Archive for October, 2011

Greenwich Village 39th Annual Halloween Parade

Nerdiest halloween costume ever? Brian Moore/Mark Svartz’s Google Street Boo. An interactive costume paying homage to Google Street View, complete with a map tracker and live streaming video of New York City’s 39 Annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. And props to the boys for Post Road Pumpkin Ale consumption in the video below.

Apparently the streets will be flooded with zombies of all sorts this evening. Any of you Walking Dead fans? After last night’s episode, just like after every episode we (wife) discuss what our survival strategy to live in a zombie apocalypse world would be. And to be clear, it’s every man for himself – vows, shmows. It’s good to have these difficult conversations sooner in the relationship than later.

Chef is taking tonight off – so lots of raw bar with plenty of beer and wine. Starting at 5pm this evening we will be running $1.50 oyster specials all night long (well at least until we run out). Oh and if you see any good oyster costumes, please send pix our way.

See you upstate!

 

 

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October 31st, 2011 at 3:01 pm

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Happy Halloween

Spent the morning baking whiskey cakes during the snow storm. Interesting way to start off the Halloween weekend. We are donating cakes for Theater For The New City’s annual Village Halloween Costume Ball. But not to worry, still made enough cakes for the week as well.

Chef is taking Halloween night off, so while the kitchen will be closed we will be serving oysters all night long. Come stop by 5pm-midnight for our $1.50 oyster special.  And there will be a special prize for the best oyster costume  (um no, not really) and would you believe this one is $1,155?!

See you upstate!

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October 29th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

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Beers with BuckShowalter

Not to be confused with this Buck Showalter, our BuckShowalter hung out upstate this past Saturday morning. We (husband) are old-school Yankee fans and pay homage to the man who built the NY baseball dynasty. That and the fact that we figured Stick Michael would sort of be an odd name for a dog…

BuckShowalter stood watch while the whiskey cakes baked

Today’s morning delivery from Island Creek Oysters – we’ve got 23 different oysters in house

And we have an updated draught selection for you to check out. As if 23 different oysters wasn’t enough of an excuse to come by.

See you upstate!

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October 25th, 2011 at 10:07 am

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Holy Sh*t – oh and um Thank You

Yup that pretty much describes our reaction after reading Paper Mag’s Thursday night post.

“We can’t say enough good things about Upstate, a little beer and oyster bar that recently opened in the East Village. Truly good oyster bars aren’t easy to come by in this city, and this neighborhood needed one in the worst way.”

“We’re also big fans of the fact that they have Saranac on tap, mostly because it gives Steinthal the opportunity to re-live his Ithaca college days, minus the beer pong.”

The boys from Immaculate Infatuation clean up nice, guessing photographer Michelle McSwain had a little something to do with it. Many thanks for their continued support, we are incredibly grateful and a bit humbled by it too.

And speaking of Saranac, Andrew – we’ve got Saranac Imperial IPA on draught today along with:

  • Angry Orchard Cider
  • Blue Point  Oatmeal Stout
  • Greenport Harbor Ale
  • Ithaca Cold Front
  • Kelso Kellerfest
  • Peak Fall Summit Red Ale
  • Peak Maple Oat Ale

See you upstate!

 

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October 22nd, 2011 at 5:25 pm

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Super Duper Good Oysters

We’re a little giddy over our morning delivery of Island Creek Oysters. These guys are super duper good, but don’t just take our word for it…

In Sam Sifton’s final review for the NYT , he defines Per Se’s signature starter course Oysters and Pearls, containing Island Creek Oysters in each and every dish as the ‘metaphor of transubstantiation.’  Totally had to look that one up – clearly a result of a heathenistic childhood.

 ”It combines a sabayon of pearl tapioca with Island Creek oysters (small, marble-shaped, from Duxbury, south of Boston, fantastic) and a fat clump of sturgeon caviar from Northern California… they make a fine argument for the metaphor of transubstantiation.” Incredible photograph by Daniel Krieger for The New York Times above. And then there’s our not-so-fancy photo of our super duper good delivery.

We also have a new wine rotation of interesting New York vineyards, you can see the full list here.

See you upstate!

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October 19th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

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Stinky Cheese

How good does this look? It’s a wheel of Valley Shepherd Creamery’s crema de blue. This husband/wife New Jersey farm is one of our favorite cheese sources – all their cheese is handmade. A raw milk creamy blue made from a mix of sheep and jersey cow milk, that’s tucked away into their cave for a minimum of three months.

And you know what goes well with a good stinky cheese? Beer. So come on by, as we’ve got both. This week on draught:

  • Angry Orchard Cider
  • Fire Island Lighthouse Ale
  • Ithaca Cold Front
  • Kelso Kellerfest
  • Peak Fall Summit Red Ale
  • Peak Maple Oat Ale
  • Saranac Imperial IPA
  • Southern Tier Mokah

See you upstate!

 

 

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October 17th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

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Boys in Bikinis, Girls with Surfboards

Come join us this Tuesday & Wednesday for our Lobster Dinner Special. Chef is preparing lobster bisque, to be served with decadent lobster sandwiches and perfectly paired with a pint of Peak Organic Fall Summit Ale .

In fifth grade I discovered the B-52′s…my friend Michelle’s older sister Maria was playing Rock Lobster non-stop. She was in high school, way cool. That weekend I dragged my dad to a couple music stores in the Village to buy that yellow album. Well actually a cassette – it was the 80s and I was 10.

Hey now, don’t that make you feel a whole lot better?

See you upstate!

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October 11th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

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Birds, Boston & Beer

This little guy flew directly inside, headed straight for the kitchen and landed right on Chef. Lucky for him (her?) we are a seafood joint, so the kitchen had little use for wild game – who flew away when Chef walked him/her near the door way.

To be perfectly clear, we (husband) are Yankee fans – since childhood so while not supportive of anything Red Sox related, we certainly enjoy all the Boston visitors that have made their way down I95 to upstate. In particular a big thanks to all folks from Neptune Oyster. It is an all-time favorite place of ours that we go to when up in Boston hanging with our friends Rick & Tom. A definite recommend!

We hope everyone enjoyed this fine, sunny and somewhat unseasonably warm weekend…to start off the work week, we’ve a few new guys on draught.

  • Angry Orchard Cider
  • Fire Island Lighthouse Ale
  • Ithaca Cold Front
  • Ommegang Hennepin
  • Peak Summit Ale
  • Six Point Crisp
  • Southampton Double White
  • Southern Tier Mokah (it’s 11%, certainly not a girly beer)

See you upstate!

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October 9th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

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Better Than. Period.

Our new friend Charle recently posted an incredible review on Yelp, so we would like to offer a public Thank You to her!

This week on draught:

  • Ithaca Cold Front
  • Southampton Double White
  • Fire Island Light House Ale
  • Empire Cream Ale
  • Black Eye PA (get it IPA – a little on the punny side but tastes good none-the-less)
  • High Peak Series Imperial IPA
  • Keegan’s Mother’s Milk
  • Angry Orchard Cider

See you upstate!

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October 7th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

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