Grade "A" Fancy

Grade "A" Fancy The smart New Yorker's guide to smart New York, the foe of the faddish, delivering the big city, distilled and decanted by Karen McBurnie and Jon Hammer.

Wish we were there.
02/09/2021

Wish we were there.

Wish we were there.

Here it is -- your Foolโ€™s Paradise holiday cocktail for 2020.  ๐™…๐™„๐™‰๐™‚๐™‡๐™€๐˜ฟ ๐˜๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด: 2 oz blended Scotchยฝ oz Lazzaroni Am...
12/19/2020

Here it is -- your Foolโ€™s Paradise holiday cocktail for 2020.

๐™…๐™„๐™‰๐™‚๐™‡๐™€๐˜ฟ

๐˜๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด:

2 oz blended Scotch
ยฝ oz Lazzaroni Amaretto
ยผ oz Cynar
ยผ oz orange juice
Dash of Bitter Truth Jerry Thomasโ€™ Own Decanter Bitters
2-4 raspberries

๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜›๐˜ฐ: Crush one raspberry in your shaker. Add ice, and the liquids; shake well and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish: 1-3 raspberries in the glass.

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ!

12/15/2020

This Saturday, we'll be making our annual appearance at the Fool's Paradise Rex-wfmu holiday spectacular. He keeps inviting us back, what can we say? It's probably because we bring the hooch. We'll be shaking up an original holiday cocktail, just for the Fool's Paradise faithful. Play along at home, won't you?

Here is your shopping list (check it twice):
* Blended Scotch (Ballantine's works)
* Amaretto (Lazzaroni brand suggested)
* Cynar (Italian bitter liqueur)
* Bitter Truth Jerry Thomasโ€™ Own Decanter Bitters
* an orange (for juice)
*2-4 raspberries

Emergency substitutions? Just ask.

Vintage finds for the holidays and other thirsty days ~Yes, there is a secret stash of our ๐‘ฏ๐‘จ๐‘น๐‘ฒ! ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘น๐’‚๐’…๐’Š๐’ ๐‘ฉ๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’†๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“ ๐‘ฉ๐’“๐’Š...
12/07/2020
Grade "A" Fancy: Hark! The Radio Bartender Brings!

Vintage finds for the holidays and other thirsty days ~
Yes, there is a secret stash of our ๐‘ฏ๐‘จ๐‘น๐‘ฒ! ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘น๐’‚๐’…๐’Š๐’ ๐‘ฉ๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’†๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“ ๐‘ฉ๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’” and if you missed out back when, you can get your coal-stained paws on a MIB copy today. Look for them in the shop of Salted Nut Meats on etsy.

On the subject of cocktails -- we will be joining Rex on the air again, a few more than six feet apart this year, to debut a brand new holiday cocktail. Stay tuned for your ingredient list to play along at home.

Celebrating Dawn Powellโ€™s birthday on an freakishly warm afternoon.
11/28/2020

Celebrating Dawn Powellโ€™s birthday on an freakishly warm afternoon.

Yeah.
10/15/2020

Yeah.

Dear New York, Our stores are hurting. Sales remain down over 50 percent, and we need more customers to keep this bookselling gig going. Please, come back to our stores. If you are worried about lines or crowding, come early in the day or order online or by phone for pickup in stores or curbside. We are open 11:30-7. We have so many books, we have wonderful booksellers, the only thing we need is for you to come back. #BoxedOut #ShopIndie

09/09/2020

Back at Geneโ€™s. Praise the gods of the relish tray.

Hmmm, wonder who stepped in here for the goods from "Chumley's 1%"?
07/29/2020
Restaurant Equipment & Collection of Literary Author Portraits

Hmmm, wonder who stepped in here for the goods from "Chumley's 1%"?

Absolute Auction re: Chumley's of NYC Late Model Commercial Kitchen Equipment Bar & Kitchen Refrigeration of All Kinds Tufted Leather Booth Benches Green Tack & Leather Upholstered Bar Stools A Large Collection of Framed Literary Author Portraits & Book Covers Auction Format: Online Only...

07/15/2020
Nina Pineda

Jeremiah's Vanishing New York

A ๐Ÿšฒ Bike Rack Vs 100 yr old landmark restaurant ๐Ÿ trying to survive ? Does this make any sense to you ?! Working on this for Tuesday -Tune in @5 to see the familyโ€™s plea for help save their Mom and Pop Century Old Legacy. #7onyourside #pandemic #roadtoreopening #genesrestaurant #outdoordining #pandemic #Phase2 #citibike

Message to my Future Cocktail Cherry. Today you came into our home from the greenmarket. We bathed you and covered you l...
07/11/2020

Message to my Future Cocktail Cherry. Today you came into our home from the greenmarket. We bathed you and covered you lovingly with liquids and spices and boozes. And one day, you will be a delicious garnish. ๐Ÿ’

๐—”๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ-๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜€?๐——๐—ผ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜? ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ!Weโ€™ve been doing this Ne...
07/07/2020

๐—”๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ-๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜€?
๐——๐—ผ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜? ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ!

Weโ€™ve been doing this New Reality lunacy for months now. In a word: blecch.

One bright spot has been the digital cocktail parties weโ€™ve attended with our pals, acquaintances, and friends of friends. In the ancient past, Ma Bell had a slogan promoting its long-distance service that went, โ€œItโ€™s the next best thing to being there.โ€ The Zoomies and the Facetymes arenโ€™t exactly that, but theyโ€™re all we got. Since remotely socializing seems to take up a such an important hunk of our lives now, the staff of Grade โ€œAโ€ Fancy took quill to electro-parchment and created a little something on the subject. The result is our instructional booklet, (๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟโ€™๐˜€ ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ) ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜๐˜€.

๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง? you ask. Our new all-original pamphlet gets right to the heart of the matter, with twenty-four stylishly illustrated pages full of tips to make your next remote happy hour a smashing success. You will learn how to keep the conversation flowing, spot trouble before it can derail the fun, and youโ€™ll pick up some basic cyber-etiquette, if you dareโ€”all to help you become the remote host with the most. There are hints on how to keep things interesting while the quarantine drags on, and even a few cocktail suggestionsโ€”itโ€™s a truly unique booklet chockablock with entertainment value.

Printable download now available at the Etsy shop of Salted Nut Meats.

McSorley's Old Ale House
05/22/2020

McSorley's Old Ale House

Today we'll be opening our doors after closing them for the longest period in our 166 year history. Everyone at McSorley's wants to get back to work and who are we to stop them. We've installed a bunch of hand sanitizer dispensers (even though they don't match the ancient wood), ordered a bunch of growlers and face masks and are ready as well to bring some commercial and social life back to our storied, East 7th street block. Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and sandwiches are whats on the To-Go food menu. And of course, our famous Light or Dark Ale in 12oz cups, or half and full gallon growlers. Stay safe and hope to see you soon.

Hours daily for the next two weeks will be from 1pm-8pm.

05/14/2020

Fabulous AND hardboiled. That's our city.

Exposed!  Hunting for mystery novels, we encountered this sensational display downtown. Herb Lester ๐Ÿ‘€
03/01/2020

Exposed! Hunting for mystery novels, we encountered this sensational display downtown.

Herb Lester
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02/21/2020
Herb Lester

Calling all freaky superstar friends and terrific acquaintances. Our newest project, AVAILABLE NOW!!!

โญ Andy Warhol's New York โญ
shop.herblester.com/products/andy-warhols-new-york

Andy Warhol moved to New York City from his hometown of Pittsburgh in 1948. Over the next 40 years he would transform himself from aspiring illustrator, to wildly successful commercial and then fine artist.

Through the decades, as Warhol changed, so did New York, though itโ€™s hard to say which influenced the other to the greater degree. Both were in a constant state of reinvention and renewal. The 60-plus entries in Andy Warholโ€™s New York tell a story of a remarkable man shaped by the big city he also helped to create.

Grade "A" Fancy
02/03/2020

Grade "A" Fancy

Our Hardboiled Apple map lounging dramatically at the superb Idlewild Bookshop on 7th Avenue.

Our Hardboiled Apple map lounging dramatically at the superb Idlewild Bookshop on 7th Avenue.
02/03/2020

Our Hardboiled Apple map lounging dramatically at the superb Idlewild Bookshop on 7th Avenue.

We're LIVE on the air this Saturday 1:00-3:00 ET with Fool's Paradise Rex-wfmu. It's the office party of the year -- Cel...
12/20/2019
See What the Elves in the Backroom Will Have, Bartender

We're LIVE on the air this Saturday 1:00-3:00 ET with Fool's Paradise Rex-wfmu. It's the office party of the year -- Celebrities galore! The bang-zoom excitement of gifts unwrapped before your very ears! A brand spankin' new cocktail created especially for Fool's Paradise faithful, shaken on-air! And the most rollickin' way-out holiday discs. As a wise woman once said, Join Us.

It's that time again! This Saturday, December 21, tune in to the Fool's Paradise program on the mighty WFMU for everyone's favorite ...

It's that time of the season againโ€ฆ
12/18/2019

It's that time of the season againโ€ฆ

It's Christmas A-Go-Go on the radio!
Tune into Fool's Paradise with Rex this Saturday 12/21 1-3PM EST for a blow-out birthday bash in honor of everyone's favorite moptop in the manger! The editors of Grade "A" Fancy magazine will once again be crafting a holiday cocktail LIVE ON THE AIR! With special guests Paul Lukas (of Uniwatch fame), Chris Karwowski (formerly of The Onion), WFMU's own Gaylord Fields and more! Plus seasonal novelty records that are relatively amusing. It all happens this Saturday 12/21 1-3PM on WFMU 91. FM and online at wfmu.org

Toasting our new map guide with The Hardboiled Apple cocktail.
11/17/2019

Toasting our new map guide with The Hardboiled Apple cocktail.

They forgot to mention Annie's bar in SF.
10/28/2019
Themes: bordellos

They forgot to mention Annie's bar in SF.

In the 1960s turn-of-the-century brothels inspired restaurant decor, even in some places pitching to the family trade. Isnโ€™t it strange that some restaurants with this type of decoration were meantโ€ฆ

Village Preservation - Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation
10/06/2019
Village Preservation - Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation

Village Preservation - Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation

October is Italian-American Heritage Month, so weโ€™re marking the occasion by retracing the East Villageโ€™s historic and nearly-gone Little Italy, which is still there, if you know where to look. Thereโ€™s some beloved still-thriving local institutions, some dearly departed friends, and some interesting relics youโ€™ve probably never heard of or known about:

The Hard Boiled Hat!Fun article about hard hats. In 1919 they called them Hard Boiled, bringing to mind a new Grade "A" ...
10/02/2019
The Evolution of the Hard Hat

The Hard Boiled Hat!
Fun article about hard hats. In 1919 they called them Hard Boiled, bringing to mind a new Grade "A" Fancy / Herb Lester project. The egg timer is set to go off on that one at the end of this month!

The hard hat was designed 100 years ago as protective gear for miners and other laborers, but it has grown to become a symbol of status and masculinity.

Gem Spa to Schitibank
09/12/2019
Gem Spa to Schitibank

Gem Spa to Schitibank

Last night at midnight, all ready for Saturday's cash mob , Gem Spa was transformed -- into a vivid dystopian vision of the new St. Mark's P...

This lady at that club is in the new one. But you'll have to wait until autumn.
08/30/2019

This lady at that club is in the new one. But you'll have to wait until autumn.

Vera Louise Caspary was an American writer of novels, plays, screenplays, and short stories. Her best-known novel, Laura, was made into a highly successful movie. Vera wrote the 1946 mystery novel 'The Murder in the Stork Club' where the action took place in and around the famous nightclub, with Sherman Billingsley and other real-life characters appearing in the plot.

Our newest TOP SECRET project for Herb Lester is just in the can, yet weโ€™re still on the beat. Perusing the detective an...
08/17/2019

Our newest TOP SECRET project for Herb Lester is just in the can, yet weโ€™re still on the beat. Perusing the detective and thriller paperbacks at Capitolfest, CNY's 35mm Silent and Early Talkie Film Festival .

06/04/2019
Cocktails on a lovely empty Manhattan Friday. Do you know where we are?
05/31/2019

Cocktails on a lovely empty Manhattan Friday. Do you know where we are?

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