The Pour.

I’m usually looking out for a delicious, well priced wine to buy and consume in quantities.  I bet you are, too.  Here’s a super solid tip for you: get Red Hook Winery‘s light and summery rose.

I was skeptical (a winery based in Brooklyn?) but it’s backed by the dudes behind the Scholium Project and Robert Foley, and those guys seriously know their grapes.  We’ve been slugging this delicious and easy-drinking rose since May (they sell it at Smith & Vine) and at only $12 a bottle, you can make an every day (I mean, uh, night) treat.

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We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Closing gift. Canasta de la edición.

Despana at 410 Broome Street in Soho is a whole pile of Spain wrapped up into one!  Well, actually four.  We first discovered their food shop and tapas cafe a couple of years ago when we switched offices.  The food shop has a ridiculous selection of meats, cheeses, breads, olive oils, vinegars, olives and more.  Their tortilla bocadillos at the cafe are craveable and everything from the salads to soups to pintxos are made fresh daily.  Next door is their wine shop which has the largest selection of Spanish wines this side of the Atlantic and the most amazingly friendly staff to go with them.  If that’s not enough, they have a chorizo factory in Queens!  They have been making and distributing the spicy links there since 1971.  In short, this place is pretty incredible.  We got this gift basket for a chef client of ours who loves to entertain.  The folks at our revered Despana did a fantastic job of customizing it.  Thank you!

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Closing Gift. Book & Wine Edition.

Buying a home is an emotional roller coaster and some serious relaxing is paramount after you’re closed and moved in. One way to relax is with a great new coffee table book and a fabulous glass of wine.

For these buyers who love food and America, we found this phenomenal book showcasing classic American menu design at the Taschen Store at 107 Greene Street in Soho. They have an amazing collection of beautifully designed books on art, architecture, food, photography, and sex.  Go get lost there for an hour and spend some money.

And for something special in the wine department, go to Chambers Street Wines at 148 Chambers Street in Tribeca.  They have an incredible selection of old, rare, and dusty vintages.  Their collection is curated from wine enthusiast from all over the world.  This time we went for the 1990 Dominus Estate Cabernet.  Voluptuous, multi-dimensional and magical.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

On the road. Cutchogue.

We took advantage of the long weekend and rented a house in Cutchogue, out on the North Fork of Long Island. It was just off Nassau Point Road nestled on an inlet from Little Peconic Bay (map.)  There’s no real “scene” on the North Fork, and this is one of the things we enjoy about it.  If you enjoy wine and touring gorgeous vineyards, though, you’ve got tons of options (favorites: Shinn, Paumanok, Jamesport, Bedell, Corey Creek) and they are totally family friendly.  Eve had a ball romping in the grass while Courtney and I sipped.

We also like to cook and grill at home, and there’s tens of dozens of local farm stands offering fresh and local produce, flowers, eggs, beef, and anything else you could imagine.  We made a morning out of driving around and picking up spectacular stuff – right now, the strawberries and asparagus are in season and they are insanely good.

The beaches there are really pretty and clean, and because we were on the bay side the waters were smooth and cool and perfect for a 21 month old to explore.  All in all, it’s a terrific nearby getaway with the kid.  Also conducive to getting back to feeling like a kid yourself.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.