So why not drink NY wine (or cider) for Thanksgiving? We’ll have plenty at Jimmy’s No. 43 (and while we will be closed Thanksgiving day, we’re loading up on local wines that you can drink all week long). And we’ll have great local food on the menu, as well. Happy NY Thanksgiving!
Archives for November 2014
On Saturday, December 6th, Jimmy’s No. 43 will once again be gathering the world’s best Belgian and Belgian-style beers for the Fifth Annual Battle of the Belgians. This year, we welcome newcomer (and possible upset winner) Italy! Yes, we’ll have some Belgian-style Italian beers, along with a great list of Americans.
Some of the people behind these amazing brews dropped by the bar yesterday, including Michael Opalenski of B. United Importers, Mike Lovullo (who is curating the American side of Battle of the Belgians) and this “brain trust” of beer. We were purchasing beer for an upcoming preview event this Saturday, November 22nd, when from 4-6 p.m. Jimmy Carbone will be doing a guided tasting of six rare Belgian (or Belgian style ales). Take a tour of our beer cellar, help choose your own beer, taste, talk and sample some of our favorite bacons and cured meats (yes, it is another Bacon & Belgians event! tickets here).
We asked the group to “match that brew” in a bit of a beer geek challenge. Jimmy said to choose a beer with a high malt profile (not too hoppy), sessionable (less than 6% ABV), something in a pale ale, and something a consumer could drink all night long.
Just another typical day at work!
It was a slow-food-soul-food kind of weekend at Jimmy’s No. 43, as we went from a pig carving with Colonial-era music from live singers to Southern food favorites and music harkening to the Big Easy from George Kirby, Jr., and friends. George presented the Sounds of the South with an amazing accordion player, plenty of blues, and down-home country.
The food was all courtesy of Ben LeBlanc’s Good Stock Soups and Annie Etheridge’s Field & Clover biscuits. The gumbo was a crowd favorite (we’ll be serving up his gumbo at this Friday’s FallFunFood! at Albany Plaza – more info here), influenced by the flavors of Louisiana. Annie’s authentic, handmade, buttermilk biscuits were a great complement to the gumbo made with organic bacon from NY and cheddar from Vermont.
And if you missed out this weekend, no worries! The whole group will be back with this particular pop-up on Sunday, December 14th.
Carlo Petrini is back in NYC!
Jimmy’s No. 43 is committed to supporting local food purveyors and area farmers, and you see it in our menu (and our tap list – beer and cider are foods, right?) every day. Featured on our menu this week is a new dish: Flying Pigs Farm Smoked Pork Chop, served with Brussels Sprouts and Grits
- *Hosting Slow Food Italy students for an upcoming luncheon.
- *Appearing at TedX Change Food panel on Thursday, November 13th.
- *On Saturday, November 15th, we are hosting a slow food/slow music with Ted “The Butcher” Nigro leading a whole hog carving workshop in one room of the restaurant while Shape Note performs (their colonial era sacred harp singing was a highlight of Carlo’s last visit; he remarked how Jimmy’s No. 43 is a pleasant change from all the NYC bars with TVs).
- *Hosting new Just Food Executive Director Jasmine Nielsen for a meet-and-greet on November 20th.
- *And, of course, featuring other local foods on the menu and beers by NYC brewers, ciders by NY State cideries, and wines from Long Island.
Speaking of Slow Food… our friends at Slow Food NYC are presenting a documentary at this weekend’s NYC DOC film festival: Grazers: A Cooperative Story about the great group of people behind the Adirondack Grazers Cooperative (get tickets to see the movie here).
Finally, owner Jimmy Carbone was recently profiled in the Eat Well Guide, where he talked about his journey in slow food.
And we’ll have regular bar/restaurant service available all week long during these events.
Then on Friday, we welcome Manhattan’s newest brewery Third Rail for a mini-tap-takeover of three of their beers:
- *Field 2 Farmhouse Ale – 6.1% ABV / 28 IBU: a Farmhouse Ale highlighting rustic yeast from French-Belgian border
- *Bodega American Pale Ale – 5.6% ABV / 79 IBU: an American Pale Ale with pronounced Citra and Centennial hop profile
- *Innate IPA – The “Very Piney” IPA – 6.3% ABV / 83 IBU: an India Pale Ale built around Simcoe hops at each hopping stage with citrus accents from Cascade and other classic American hops
We close out with the launch of our Slow Food Week so look for more details soon (including the return of Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini).
As always, line-up is subject to change and regular bar/restaurant service is available.