Food + Drink

‘Hey, Bartender!’ Death & Co.’s David Kaplan and Alex Day

Don’t call them bartenders. Bartenders walk away from shifts at the end of the night, pockets stuffed with tips and a couple of numbers scribbled on napkins in their pockets. For Alex Day and David Kaplan, the masterminds behind New York City-based cocktail lounges Death & Co., Nitecap, and...

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Trick or Treat! Our Guide to the Best Sweets in NYC

Growing up, every Halloween meant a bountiful, pillow-stuffed harvest of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Butterfingers, and (the thoroughly lamented, since our parents deemed them potentially dangerous and therefore inedible) homemade Rice Krispies treat. After fleecing the neighborhood, my brother and I would sit on the floor of our living...

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The Rainbow Room: Past and Future

Before 30 Rock became culturally intertwined with Tina Fey’s hilarious sitcom exploits, it was—less colloquially—30 Rockefeller Plaza, in possession of its own associations, living in inextricable relation to its founders, a name synonymous with opulence, wealth, and American industry. Financed solely by the Rockefeller family at the dawn of...

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Barney’s Beanery: Then and Now

I first moved to LA in 2000, hightailing it from Boston across the country in a purple minivan with my best friend Kate. We landed in West Hollywood because we’d meant to move to San Francisco but ran out of cash, and maybe there were a couple of boys...

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Day-Drinking with Decorum

The day-drink is one of our most maligned traditions, degraded by tailgaters and brunching bros from the decadent artists’ paradise it once was. Hemingway’s most beautifully descriptive scenes are of freely flowing sherry on a Spanish afternoon in The Sun Also Rises. Look closely at Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe and you’ll see...

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