Prosecco, the dry Italian sparkling wine that evokes long evenings spent lounging at an outdoor cafe in Venice, can and should be enjoyed during these short winter evenings. Check out the following spots that serve Prosecco, in its purest form and in cocktails, as well. – By Jonathan Pogash
Prosecco-based cocktails rule on the beverage menu at Tribeca’s Bubble Lounge. The Champs-Elysees cocktail combines Prosecco with hibiscus flower and Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, while “A Pair to Remember” blends Prosecco with pear puree and Combier orange liqueur.
The Counting Room in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, offers a Zardetto non-vintage Prosecco on its wine list. Sit back and relax at the long wooden bar, or at one of the wooden communal bench tables, while snacking on their basket of home-made croutons. The downstairs bar, called the Cellar Bar, when open, is a laid back spot to kick up your feet and enjoy your drinks.
Franny’s, on the edge of Park Slope and Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, offers an aptly-named drink: The Prosecco Cocktail. Consisting of Prosecco, Nardini Tagliatella (a grappa-based liqueur), and an angostura bitters-poached orange peel, this take on the classic Champagne Cocktail is best enjoyed with any one of Franny’s farm to table, locally grown, seasonal dishes.
At Ai Fiori (meaning among the flowers), you can order a glass of Valdobiaddene Prosecco “Rustico.” Nestled in the Setai Fifth Avenue hotel, Ai Fiori’s expansive wine list includes many from Italy, including non-Prosecco options. Or if you have your favorite bottle on hand at home, you can pop it open with dinner for a $60 corkage fee.
Out of the sea of Italian restaurants in Queens lies Tuscan Hills on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. Munch on an antipasto or insalata with your flute of Prosecco, and look around at the well-designed bistro. The red brick walls share center stage with the moderately-priced wine list.
Jonathan Pogash, aka The Cocktail Guru, is a beverage consultant, writer, and educator.