The Citiblog

Six Spots to Get Wet During Dry January
January 12, 2022, 6:18.55 pm ET


Among the hardest New Year’s resolutions for many people to keep is their commitment to a “Dry January,” where they forego all alcoholic beverages for the month. Fortunately, a number of NYC’s most popular eateries have come up with enticing alternatives to help you stick to your promise.

Photo: Aquavit

Aquavit (65 E. 55th Street)

This famed Scandinavian restaurant offers a selection of non-alcoholic wines from several famous wine-growing regions, including Wölffer Estate Verjus, the unfermented green grape juice from Long Island, along with such unique options as the Jörg Geiger PriSecco Aecht Bitter, a sparkling blend of hunter pear, gooseberry, and herbs, imported from the Württemberg region of Germany, and La Rhubarbelle Pétillant from Quebec, Canada, which delivers notes of freshly picked rhubarb and pairs perfectly with savory dishes.

Temperance Wine Bar [40 Carmine St]

Even though it’s known for its alcoholic libations, Tempereance is serving up some non-alcoholic beverages this month, including the Acid League Proxies 'Sauvage' 16, a crisp, bright, and herbal nonalcoholic white wine; the Acid League Proxies 'Nightshade' 16, a nonalcoholic dry and savory red with notes of juice red fruits and spices; and the Avec Grapefruit-Pomelo 5, made with grapefruit juice flavored with pomelo, black pepper, bourbon vanilla and smoked salt, to name a few.

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Atlantic Grill (50 West 55th Street)

This high-end seafood restaurant, a favorite of Lincoln Center patrons, is delighting diners with the Lampone Spruzzo, created by Alex Teisanu, the restaurant’s CEO and Director. This deliciously fizzy drink is made with raspberry purée, lemon juice, rosemary-infused simple syrup, and topped with club soda.

Nizza (630 Ninth Avenue)

Located in bustling Hell's Kitchen, the local hotspot is pairing its delicious Italian fare with the restaurant's specially created non-alcoholic Strawberry Mule with Lemon, Ginger Beer, and Rosemary, served in a traditional copper cup.

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Macchina (110 Bedford Avenue)

Located in the heart of Williamsburg, this hip Italian eatery won’t make a liar out of you thanks to its “Liar Manhattan,” which uses both Lyre's Non-Alcoholic American Malt and Lyre's Aperitif Rosso Non-Alcoholic Spirit, with a few dashes of cherry bitters. All of the ingredients are then stirred briefly with ice and strained into a martini glass or small coupette.

Marseille (630 Ninth Avenue)

This classic French brasserie, beloved by theater district habitues, is quenching thirsts this month with an Elderflower Spritzer Mocktail as well as a variety of flavored lemonades, including strawberry and mint.