This Week’s NYC Happenings: Sea Witch, Family Recipe, Veg Food Festival

THURSDAY: NYC Beer Week Chugs Along
NYC Beer Week is underway, with 300 hopped-up events spread across the city. Catch choice pints at the Williamsburg Cask Beer Festival at d.b.a., Funky Jewbelation Thursday night at Barcade, and the Sunday afternoon closing bash at La Birreria. On Thursday night let one-buck oysters, DJ Teeth, and rare drafts from Smuttynose lure you to neighborhood fave Sea Witch in the South Slope.

Beer and oysters at Sea Witch (703 Fifth Ave., Park Slope) kick off at 7pm on Thursday the 28th. To learn more about the bar, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

WEDNESDAY: Sake Goodness
Chef Akiko Thurnauer has been turning out creative Japanese to rave reviews at Family Recipe for over a year now. This Wednesday, join two experts as they pair eight sakes with selections from the winter menu.

The Midwinter Sake Social at Family Recipe (231 Eldridge St., Lower East Side) runs from 8pm to 11pm Wednesday the 27th. Advance tickets are $48. To learn more about the restaurant, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

SATURDAY: Veg Out
Vegetarian cuisine has come a long way from mock fish and carrot bacon. Check out the fruits of the movement this weekend at the Vegetarian Food Festival, when the likes of The Butcher’s Daughter and Beyond Sushi join the third-annual event at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W. 18th St., Chelsea) starts 10am on both Saturday and Sunday, March 2nd and 3rd. General admission tickets are $5. To learn more about the event space, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

New York Opening: Two Bit’s Retro Arcade

Why shout incoherently at a home video game console when you could do it at a bar in front of other people? “Yeah, son,” “Fuck-fuck-fuck,” and “Yes, yes, fuckin’ no,” were some of the lines overheard recently at Two-Bit’s Retro Arcade, a viscerally satisfying bar with an ambiguously punctuated name on the Lower East Side.

The arcade hall isn’t all that long, but they didn’t waste space with superfluous games. They have all the classics: Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Tetris, Kung-Fu Heroes. Some guy was clearly an expert at Arkanoid, the brick-breaker game (“I have this on my phone, so…”). The five pinball machines in the back include an Avengers set and one for the show 24. Hydro Thunder and Cruis’n World make up the driving games, which are especially interesting after a couple drinks. Actually, most of this stuff is really interesting after a couple drinks.

The owner, Perry Douston, is a big oenophile, and they’ve got about a dozen wines available (a guy yelling “get that turtle” at a Frogger game had a glass of Riesling). The beer taps feature a handful of craft selections, but bottles and cans fit the vibe a little better—the linoleum floor seems designed for cheap beer spills. Alongside 40s of Colt 45 are tall cans of DAB, which the bartender described as the German version of Pabst. The wine geek owner then opened a can of Coors Light—nobody judges.

Over the course of two hours, at least one group of teenagers and two families got thrown out for thinking it was an open arcade. It’s not. You have to be over 21 to get in, and there’s no age maximum, though I didn’t spot anyone beyond their mid-30s. There were two women; one was the bartender.

Barcade’s planned expansion into Chelsea is set to come with refined pub food. Two-Bit’s is more on a hot dogs and candy level. Why get fussy? With over twenty games, it’s tempting to bounce around, but if you hope to get very far with anything, it’s best to pick your match early on. After a DAB and a half, I’d settled on Police Trainer, rising through the ranks of Patrolman and Sargent all the way to Detective. I know this is a sensitive subject, but it turns out I’m pretty good at shooting at the numbers one through sixteen, in order (Sargent Level). Fuck yeah, son.

Celebrating 15 Years of Founders Beer

Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co. is celebrating its 15th anniversary by tapping into some of their new, and hard to come by beers this week in New York. On Thursday you can hit up the Blind Tiger Ale House in the West Village or head to the Williasmsburg videogame joint Barcade to taste Founders’ commemorative brew, Bolt Cutter. The former also features 17 lines pouring Founders from 4pm until midnight, including Breakfast Stout, Red’s Rye IPA, and Dirty Bastard. 

If you miss that Founders extravaganza, or can’t get enough, on Friday they are hosting a party at Beer Authority in Midtown West from 7 to 10pm. Owner Mike Stevens will be there too, but before the festivities, I called him up to find out a little more about Founders, their unique craft beer, and 15 years of successful brewing. 

What did you do before you started Founders?
I was always the entrepreneurial type. I had, like four failed start-up business right out of college. I was home brewing, and at that point, and I started developing the plan for the brewery. It was my first successful job after college.

How did you get Founders going? 
Craft beer in the 1990s wasn’t a hot thing. Now it’s completely the reverse of that. But, when you are trying to carve a niche of your self in the mid 1990s, we had to be like everyone else, and at the time everyone was making a pale ale, an amber, and a wheat beer. Still, we plowed forward and eventually, we wanted to try and identify ourselves and find beers that were totally different than what the rest of the craft scene was doing. After a time, we faced bankruptcy so we figured if we were going to go bankrupt, we would do the bigger, bolder flavors that we did at home. We followed that thought and found a sub culture in the craft beer scene. We sold to a small market that was, and is, very passionate about what we are doing.

What beer started your success? 
Dirty Bastard, it’s the flagship, and it was the beer that saved the brewery. We are in conservative town and they said we couldn’t call it that, but to date, it’s our number two beer. Centennial IPA is the number one. 

Many of your beers have such a unique flavor profile, how do you come up with them? 
There are a handful of us that comprise a committee. We get together on a bi-weekly basis and discuses ideas for new beers. 

What are some of your more unique concoctions? 
Right now, Breakfast Stout is out as our seasonal, and I would say it’s one of those beers that put us on the creativity map. It’s double chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal stout that we have been brewing for 11 years. Devil Dancer is an obscenely hoppy, triple IPA that hits you up the head with a hop aroma. It’s about 13 percent so the malt character is extremely deep and full-flavored. Most of our beers tend to be heavy on the malt side, even if they are heavy on the hop. We tend to deliver more meatier, heavier, full-bodied beer. This one, Bolt Cutter, was a big one, and we brewed it to help us celebrate our 15th anniversary. 

Can you tell me more about it?
Bolt cutter is a limited, malty barley wine that was aged in maple bourbon barrels and runs 15 percent alcohol. Canadian Breakfast Stout uses these barrels too. These barrels came to be after a local maple syrup company contacted us and started putting the maple syrup into the bourbon barrels. When we got them back and put beer into it, the maple that had saturated the wood really came out in the flavor profile.

What about the All Day IPA? It’s such a brilliant concept.
Well, it’s only four percent and it was our most difficult beer to make. It took us about three years to perfect that recipe. The idea was, lets try and make a full-flavor, heavy on the aroma beer that was lighter on alcohol. We launched it last year, and already the sales indicate that it has the possibility to be the number one seller.

Do you have any favorite beers that aren’t your own?
I enjoy the whole, Belgian-style sours, and West Coast’s Green Flash. Swamp Head in Florida, they are doing some good stuff and in Colorado, the Dale’s Pale is exceptional ale.

A Little Slice of Florida, Interrupted

Since when is shuffleboard a game that threatens the community and brings the naysayers barking? Apparently, when it involves Gowanus, Brooklyn. The place being disputed is Royal Palms, a Florida-themed bar owned by Ashley Albert and Jonathan Schnapp, which has yet to open.

The original plan by the pair was to launch a space large enough for 500 revelers to play shuffleboard, drink, and be merry, but when they purposed their vision and applied for a liquor license, all hell broke loose. The Brooklyn Paper reported that neighbors began petitioning the opening and cited the owners’, “lack of experience running a large night life establishment,” as the reason. One resident told Brooklyn Paper that the presence of a huge club throws off the balance of the neighborhood and would overwhelm Gowanus.

It’s surprising people are up in arms about this. Already the area boosts a few venues like Littlefield, the Brooklyn Lyceum and the Bell House, and with all the space available in the neighborhood, you would think they would welcome a club that has games on a large scale. Yet, since they can’t get support from their community board and the neighbors, Schnapp and Albert have cut down the capacity to 300 and plan to add soundproofing before opening up in February.

In the mean time, there are still plenty of places in Brooklyn to get your game on. For example, the newly opened Greenwood Park and Union Hall, both have free bocce ball courts. You can play Skee-ball for free Tuesdays and Thursdays at Full Circle ($1 a game otherwise), and Barcade is the place to be for you old-school video game nerds. Finally, if you really want to get your Florida on, Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook has the right vibe and a whole mini-golf court too. 

Philadelphia Openings: Barcade, The Attic, Isabel, Jack Wills

Barcade (Fishtown) – Button mashers and beer lovers unite in one shabby-chic adult arcade. ● The Attic (East Falls) – Falls Taproom’s second-story bar fashioned as a Prohibition-style speakeasy. ● Isabel (Fairmount & Art Museum) – Fairmount’s hidden BYOBistro celebrates upscale Mexican fare by offering it at only $20 or less. ● Jack Wills (Rittenhouse Square) – Classic, old-school prep invades Rittenhouse, outfitting urbanites in posh and proper British fashions.

NYC: The Best Bars to Entertain Holiday Visitors

The holiday season means higher-than-usual tourist density in New York City, and naturally, that spike in traffic is due in no small part to your own eager friends and family, who descend on the city for an authentic, fairy-lighted experience of the Big Apple in winter. But after a day at Macy’s, an evening at Rockefeller Center, and a dinner somewhere “New York-y,” as per their request, where do you, their trusty tour guide by default, take them for a night on the town? Here are a few crowd-pleasers that will still earn you some street cred, whether that crowd involves your boyfriend’s distant Uncle Larry, Mom and Dad, long-lost friends who’ve emerged from the woodwork, hard-to-impress rubberneckers, or your old high school mates. A comprehensive list of the best yuletide boîtes to celebrate the new year – and the best of NYC.

Bars with Games Good For: Who doesn’t like to indulge in the nostalgia of old-school games, especially this time of year? Whether you’re with a raucous bunch of old friends, have a score to settle with your Mom over ping pong, or need to take the focus off a conversation with relatives you barely know, these bars offer distractions and can make for a festive time. Bar 675: Basement rec room goes for casual chic with Jenga, cards, and board games. Earn extra points from sceney friends, who will be thrilled to tell the folks back home that they hung out in the Meatpacking. The Diamond: Brooklyn bound? Beer makes shuffleboard so much more fun at this Greenpoint joint. SPiN: Table tennis for mom, and the fact that it’s owned by Susan Sarandon will appease cousin Name Drop as well. Barcade: Are your friends from the Midwest looking for “authentic Brooklyn?” Watch their wide-eyed wonder as they take in skinny-jean gangs playing thumb-cramping faves like Frogger and Tetris for an authentic 25¢ a pop. Ace Bar: Skee-Ball bar pleases the kiddies and anyone else who likes bare-bones décor sprinkled with bits of pop-trinket nostalgia from your childhood. V Bar: Siding with the gaming snobs of the world, this spot is best for your Princeton-alum brother (who happens to be a chess genius). Café and wine bar stocked with NYU grad students, chess and Scrabble battles, and a nice selection of beer and wine.

Next: Cozy Fireplaces

Cozy Fireplaces Good For: Catch up time with people who came to really enjoy holiday spirit in the city. Rose Bar: Have friends or family more interested in being around artists than actual art? For example: I once took someone here who fawned over what he thought was a Warhol (he read about it in a city guide) loud enough so that he was sure Neve Campbell, seated a table away, could hear. It was a Haring. Rubber-necking friends aside, the velvety banquettes and giant fireplace are a cozy departure from the winter weather courtesy of Ian Schrager and Julian Schnabel. The Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel: Wood paneling, stuffed animal trophies, and twin oils of hunting hounds give off an English-manor-library vibe. Can be a headache to get a good spot, which are usually reserved for “hotel guests,” monied travelers, and pretty hipsters. Try eating at Gemma first and brown nose your server for a spot by the fireplace. The Back Room: Semi-secret spot for those wishing it was still Prohibition. They’ll get a kick out of drinking their $11 cocktail from a mug. Employees Only: High-class weirdness, with a gypsy psychic at the door and stellar mixologists to determine your fate. The smell of the fireplace and the sight of all the handle bar mustaches will really transport your visitors. Highlands: Décor is pub-meets-hunter’s-lodge, with stuffed deer on brick walls and salvaged woods. Cozy, and it exacerbates that whole “New York Melting Pot” idea. Savoy: A townhouse in the middle of Soho with a fireplace as the festive cherry on top. Shoolbred’s: Scottish pub parlor warmed by actual fireplace. Ten brews on tap. Scotch, natch. It’s Highlands for the East Side set, with a low key (NYU students) crowd.

Next: The Oldest Bars in New York

The Oldest Bars in New York Good For: Skip these precious spots if you’re with a crew that couldn’t care less about anywhere that doesn’t have a VIP list. Otherwise, impress friends and family with the storied, often quirky backgrounds of some of New York’s oldest watering holes. Bridge Café: Opened in 1794, old but not musty. Looks like the site of a nautical murder mystery and is rumored to be haunted by ghosts of sailors and whores, like your parents’ bedroom. Ear Inn: Classic New York-on-the-waterfront feel, minus Marlon Brando, but with plenty of coulda-been contenders. I’ve seen a Soprano in here. McSorley’s: Born in 1854, and perhaps the most renown bar amongst the younger members of the Historical Society, this beer-chugging joint sees tanked fratboys, the cirrhosis crowd, and, after a court order, a few ladies (in other words: no women were allowed until 1970). Sawdusted floors, dust-encrusted wishbones, and loads of cats make this a very special place, indeed. Delmonico’s: Quenching your bloodthirst since ’37 -1837, that is – your parents will appreciate the air of refinement this joint still exudes, not to mention the supposed hauntings. Mahogany wood dining room with glowing chandeliers is the ideal noir-glam setting for steakhouse staples and a bustling bar separate from the dining room.

Next: Mixology Bars

Mixology Bars Good For: The mixology trend is widely known across all towns and townships, so let your slightly underage cousin Timmy learn firsthand just how delightful muddling, zesting, and spicing can be. Just about anyone who doesn’t limit themselves to wine coolers will appreciate the craftsmanship and ambiance. Apotheke: For those who want the back alley as much as they want the absinthe, welcome to Albert Trumer’s quirky school of cocktail science – this former opium den has been transformed into a medieval apothecary by the Austrian mixologist. Bonus: it’s in Chinatown. The interior is antique-sexy, with warm lighting and super-friendly bartenders. PDT: Oh, this is good. Through a hot dog joint you’ll go, and then through a phone booth, where you’ll have to say some secret something-or-other (though they’ve grown lenient in their older age) before you take your dumbfounded guests back to a room with a diagonal slat ceiling, de rigueur taxidermy, and a glowing bar. Note: Make a reservation earlier to get a good seat and smooth entry. Little Branch: By far the most talked-about speakeasy, this West Village spot boasts no signage unless you count the line out the door during peak hours. Retro cocktails served with cool swizzle sticks by tall drinks of water. Go on the early side of a Sunday night to chat up the mixologists and catch some jazz. Mayahuel: The cocktail connoisseurs at Death & Co. built an agave altar. Intimate confessionals, stained glass, and communal pews evoke a Mexican mission. All tequila, all the time, with all the bells and whistles to render previous tequila blow-outs null and void. Death & Co: Dark and polished, this cocktail den packs in a lively crowd. Bartenders in suspenders and vests serve up expert cocktails, and clearly love what they do (they don’t take of their vests when they get home). Great spot for just about anyone who can appreciate such a scene. Cienfuegos: Cuban rum bar from Mayahuel/Death & Co vet seduces with pink couches and sugarcane.

Next: Impressive Hotel Bars

Impressive Hotel Bars Good For: If your guests really “wanna see stuff,” like mine usually do, guiding them to impressively-designed hotel bars around NYC—usually the crown jewels of the hotels themselves—will go over well. Here are a few that leave a lasting impression. Bemelmans Bar: It’s classic New Yawk! Located inside the Carlyle, this timeless upscale New York City bar near Central Park draws bold-faced names, many of whom your out-of-towners could care less about. They will enjoy the classic cocktails and gilded ambiance. Hudson Bar at Hudson Hotel: If your guests approach things like rock music, sushi, and democrats with trepidation, this bar on acid may not be the place for them. Shrek-green lights illuminate the escalator, there’s a chandelier the size of a Volkswagen, the floors glow, the chairs seem to float—except for the tree stumps—and the whole thing makes you feel like you’re living in 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s that cool. The Waldorf Astoria: Ah, the sprawling impressiveness of the Waldorf – the stuff salads are named after! Three bars, four restaurants, and Jazz Age overindulgence. A certain spirit abides, especially during the holidays. Jane Hotel and Ballroom: This place is for your visiting sorority sisters – leave the parents at home. Dual bar spaces decked out with Edwardian charm, as befits the hotel’s 1908 origins. Posh couches, leafy palms, tortoise shell ceilings, and an ancient disco bar all made better by the creatively-dressed PYTs. Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge at the Gansevoort Park: This hotel bar sort of looks like the New York in the Sex and the City movies. It’s slick and arty, with shinning angles and scrumptious views of the Empire State Building. Stoke your vertigo with windows in the terrace floors that look straight down on distant midtown traffic. Your guests will feel so very modern. The Standard Hotel: So this is the place with all the naked people? Depending who you’re with, I’d say a stroll around the grounds with a stop at the bar in the hotel’s Standard Grill will be enough. Unless you’ve got some young model/socialite family members, why waste family time on rubbernecking at Boom Boom? The Ace Hotel: It has a curious cheeky quality to it without being a tourist magnet. The Lobby Bar is reminiscent of an all-American library, with Ivy League reading-room tables, a bar serving up Old Fashioneds and the cult favorite Porkslap Pale Ale, a vintage-style photobooth, and a massive, tattered American flag on the wall. Bring people—not sheeple.

Next: Editor’s Picks

Editor’s Picks Our editors are often tasked with selecting the perfect place for their cousin Sarah’s college roommate’s mother, who’s coming to the city for the first time. Here’s where they like to bring their special holiday guests this time of year. Chris Mohney: Pegu Club. Great place to take any out-of-towner who likes a good drink. Still some of the finest cocktails in the city, and now that it’s been around a while, almost always chill enough to easily find a spot without worrying about crowds. Ben Barna: Fatty Cue. It’s good for anyone, really. Except maybe vegetarians. It’s got the kind of vibe you can only find in Brooklyn, and the kind of unique cuisine you’ll only find in New York. Also, it’s a restaurant meant for sharing, so that’s fun. And the drinks are as good as the food. I’d like to just bring my bros, but it’s expensive, so I take my parents as well. Megan Conway: The Good Fork in Red Hook. I’d like to take my parents to visit this historic, less-trodden waterfront neighborhood. This cozy restaurant offers inspired grub in one of the more unique pockets of the city. Nadeska Alexis: The Dove. It’s a well rounded place that’s chill enough for friends, and I’ve been there with adults and have not been embarrassed. Fun cocktails too. Victor Ozols: Rudy’s. It’s a really lasting, authentic experience that stays with someone. Cayte Grieve: Oyster Bar at Grand Central. For New York newbies and friends and family who haven’t spent a lot of time in the city, the Oyster Bar is one of those bars-slash-attractions that sort of kills two birds with one stone. Grand Central? Check. Getting Grandma drunk? Check. All done with old-style glamour.

Next: Around Rockefeller

Around Rockefeller Good For: Sometimes you just gotta give the people what they want: A Disney-fied version of the most wonderfully commercial time of the year! While your skating, shopping, and taking photos around The Tree, you might as well ease your sensory-overloaded nerves with some family vodka time. Rock Center Café: Tourist magnet, priced accordingly, and you will wait accordingly—yes, even the early birds. Perhaps it’s best to skip the food and opt for a toast instead. Perfect before, during, or after a spin around the rink. Watching wipe-outs with the fam never felt so corporate. The Modern: Danny Meyer’s unabashed flamboyance for air-kissing culture whores. It’s at the MoMa, kids, so take only those who desire such a scene. If you’ve got yourself a crew outfitted in suits and ties longing for a culture cocktail, here’s your promised land. 21 Club: It’s so famous! Free parking if you show up before 6:30pm, if that tells you something about the demographic, but only the locals and culture snobs will take note. Skip the steaks and head for the scotch with the people who’ve read about the place or heard about it in hip-hop songs. Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe: Here’s a cozy place to get warm after running with the masses around Rockefeller. Please remember that other people longing for a night cap will also be directed to this wine bar, which boasts over fifty well-chosen wines by the glass and 2,000 bottle choices on the menu.

BlackBook Staff Picks: Dining, Drinking, Shopping, & Staying

Here at BlackBook, we pay a lot of attention to where cool customers go out — bars, clubs, restaurants, shops, hotels, you name it. So why not flip the frame and let you see where we go out? Here’s a periodically updated, exhaustive list of hotspots currently favored by everyone at BlackBook, from the mighty bosses down to the humble interns, from the charming local lounges around the corner to the jet-setting temples of luxe living.

BLACKBOOK MEDIA CORP ● Chairman – Bob Hoff, Voyeur (LA) ● CEO – Ari Horowitz, W South Beach (Miami) ● Associate Publisher – Brett Wagner, Da Umberto (NYC) ● Director of Finance and Operations – Tim Umstead, Aquagrill (NYC) ● Corporate Counsel – Drew Patrick, El Ay Si (NYC) ● Executive Assistant – Bridgette Bek, Manhattan Inn (NYC)

EDITORIAL ● Creative Director – Jason Daniels, Morimoto (NYC) ● Vice President Content – Chris Mohney, This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef (NYC) ● Senior Editor – Nick Haramis, Freemans (NYC) ● Features Editor – Willa Paskin, The Sackett (NYC) ● Writer-at-Large – Alison Powell, Jean Philippe Patisserie (Las Vegas) ● Nightlife Correspondent – Steve Lewis, subMercer (NYC) ● Assistant Editors – Ben Barna, LeVack Block (Toronto), Cayte Grieve, Vince (NYC), Foster Ethan Kamer, Sel De Mer (NYC), Eiseley Tauginas, Maialino (NYC) ● Copy Editor – Michèle Filon, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink (Miami) ● Editorial Interns – Megan LaBruna, Crash Mansion (NYC), Averie Timm, Madiba (NYC), Hillary Weston, Les Halles (NYC), Annie Werner, DBGB (NYC), Ashley Simpson, Barcade (NYC), Michael Jordan, Destination Bar & Grill (NYC)

ART ● Art Director – Amy Steinhauser, Union Pool (NYC) ● Assistant Designer – Serra Semi, Five Points (NYC) ● Photography Assistant – Stephanie Swanicke, Provocateur (NYC) ● Freelance Designer – Krista Quick, Fornino (NYC)

FASHION & BEAUTY ● Fashion Editor – Christopher Campbell, Grand Sichuan International (NYC) ● Fashion Interns – Jillian K. Aurrichio, Greenhouse (NYC), Anabele Netter, Il Buco (NYC), Nicole Applewhite, Vanilla Bake Shop (NYC), Deanna Clevesy, Tao (NYC)

ADVERTISING ● Senior Account Executive – Dina Matar, Blue Duck Tavern (Washington, DC) ● Executive Director, BlackBook Access – Gregg Berger, Charles (NYC) ● Advertising Director – Michelle Koruda, Supper (NYC) ● Detroit Account Executives – Jeff Hannigan, The Lodge (Chicago), Kristen von Bernthal, Pukk (NYC) ● Midwest Account Executives – Susan Welter, Old Town Social (Chicago), Andrea Forrester, Tuman’s (Chicago) ● Southwest Account Executive – Molly Ballantine, The Tar Pit (LA) ● Northwest Account Executives – Catherine Hurley, Flora (Oakland), Shawn O’Meara, Nopalito (San Francisco)

MARKETING ● Marketing Manager – Julie Fabricant, Eponymy (NYC) ● Partnerships & Promotions Manager – Andrew Berman, Bozu (NYC) ● Interns – Adam Meshekow, Ronnybrook Milk Bar (NYC), Kayla Gambino, Grom (NYC), Marie Baginski, Stir (NYC)

DIGITAL ● Director of Development – Daniel Murphy, Standard (Miami) ● Developer – Bastian Kuberek, Greenhouse (NYC) ● Developer – Dan Simon, Hudson Terrace (NYC) ● Designer – Matt Strmiska, Uchi (Austin) ● Developer – Sam Withrow, Phone Booth (San Francisco) ● Quality Assurance Engineer – Sunde Johnson, Ginger’s Bar (NYC) ● Mobile Developer – Otto Toth, Alloro (NYC)