Drink Your Way from Italy to Ireland Without Leaving NYC
The moment you enter Via Trenta, you’ll feel as though you’ve transported to an oversized Italian wine cellar. The stacked wine, rustic shiplap ceiling, and brick walls set the tone. They offer traditional Italian options, but the individual pizzas are their crowning achievement—the Tartufata (with pecorino, caciocavallo, mozzarella, fontina, wild mushrooms, and truffle cream) wins us over most of all. Wine is definitely the obvious choice for drinks, but don’t pass up their Sicilian Lemonade, which is basically an elevated spin on Limoncello.
Next, you’re going to fall in love with Sweet Afton’s authentic Irish pub. The main attraction here is the cocktails. Between their Jameson-based Patron Saint and Earl Grey-infused Sweet Tea (FYI: there’s no actual tea in this drink), Sweet Afton is the perfect sort of alehouse to lose yourselves in conversation. The vibe is intimate, the lighting’s low, and there are even some delicious virgin options in case you want to keep the evening going without the possibility of a hangover.
36-19 30th Avenue, Astoria
30-09 34th Street, Astoria