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The Hellfire Club, a special themed cocktail created exclusively for New York Comic Con by bartender Noble Harris, is available starting today at the District Tap House, just blocks from the Javits Center! It’s made from barrel-aged Boulevardier with Blood Orange & Hellfire Bitters garnished with a smoked pepper and served on the rocks.

Anyone who shows an NYCC badge gets one for only nine bucks!

DISTRICT TAP HOUSE

246 W 38th St.

Between 7th & 8th Ave.

New York, NY 10018

212-221-1822

http://www.districttaphouse.com

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The John Dory Oyster Bar, NYC

Hadn’t been back to April Bloomfield’s John Dory Oyster Bar in while and was thrilled to be invited there for a business dinner on Monday. Amazing as always!!

East Coast oysters…

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The reason I always go back… the whelks!!!

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They’re so good, April should just change the name of the restaurant to the John Dory Whelk Bar…

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Carte da Musica…

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With bottarga and chili…

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Oyster pan roast with uni butter crostini…

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Housemade burrata with squash rings…

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One of my new favorites, the Arctic char salad with crispy skin and artichokes…

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Chorizo stuffed squid…

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Some of the best seafood dishes in NYC!!

THE JOHN DORY OYSTER BAR

Inside the Ace Hotel

1196 Broadway

New York, NY 10001

212-792-9000

http://thejohndory.com

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The Vig at District Tap House, NYC

The District Tap House opened up earlier this year. On Super Bowl Sunday, in fact. Only one block from my house. With over 50 craft beers on tap, it quickly became one of my locals. I drink there quite a bit. It’s a comfortable space with a good vibe and a friendly, knowledgeable staff.

However, there’s always room for improvement, as they say, and the District Tap House recently decided to up their game. Just last week they launched a new food and beverage program created by Noble “I’m not a Mixologist, I’m a Bartender” Harris and Chef Harrison Mosher, formerly of Alta in the West Village.

The main focus of the upgrade is to “The Vig”, their former backroom, which has been transformed from a private party space to an upscale cocktail bar…

Noble has come up with a unique array of alcoholic indulgences featuring barrel-aged cocktails, cocktails on tap and flavored ice cubes that pair perfectly with Chef Mosher’s new signature menu. Here’s a look at the magic DTH’s new dynamic duo are making together…

I started with one of Noble’s new cocktails, the Bitter Bean, made with Holland Gin, Aperol, vanilla syrup and grapefruit…

The District Wings, which are confited then fried for extra crispiness, glazed with lime and agave…

Next, I went with one their Featured Fall Cocktails, the Garden Fizz, which starts with a lemonade & thyme ice cube…

Then gin, Brooklyn honey, lemon, rosemary and soda are added…

Crispy Brussels sprouts with Granny Smith apples, pistachios, pistachio oil and creme fraiche…

Smoked trout stuffed grape leaves with dill yogurt and paprika…

Crispy crushed fingerling potatoes with horseradish sauce…

The Fall Old-Fashioned, with bourbon, brown sugar and rhubarb bitters with a green apple & ginger ice cube…

My favorite dish on their new menu, the shrimp & chorizo skewer with avocado…

The hanger steak skewer with marinated artichokes and fresh flat bread…

The Aviation, made with gin, maraschino, lemon and Creme de Violette…

And the District Burger with bacon and Fontina to close out the night!

Noble told us how he wants the District Tap House to become the perfect neighborhood bar for the local community, which for me, it already was.

Now it’s even better.

DISTRICT TAP HOUSE

246 W 38th St.

Between 7th & 8th Ave.

New York, NY 10018

212-221-1822

http://www.districttaphouse.com

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Hakata Tonton, NYC

While Hakata Tonton in the West Village is one of my favorite spots to sit down for a casual, authentic Japanese meal, it’s also a great place to grub on some late night snacks if you’re in the area…

Shrimp tempura and grilled foie gras “sushi”…

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Kanpachi sashimi…

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My favorite dish, their grilled pork cheeks…

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Surf clam with chili oil…

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Grilled pork belly…

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And another order of pork cheeks for good measure…

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Tonton tends to be pretty packed, even late night, but sometimes you can walk in and get lucky and score a seat at their counter. Always better to call ahead though…

HAKATA TONTON

61 Grove St., NYC

212-242-3699

http://www.tontonnyc.com/

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Black Iron Burger & Beer, NYC

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New York City’s newest burger joint just opened up right down the street from my apartment and I was feeling well enough today to venture outside for lunch. Here’s a look…

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We went with their house burger, the Black Iron Burger, two 4oz. all natural American beef patties topped with horseradish cheddar, stout caramelized grilled onions and their special horseradish mayo on a toasted brioche…

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I just naturally figured the burger would come with lettuce, tomato and onion, but it didn’t, which is a mistake, in my opinion…

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This was a DAMN GOOD BURGER! But the blend of the horseradish cheese AND horseradish mayo was a little too overpowering, in both spiciness and creaminess, and some raw vegetables would have really helped cut through all that nicely. Plus, the double layers of meat, cheese and onions got to be kind of one-note in texture, and every burger needs some kind of crunch, which some crisp lettuce would have provided beautifully.

That said, I was really impressed by what was between the buns and on the plate here. Black Iron Burger is off to an impressive start! I’ll definitely be heading back!!

BLACK IRON BURGER & BEER

245 W. 38th St.

NY, NY 10018

212-677-6077

http://blackironburger.com

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