There’s no shortage of indie markets in New York to satisfy any handicraft/artisanal/homemade needs you might have. We’ve got #MadeinBrooklyn affairs like the Maker’s Market and plenty of hungry-foodie fleas such as the Gansevoort Market and the newly restored Essex Street Market. Of course there are the good old seasonal-standbys– Brooklyn Flea and the Renegade Craft Fair– which often feature hundreds of vendors and can make you forget you’re at a mini-bizz event and feel more like a giant mall (with cooler stuff, granted).
But what if you’re looking for something a bit more personal, and just chill?
Le Verre Volé in Paris (Photo: Courtesy of Le Verre Volé/Facebook)
Still planning your Parisian summer getaway? You’re just tying up some loose strings before you can split town, right? Something something about misplacing your suitcase again, huh? Yeah, us too. Even if you’re sending out one more search party for your passport holder (never leave home without it!) and are pretty sure you’ll find it eventually– relax, stop making excuses and let Paris come to you!
Name an obscure, long-forgotten spirit, and you can bet your next round of shots on the certainty that somewhere in New York there’s a specialty bar that slings it. Mezcal? Yawn, that’s amateur stuff. AGWA? There’s a Korean joint that’s got it. Raki? Your friend who did a semester abroad brought you back a bottle from Istanbul in 2010. But what about mead? No, this isn’t some Game of Thrones theme bar slinging the honey brew in stone mugs. Instead, Bushwick-based Enlightenment Wines, which soft opened last month, aims to cultivate an appreciation for the oft-forgotten art of making the beverage, which has roots that reach as far back as 6500 BC. Enlightenment Wines and its accompanying bar and tasting room Honey’s specializes in both traditional meads and updated modern cocktails, all with a focus on local ingredients and production methods.