By Tricia Carr | December 16, 2016 | Food & Drink
Copious amounts of bubbles—champagne, prosecco, even beer—will be consumed in the final days of December. If there was ever a time to enjoy all the sparkling libations you want, it's right now. We found the most thirst-quenching carbonated cocktails at New York bars and restaurants that will take the edge off all that holiday stress. Cheers!
Cocktail mastermind Jim Kearns may have unwittingly created the ultimate holiday cocktail when he stirred up the Ingrid Bergman—or maybe he deliberately crafted it to get New Yorkers through this time of year. Regardless, you can’t beat grapefruit bitters, absinthe, lemon syrup, Cédrat, and beer distillate topped with champagne and presented in a chic flute. 121 W. 10th St., 212 243 2827
Who doesn't love a negroni… especially when its red hue matches your ugly Christmas sweater? Dante’s negroni menu dedicated to innovative takes on the classic cocktail will keep you busy for hours. Start off on a bubbly note with the Mistaken Negroni made with Cinzano Rosso, Cappelletti, and prosecco. 79-81 Macdougal St., 212-982-5275
Get two “urgent” errands done at once: have that much-needed cocktail and sample Stephan Brezinsky’s modern Vietnamese fare at his buzzy new East Village resto. The menu is yours for the taking, but when it comes to cocktails, we strongly recommend the Police Action—a blend of blueberry wine cordial, Shōchū, blueberries, lime, mint, and sparkling sake. 171 Avenue A, 212-475-3171
You might typically order a glass of wine with your seafood—and don’t get us wrong; Seamore’s has a great wine list—but the cocktail menu is too good not to take a glance. If you feel inclined to switch out your usual sauv blanc or pinot noir for a seasonal sipper, the Jack Rabbit made with Applejack brandy, prosecco, maple syrup, lemon, and bitters won’t disappoint. 390 Broome St., 212-730-6005
Chef Dale Talde calls Massoni’s menu “inauthentic Italian”—think pasta dishes like mafalde, uni, and Serrano peppers cooked in smoked onion dashi listed alongside the classic spaghetti and meatballs—and the cocktail list follows suit. The bubbly Far Rockaway, made with Mellett Amaro, Rittenhouse Rye, lime juice, and prosecco, clearly proves his point. Arlo NoMad, 11 E. 31st St., 212-951-1141
New Yorkers are collectively thrilled that restaurateur Danny Meyer reopened his welcoming Union Square Cafe in time for the holiday season. Make a reservation (if you can get one), relax with a comforting dish and the Pear & Walnut Spritz—pear, Amaro, walnut, buckwheat honey, and champagne—and be relieved that you’re safe from the polar vortex for an hour or two. 101 E. 19th St., 212-243-4020
It’s inevitable that some relatives from out of town will drag you to Times Square this month. To escape the tourist-filled streets, convince them to pop into LeGrande at The Time New York Hotel for a luxurious reprieve. Sip on Rosemary Elites—Royal Elite Vodka, Smoked rosemary, and vanilla syrup topped with champagne—and you’ll be tipsy enough to brave the crowds in no time. 224 W. 49th St.
You’re done holiday shopping—now it’s time to treat yourself. Keep the cocktails flowing as you tuck into a beautiful dish at East Village haunt Kingsley. Created by bartender Miranda Helck, the Upstate 75, made with Bache-Gabrielsen American Oak cognac, cinnamon syrup, nectar sherry, lemon juice, and orange juice and topped with sparkling hard apple cider, is our seasonal pick. 190 Avenue B, 212-674-4500
The cozy, rustic atmosphere of Sweet Chick will call your name as you walk by—don’t resist. It might be the work of the heat, or the work of the summery Queen of New York cocktail made with cognac, strawberries, lemon, and sparkling rose, but regardless, either the Lower East Side or Brooklyn location will warm you right up. 178 Ludlow St., 646-657-0233; 164 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, 347-725-4793
Beer and pizza might be most associated with football games and frat houses, but new FiDi pizza joint Sauce & Barrel elevates the combo by serving a beer cocktail and heavenly gourmet pies. When you’re up for some carb loading this season, order a few pizzas and delicious shareable dishes, but keep the American Perfecto, beer with campari and vermouth, all to yourself. 97 Washington St., 212-480-6800
Of course you’ll go to Tuome for a taste of chef Thomas Chen’s contemporary cuisine with Japanese influences, but you’ll stay for the drinks. The simple East Village Blossom combines brut rosé, hibiscus, and blood orange for a sparkling cocktail you can drink all night. 536 E. Fifth St., 646-833-7811
Photography courtesy of Nick Voderman (Slowly Shirley); Chao Chao; Alex Stein (Seamore's); Sweet Chick; Emily Andrews (Union Square Cafe); Noah Fecks (Tuome); Thee Kings Restaurant (Massoni)