Fading sign, Lower East Side

Fading sign, Lower East Side

Williamsburg Bridge half in darkness during the blackout after Hurricane Sandy. In a piece of good news I heard that my neighbors in my old building in the East Village still have hot water somehow! See bigger

Williamsburg Bridge half in darkness during the blackout after Hurricane Sandy. In a piece of good news I heard that my neighbors in my old building in the East Village still have hot water somehow! See bigger

Dark City. View of Lower East Side, downtown and 1 WTC during the blackout in Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy. It’s eerie to see usually-twinkly Manhattan so dark.

Dark City. View of Lower East Side, downtown and 1 WTC during the blackout in Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy. It’s eerie to see usually-twinkly Manhattan so dark.

Noblesse Oblige at Experimental Cocktail Club: cognac, quinquina, sherry, mezcal, mole Bitters, and orange oil. It sounds like a hot mess but it was really well-balanced and tasty. Full Review

Noblesse Oblige at Experimental Cocktail Club: cognac, quinquina, sherry, mezcal, mole Bitters, and orange oil. It sounds like a hot mess but it was really well-balanced and tasty. Full Review

Thrice-cooked bacon with rice cakes, tofu skin, bitter melon and chili oil at Mission Chinese. Full Review

Thrice-cooked bacon with rice cakes, tofu skin, bitter melon and chili oil at Mission Chinese. Full Review

Smashed cucumbers with salted chili, sesame paste, and garlic at Mission Chinese. Full review

Smashed cucumbers with salted chili, sesame paste, and garlic at Mission Chinese. Full review

Goose Island MatildaThis is all I want to drink right now. Matilda is a Belgian pale ale and tastes just a bit sweet, with honey notes perfectly balanced by mild hops and spicy cloves. It’s well-rounded, but has a saison-like dryness. It was supposedly modeled after Orval, so now I’m on the hunt for that. Matilda is available on tap at Top Hops Beer Shop.

Goose Island Matilda

This is all I want to drink right now. Matilda is a Belgian pale ale and tastes just a bit sweet, with honey notes perfectly balanced by mild hops and spicy cloves. It’s well-rounded, but has a saison-like dryness. It was supposedly modeled after Orval, so now I’m on the hunt for that. Matilda is available on tap at Top Hops Beer Shop.

A demonstration of the Lowline, which aims to be the world’s first underground park. Sunlight captured by solar panels on the roof is beamed indoors and distributed over a mossy hill housed in a pitch-black warehouse. Full post

A demonstration of the Lowline, which aims to be the world’s first underground park. Sunlight captured by solar panels on the roof is beamed indoors and distributed over a mossy hill housed in a pitch-black warehouse. Full post

This is the Kinkakuji, the most complicated cocktail on the menu at Experimental Cocktail Club. It takes three days to make and has Yamazaki Whiskey, Batavia Arrack, Plantain Trinidad Rum, pineapple, clarified milk, coconut water, “Japanese 8 Spices,” and green tea. Good, but surprisingly straight-up rum punchy. The Valhalla Rising and Curious Prescription cocktails were both amazing though. (Taken with Instagram at Experimental Cocktail Club)

This is the Kinkakuji, the most complicated cocktail on the menu at Experimental Cocktail Club. It takes three days to make and has Yamazaki Whiskey, Batavia Arrack, Plantain Trinidad Rum, pineapple, clarified milk, coconut water, “Japanese 8 Spices,” and green tea. Good, but surprisingly straight-up rum punchy. The Valhalla Rising and Curious Prescription cocktails were both amazing though. (Taken with Instagram at Experimental Cocktail Club)

Recreating the paper plane, a cocktail I had at Milk & Honey in the Lower East Side.

Recreating the paper plane, a cocktail I had at Milk & Honey in the Lower East Side.