PLAN DATE: FRI / NOV. 2
One of our favorite parts about fall is enjoying the myriad ways we can consume cider. Apple cider. Cider donuts. And especially cider beer. That’s why we wait with bated breath every year for Cider Week to come around—and the good times officially begin today through November 11th. Originally launched in 2010, Cider Week is all about cultivating an appreciation for New York’s orchard-based cider by showcasing its diversity, food-friendliness, and excellent quality. There are tons of New York businesses participating, but we decided to make a cider crawl of our own from the Lower East Side up through the East Village.
First stop: Randolph Beer Nolita. They’re all about the seasonal brews here, so naturally, they’re going to highlight some excellent ciders. We have our eye on the Saison Reserve Cider described as semi-dry, spicy, and slightly tart.
Next, walk up to Fools Gold, a really cool pub from the people behind The Jeffrey. A craft beer and American whiskey bar, the vibe here could be described as industrial meets vintage. What really sets them apart? Their custom-designed temperature-controlled tap system that rotates 30 local and international craft beers. We like the sound of Citizen Cider’s The Dirty Mayor, a sweet cider made with ginger and a touch of lemon.
Your last stop will be Huertas, a Spanish eatery that has both a traditional-feeling dining room and a lively front bar. Definitely order the Huertas x Shacksbury Collaboration Cider.
And to all our Brooklyn-based couples, the official launch party for Cider Week is tonight at Bad Seed Brooklyn in Crown Heights, featuring guest ciders from Graft Cider, Diner Brew Co., Naked Flock, Embark Craft Ciderworks, and tons more. Admission is free and the cash bar is open from 6 p.m.-1 a.m.
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Randolph Beer Nolita
343 Broome Street, Manhattan
idk tip: If you want to start this cider crawl with some food in your stomach, Randolph Beer is a great place to do it. Check out their menu here.
145 East Houston Street, Manhattan
idk tip: If it’s chilly out, ask the staff for a recommendation on one of their delicious hot drinks.
107 1st Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: Order a bunch of the small plates and split. That’s the name of the game here.