This Week’s NY Happenings: Manhattan Cocktail Classic, BBQ Blowout, The Pines

FRIDAY: The Cocktail Classic Shakes and Stirs Citywide
The fourth Manhattan Cocktail Classic drops this weekend, celebrating mixology across four boroughs, five nights, and dozens of venues. Catch a buzz and some knowledge as Middle Branch hosts an Ode to Eau, Booker and Dax show off techniques and technology, and Huckleberry Bar serves spirits made with Brooklyn pride. There’s plenty more on offer, including an Industry Invitational at the Andaz Fifth Avenue; get on the highball as tickets are going fast.

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic runs from Friday, May 17th through Tuesday, May 21st, at venues like Booker and Dax (207 Second Ave., East Village). To learn more about the bars, check out the listings in bold above at BlackBook Guides. Photo by Belathée Photography.

Greg Bresnitz and the Snacky Tunes crew return for another series of summer barbecues. This year’s inaugural blowout sees Brooklyn Brewery peeps serving Middle Eastern bites and Summer Ales at Good Co.

BBQ Blowout starts at 7pm, Tuesday, May 14th, at Good Co. (10 Hope St., Williamsburg). Advance tickets are $10 and include a beer and a plate of food. To learn more about Good Co., check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

SATURDAY: Beyond The Pines
Gowanus charmer (no, that’s not an oxymoron) The Pines puts their leafy backyard into play with a cider bar and a menu of outdoor exclusives. Look for the likes of cheese, clams, and Wagyu steaks grilled over a wood fire.

Backyard at The Pines (284 Third Ave., Gowanus) opens Saturday, May 18th. To learn more about The Pines, check out its listing at BlackBook Guides.

4 Out of 5: Greg Bresnitz on Brooklyn

Greg Bresnitz is cohost of weekly food & music radio show Snacky Tunes. He and his twin brother are the co-creators of Dinner with the Band and one of the djs in the disco house group PUNCHES.This is his take on four places he likes, and one place he doesn’t.


Blue Bottle Coffee – "My first introduction to the personalized cup of coffee, and I never looked back. Their Kyoto drip is straight rocket fuel, so I stick with the regular cup of coffee — one of the best I have ever had."

Maison Premiere – "Fell in love with this place this summer. The happy hour (Monday to Friday, 4-7pm) is dollar oysters on the entire menu. For people who want to expand their horizons, a really great way to start learning about oysters. Also some of the best-looking staff around."

Nitehawk Cinema – "The new digital movie theater/restaurant/bar. if you are the awkward type, you can get a good date out of this place with minimal talking. Get to the theater early for the well-curated 30 minutes of shorts before each movie."

Cameo – "One of my favorite Brooklyn venues. Perfect size and great vibes with one of the coolest art installations ever. Good spot to dance, especially after 2am."


Blue Bottle Coffee – "Do not go here on the weekends — the lines are so long, best to be enjoyed during the week."

[Photo: Sam Horine]