$5 Trifecta: Barbecue, Beer, Band

fotpbbqFree concerts abound throughout the city during the summer. But how many offer you a plate of delicious barbecue and a beer to devour while you enjoy the music, all to the tune of $5?

This Wednesday, Finger on the Pulse NYC brings you the whole package at Hope Lounge (10 Hope Street, Brooklyn–map) in Williamsburg. From 7-11 PM you can see about-to-explode Brooklyn indie band The Harlem Shakes (yes, the name is confusing) in a free outdoor concert. For $5, you can pick up a plate of barbecue and sides from seasoned kitchen and pit pro Sam Mason (of the restaurant Tailor and the hit food/rock mashup show “Dinner With the Band”), with a complementary beer to wash it down.

For the technologically inclined/gainfully employed among us, FotP NYC is even giving away free iPhone cases. For the rest of us, I’m pretty sure those cases can be used to hold food stamp EBT cards.

via Tasting Table New York

Happy Hour of the Week: drinks to Coo over

cooventsThe guys at Coovents.com have been making it their business to point you to the best happy hours in New York at any given time (as of 10:22 on a Thursday morning, it’s $3.50 Bud and Coors at O’Hanlons in the East Village). Tonight they’re proving they know a good happy hour by throwing their own.

The first official Coovents Get Happy Hour is tonight from 8-10 at Tonic East (411 3rd Ave, Manhattan–map). Just show up, and your first drink is free–no lists, RSVPs, or covers required. Because the Coovents staff are gentlemen (or desperate, you decide), ladies keep drinking for free from 8-9.

If you’re near Gramercy, make sure you check it out. There’s no better way to pay tribute to a useful website then to hit them up for free booze (The Penny Palate Happy Hour has been postponed indefinitely due to, um, the recession or something).

Your taste to price ratio is inefficient

An actual conversation I overheard last year:

bombaysapphire23-year-old financial consultant: I can’t just order a gin and tonic in a bar. They’ll give me well liquor. Now I order Bombay and tonic.
Coworker: Good call.
Consultant: Yeah, except the last time they poured me regular Bombay. When I say Bombay, you should know I mean Bombay Sapphire.

Of course, in a blind taste test this fragile-egoed young gentleman could never tell the two apart. In fact, according to a recent entry in the New York Times Proof Blog, the precious nectar he shells out for is often the same old well liquor, just poured into a comely aqua-marine bottle on the sly.

It’s a trick called a “downpour”, explains former barkeep Brian McDonald, and it’s common practice in many bars throughout the city. McDonald downpoured for three years, and only one person ever tasted the difference between top shelf liquor and its well counterpart. The accuser then watched McDonald pour the exact same well gin and tonic, but the second time he saw it come from a top shelf bottle. His new drink tasted just right.

gordonsThe lesson: if you’re ordering top-shelf liquor, you’re probably getting played. If you really find well booze unpalatable, find a middle ground that tastes great, but isn’t expensive enough to be worth downpouring. Our consultant friend should swallow his pride and order Gordon’s, which Esquire just named the best budget gin at $15 a liter. Of course, he wouldn’t be caught dead reading this site anyway.