Ramona - Wine & Spirits Magazine


Make a stop at Ramona, from brother duo Scott and Jason Schneider, of Manhattan’s East Village Elsa, on a long neglected Greenpoint stretch of pavement. The two-story space was designed by hOmE, the neighborhood based firm specializing in reclaimed materials. It’s decorated along a sliding black and white scale, with plenty of room for mingling and flirting. Settle into a barstool at the long white marble bar to peruse the list of market driven cocktails. Try the Boxer, Beetle, a reference to the story by British novelist Ned Beauman, with Elsa’s (house-made) rose hip grenadine, blackberry Bourbon, allspice dram, with brightening lemon and a fresh rosemary sprig. Or An Arm Above the Last Wave, with an incongruous sounding list of ingredients that includes roasted cacao, apple brandy and green chartreuse.

This review appears in the print edition of the April 2014 issue.
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Caitlin Griffith knew her future career would entail food and drink when, at the age of six, she munched an anchovy from her father’s Caesar salad thinking it as a small strip of bacon—and was more than pleasantly surprised. While enrolled in New York University’s Food Studies program, she learned the secrets of affinage in the caves of Murray’s Cheese.

This story appears in the print issue of April 2014.
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