Eintrag verdient. Im Tjoget wird ein mediterranes Menü aus vielen kleinen Gerichten angeboten, das man so auch rund um das Mittelmeer kaum besser serviert bekommen dürfte. Es fällt uns jedenfalls schwer, nur ein Gericht herauszuheben. Angefangen bei der Charcuterie über den frischen Burrata bis zum butterweichen Oktopus war jeder Teller einfach unglaublich lecker. Wir empfehlen Euch einen Tisch im hinteren Teil des Restaurants zu reservieren, da es dort etwas entspannter zugeht. Auch der Service hat im Tjoget die volle Punktzahl verdient. Und dann gäbe es noch die Cocktails. Mehr dazu erfahrt Ihr etwas weiter unten.

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Schmaltz Bar & Deli (Nybrogatan 19)

Kein Bock auf ein 3-Gänge-Menü oder Fast Food? Irgendwas dazwischen vielleicht? Dann solltet Ihr unbedingt das Schmaltz auf Eure Stockholm-Liste setzen. Zentral gelegen bietet sich das Café/Deli auch als Zwischenstopp bei einer Shopping-Tour durch Stockholm an. Auf der Lunch-Karte gibt es Salate und Sandwiches sowie Deli-Spezialitäten wie Hühnchenleber-Parfait mit Toast oder die hausgemachte Pastete. Danach kann man im Schmaltz auch gleich noch einen Kaffee mit etwas süßem Gebäck genießen. Nach dieser kleinen Auszeit ist man dann wieder bereit für Stockholms Einkaufsstraßen.

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Restaurang Volt (Kommendörsgatan 16)

Ein Menü, das sich mit den Jahreszeiten wandelt und das ausschließlich auf frische, unverarbeitete Lebensmittel aus der Region setzt. Gemäß dieser klaren Philosophie wird im Restaurang Volt gekocht, wobei „Kochen“ die Sache nicht ganz trifft: Denn im Volt wird Essen zelebriert und das ganz ohne falsche Feinschmecker-Attitüde oder Sterne-Gehabe. Die Atmosphäre ist locker und das Restaurant selber eher mit einem Esszimmer zu vergleichen. Als Gast hat man die Wahl zwischen einem 4- und einem 6-Gang-Menü mit oder ohne Weinbegleitung. Viele der Gänge sind entweder rein vegetarisch oder setzen auf frischen Fisch. Selbst wenn sich die Aufzählung der Zutaten in der Menüreihenfolge zunächst etwas seltsam liest, wir können Euch beruhigen: Das Ergebnis – und damit meinen wir im Volt jeden einzelnen Gang – bietet Küchenkunst auf höchstem Niveau. Außerdem solltet Ihr zum Abschluss unbedingt noch einen Kaffee bestellen, denn dazu serviert das Volt eine süße Überraschung.

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Pelikan (Blekingegatan 40)

Wenn man ein Kölner Brauhaus nach Stockholm versetzen würde, es sähe vermutlich so aus wie das Pelikan. In dem großen Saal mit seinen alten Wandgemälden wird deftiges schwedisches Essen serviert. Gute Portionen, ehrlich, fettig, lecker. Es gibt Rentier mit Schweinebauch (!), Kalbsleber, Eintopf und natürlich die weltberühmten Fleischbällchen mit Kartoffelpüree. Das bei Touristen wie Einheimischen gleichermaßen beliebte Pelikan ist immer gut besucht und eine Reservierung daher dringend zu empfehlen. Andernfalls muss man sich auf längere Wartezeiten einstellen.

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 Östermalm Saluhall (Östermalmstorg 114)

Die vor Jahren komplett modenisierte Markthalle im Herzen von Östermalm mit ihren zahllosen Verkaufsständen und Restaurants, welche die ganze Breite der skandinavischen/europäischen Küche präsentieren, ist ein beliebter Treffpunkt für Einheimsiche wie Touristen. Dabei ist die Markthalle nicht so überlaufen wie ihr Pendant in Barcelona. Auch hier gibt es alles, was das Herz des Feinschmeckers begehrt. Angefangen bei einer großen Auswahl an frischen Meerestieren über Fleisch (Wild, Rentier) und Gemüse/Obst bis hin zu süßen Snacks und Desserts. Die Restaurants sind ab 11 Uhr geöffnet, die einzelnen Marktstände bereits ab 9 Uhr morgens.

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Bars & Drinks

 

Tjoget/Linje Tio (Hornsbruksgatan 24)

Wie versprochen kehren wir noch einmal ins Tjoget zurück. Der Grund dafür ist schnell erklärt: Hier gibt es die vielleicht besten Drinks und Cocktails der Stadt. Zumindest war die Bar im Tjoget (Linje Tjo) schon mehrfach unter den „World’s Best 50 Bars“ zu finden. Und selbst wenn man solchen Rankings eher misstrauisch gegenübersteht, sind alle Zweifel und Skepsis spätestens mit dem ersten Drink verschwunden. Neben der hochwertigen Spirituosenauswahl überzeugt das Linje Tio mit einer sehr kreativen Barkarte und vielen hauseigenen Cocktail-Kompositionen. Wie bei einer Bar auf diesem Niveau üblich, sind viele der Zutaten hausgemacht bzw. werden diese von der Barcrew noch zusätzlich verfeinert. Bereits die Gestaltung der Eiswürfel zeigt, wie viel Wert hier auf jedes Detail gelegt wird. Der White Negroni dürfte selbst erfahrenen Negroni-Trinkern noch höchstes Lob entlocken. Gleiches gilt für die anderen Drinks, die wir probiert haben. Die Präsentation jedes Drinks ist absolut stilvoll ohne falsche Show und Gimmicks. Teil der hochsympathischen Tjoget-Familie ist auch das Paradiso, in dem am Wochenende wechselnde DJs für die richtige Party-Stimmung sorgen. Dazu werden kreative Tiki-Drinks (meist auf Rum-Basis) gemixt.

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Mikkeller Bar (Brahegatan 3-5)

Eigentlich muss man die Craft-Beer-Pioniere von Mikkeller keinem Bier-Liebhaber mehr vorstellen. Die Dänen haben ihren globalen Siegeszug längst vollendet. Heutzutage gibt es Mikkeller-Filialen von Kopenhagen bis Los Angeles. Das Erfolgsrezept einer coolen Bier-Bar, die sich ganz bewusst von den verrauchten Kneipen und Kaschemmen absetzt, funktioniert natürlich auch in Stockholm. Aus ihrer dänischen Heimat haben Mikkeller nicht nur über 20 Biersorten sondern auch das weltbekannte Smørrebrød mitgebracht. Weil Trinken bekanntlich auch hungrig macht!

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Corner Club (Lilla Nygatan 16)

Manchmal haben wir Probleme, die Stimmung für einen Ort in die richtigen Worte zu verpacken. Das Gefühl, wenn man sich auf Anhieb wie zuhause fühlt, ist aber auch schwer auszudrücken. In dieser Cocktailbar in Stockholms Altstadt Gamla Stan fühlten wir uns sofort wie Zuhause oder – vielleicht besser ausgedrückt – wie bei guten Freunden. Das ist vor allem den großartigen Gastgeber-Qualitäten von Barchef James (gebürtig aus San Diego) und Aron zu verdanken. Im sehr touristischen Gamla Stan hätten wir ein solches Barjuwel zunächst kaum vermutet. Auf der Corner Club-Homepage ist zu lesen, dass man sich als „friendly neighborhood cocktail bar“ bezeichnet. Und das trifft es ziemlich gut. Die Cocktail-Karte bietet viele Eigenkreationen unterteilt in drei Rubriken (Stiff, Shaken und Long Drinks). Der Rum-basierte, mit Lavendel veredelte „Shook Ones Pt. II“ hat es bei der Frau auf die Liste ihrer absoluten Lieblingsdrinks geschafft. Im Rhythmus von einigen Wochen steht immer andere Zutat im Mittelpunkt der neuen Drinks. Bei unserem Besuch beschäftigten sich Aron und James gerade mit den Blättern der Pandan-Pflanze.

 

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A Bar Called Gemma (Grev Turegatan 30)

Obwohl Barchef Johan Evers sein kleines Cocktail-Paradies A Bar Called Gemma erst vor wenigen Monaten eröffnet hat, hat sich deren Existenz schon weit über die Stadt hinaus herumgesprochen. Wir können uns auch genau denken wieso. Denn Johan und sein Kollege Oscar Drigoris haben hier eine echte Wohlfühl-Cocktailbar erschaffen, die auf fantasievolle Drinks wie den „Banks of Monkey Island“ (ein Tiki-Cocktail serviert in einem Affenkopf), eine feine Klassiker-Auswahl und sehr viel Gastfreundschaft setzt. Hier sind zwei Mixologen hinter der Bar, die ihren Job mit echter Leidenschaft ausfüllen und nicht bloß Drinks nach Schema F mixen. Wir hoffen, dass sich A Bar Called Gemma mit diesem Konzept langfristig in Stockholm etablieren kann.

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