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Ask anyone who's been to Sunny's in Red Hook to define the bar, and they'll come up with a host of different answers: A bar. An institution. A destination. A relic. It isn't easy to find just one word to entirely capture the establishment's character and lasting impact, but most people come around to this truth about the spot: Sunny's is special. For decades, Sunny's has operated as a local-favorite watering hole, but it's...
In October 2012, Bridget Firtle was working alone at her East Williamsburg distillery, The Noble Experiment, emptying stills and filling bottles—solo. She was producing the first run of her Owney's Original, a white rum the New York native had spent a year and a half researching and developing and then eight more weeks perfecting—again, alone. She was, as some have described her, a one-woman rum distillery. Though, now, Firtle doesn't seem to linger much on...
It may be early on a Saturday night, but Leyenda, one of the newest additions to Smith Street's row of restaurants and bars, is bustling. Bar stools have long been claimed, and tables are well on their way to full. Every few minutes, a fresh group of patrons step through the door, and Ivy Mix, playing host tonight instead of bartender, breezes over and whisks them to seats. Leyenda is busy, I tell her--but...
Have you ever wondered what life is like for those kind and patient people pouring shots behind the bar? This summer we’re bringing you a meet and greet with some of your favorite faces behind the bar at your favorite haunts. After the jump, Ryan Flynn from the Knitting Factory talks his biggest customer pet peeves, secrets from the Knitting Factory, and his favorite drink to make (hint: it involves a body part in...

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