Best Sangria in NYC

As I was enjoying a nice glass of red sangria with my closest girlfriends last night I was thinking it would be nice to compile a comprehesive list of all of the best Sangria places in NYC.  It is getting warmer, spring is here and summer is just hours away, who doesn’t like to sit outside and enjoy a refreshing glass of ice cold sangria filled with luscious fruit!  But before getting into it.. here is a great recipe to use for your next summer bbq!

Make Your Own Sangria (Courtesy of Mr. Bobby Flay from Food Network)

2 bottles red Spanish table wine
1 cup brandy
1/2 cup triple sec
1 cup orange juice
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 cup simple syrup, or more to taste (equal parts sugar and water, heated until sugar dissolves, cooled)
Orange slices
Apple slices
Pomegranate seeds
Mix all ingredients together and let stand in a
tightly sealed container or pitcher for at least 24 hours in the refrigerator before serving.

Best Sangria in NYC:

Calle Ocho (446 Columbus Ave) – All you can drink Sanrgria special with brunch on the weekends.  Over 10 different types to choose from… Delish but beware, you may have to cancel all plans for the rest of the day!

Pipa Tapas Bar (38 East 19th Street) – Beautiful chandeliers surround you while you sip on your glass or pitcher of red or white Sangria with friends – Gets rowdy! They chop their fruit up to be bite size which I like.

Flor De Sol (361 Greenwich Street) - Monday nights $10 sangria; they offer amazing Sangria options – Red, White, Champagne, White with Strawberries, and if you need a real pick me up, White w/ Banana and Red Bull!

El Charro (4 Charles St.) – An extremely authentic experience with great pitchers of Sangria

Oliva (161 E Houston St between East Houston St & Chrystie St) – Wednesday’s Happy Hour 5:30 – 8pm.  They pour and pour and pour all night long while listening to a live Jazz band!

Boqueria (two locations; Flatiron & Soho) – Amazing Sangria!  Also have a great sherry selection!

Alta (64 West 10th Street) – Must try Alta’s ‘non-traditional’ Sangria.. “What makes it so good? We could tell you, but we’d have to kill you…”

Las Ramblas (170 West 4th Street) – You can enjoy either in a chilled glass or by the pitcher with lots of great LARGE fruit!  Delish.

Tapas and Sherry – A Love Story…

Let’s praise Spain and Sherry for inventing one of the most raved about food concepts in the US and even specifically NYC – Tapas! Way back when in Andalusian, Spain, after a hard days work men would go out to taverns and order something to take the edge off – drink of choice, Sherry.  Since sherry is so sweet, it would attract fruit flies which as you can image was problematic and clearly annoying.  So, bartenders/owners began to serve their sherry with a piece of bread that hovered over the glass to prevent the fruit flies from attacking.  Then to top that, meat was also served, as it triggers thirst, thus creating more business for the taverns.  Then in lieu of competition, other restaurants started to embrace the positive feedback and trend, enough to start to offer a variety of other small snacks and plates to go along with the sherry which increased customers and alcohol sales.

Of course, gratefully this concept caught on and spiralled out of control and now there are numerous tapas restaurants all over the world… Too many to count in NYC however, one of my favorites is ALTA!

Here are some great sherries to impress your friends with when you are entertaining… for a great price too! Remember, they last a very long time so it’s ok to spend a little extra on a great Sherry!

Jerez, Matusalem Oloroso Dulce Muy Viejo, G. Byass – Retails $66 - Tastes of hazelnut, really mature fruit of prunes and figs. Very delicious and sweet

Bodegas Dios Baco Jerez-Xeres-Sherry Oloroso – Retails $24.00 – Similar in taste with the above however has a spicier finish

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