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Tony Sachs
Tony Sachs has been writing about spirits and cocktails, among other subjects, since 2007, after the independent record store he owned and operated on Manhattan's Upper West Side went the way of most other independent record stores. Aside from HuffPost, Tony writes frequently for Robb Report online. He has also written for Serious Eats, Wine Enthusiast, Complex Magazine and Bar Magazine, to name a few. He is the "as-told-to" guy for the autobiography of pianist/songwriter/performer/raconteur Irving Fields, The Pianos I Have Known.

Tony lives in Manhattan with his wife, daughter and cat. He is slightly obsessed with the New York Yankees, Frank Sinatra and dumplings. He can often be found at his home, trying to create the perfect mai tai.


Entries by Tony Sachs

At The James Beard House, Reclaiming Asian Fusion's Good Name

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 12:57 AM

The term "Asian fusion" inspires groans among a lot of diners nowadays, evoking as it does the neighborhood place that now serves mediocre sushi and mediocre pad Thai along with mediocre General Tso's chicken, or gruesome and overpriced Hindenburgs of culinary experimentation like the hot pretzel kobe beef tartare at...

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Booze: Tequila Edition

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 12:01 AM

When booze is your livelihood, it's always a plus to find an excuse to drink during the day with your friends and make it seem like you're working. A few months ago I got together with three compadres from the industry for an afternoon of drinking rum and talking about...

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From Less Than $30 to More Than $30,000, New Booze to Fit Any Budget

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 4:27 PM

As part of my job, I get to taste a lot of booze. I mean a lot of booze. Not that I'm complaining, you understand. But there's only so much time in the day to both taste liquor and write about it. (And of course there's only so much liquor...

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Booze: Rum Edition

(4) Comments | Posted January 17, 2016 | 8:26 PM

I had a problem. A problem a lot of people would be delighted to have, but a problem nonetheless. I had a whole bunch of rum sitting in my apartment, waiting to be sampled and reviewed. I adore rum, and I adore blathering about the stuff I like almost as...

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It Was A Very Good (& Bad) (& Ugly) Year: "New" Unheard Sinatra Music Celebrates His 100th Birthday

(5) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 9:03 AM

We all knew it was coming, we Frank Sinatra addicts did. The more addled among us knew, or knew about, most of the unreleased Sinatra music that still lay in the vaults. In fact, we'd heard a lot of it over the decades, on bootlegs of varying quality. We knew...

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Raising the (Home) Bar: Three Options for Hassle-Free Cocktails Without Leaving the House

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 2:03 PM

Do you love cocktails but hate getting jostled, elbowed, and being forced to listen to Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" in noisy, crowded bars? Is your home bar there for show because you have no idea how to make a simple mixed drink? Are you hosting a party and want to...

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The Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island: It's the Cat's Pajamas

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 4:16 PM

As far as I'm concerned, there's never a bad time to wear a straw boater, suspenders and spats while doing the Charleston and drinking moonshine. But the best time to do so is when thousands of other people are doing the same thing, as will be the case next weekend...

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It's a Big Boozy Round-Up! Reviews of New Gin, Rum, Mezcal, Pisco & Lots of Whiskey

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 11:14 AM

There's nothing wrong with writing about one type of spirit -- heaven knows I do enough stuff like "9 Starfruit Brandies You Need To Try Now" or "7 Bourbons That Cost More Than $22 And Less Than $36 For All Your St. Swithin's Day Entertaining Needs." It focuses the reader's...

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I'll Drink to That... And Live-Stream It, Too: A Booze Writer's Take on Periscope

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 12:07 AM

I forget exactly why I joined Facebook in 2007. Probably because so many of my friends had already done so, and I didn't want to feel left out. I sort of remember why I joined Twitter in 2009 -- my wife pretty much forced me to, insisting I'd like it....

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Micky Dolenz On Broadway: A Monkee And His Music

(4) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 10:42 AM

The last thing the world needs is another rock star singing standards. Rod Stewart earned himself another few hundred years in purgatory with his multi-volume take on the Great American Songbook. The only thing wrong with the Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga duet album was... Lady Gaga. When even Paul McCartney's stab...

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For Amber Waves of Grain: 9 American Whiskeys to Toast Independence Day

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 10:22 AM

We've got a lot to be proud of as America celebrates birthday number 239 (that's right, Supreme Court and President Obama, I'm talking to you!). And what better way to show pride for our country than by drinking our native spirit -- American whiskey. For as long as America has...

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Scotch Whisky for Father's Day: 8 Drams to Delight Dad

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 12:39 PM

As I prepare to celebrate my fifth Father's Day on the other side of the dad/not-a-dad line, I can't claim to know what's on the want list of all my fellow fathers, except for about six months of uninterrupted sleep and a winning lottery ticket to pay for college tuition....

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Celebrate World Gin Day With These 9 Gins... Just Not All at Once

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 10:58 AM

Man oh man, do I hate industry-created "days." For instance, did you know June 13th is National Sewing Machine Day? Also National Weed Your Garden Day and National Rosé Day. Now, did Obama declare these things? No, I'm guessing they were dreamed up by some ad wizards who needed to...

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My Night at "A Night Out for No Kid Hungry"

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 10:26 AM

As the bloated throngs staggered out of 23 Wall Street, I'm sure at least a few of them must have thought about the irony of stuffing their faces with some of New York City's most sophisticated food and drink for four hours -- all so that fewer kids across America...

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Creating 20-Year-Old Liquor in Six Days: How the Spirits Industry Is About to Be Transformed

(3) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 1:29 PM

Time was when barrel-aging spirits was a strict two-way collaboration between Mother Nature and Father Time. Well, that's all about to change.

Sure, you've had small distilleries without sufficient time or cash for proper aging try to hack the system by aging their product in smaller barrels, the theory being...

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Eat & Drink Your Way Through Asia in One Night: The Luckyrice Grand Feast Comes to NYC

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 6:11 PM

It's that time of year again. I can tell because my stomach is growling and my mouth is watering. It must be time for another Luckyrice Festival Grand Feast. Only this year it's a little different. They moved it up two months, from May to March (this Friday, March 20,...

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Single Malts, Ryes, Rums and More: A Dozen New Dark Spirits for Sipping & Savoring

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Whenever I do spirits round-ups like this one, I try to come up with some timely intro, as if I'm a talk show host doing a monologue. I've tried the old current events bit: "Man, Brian Williams must have really been sloshed on that chopper to have such a faulty...

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Delicious Asian Cuisine in NYC for Valentine's Day, Lunar New Year, and Just Because You're Hungry

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 1:13 PM

You don't need a special occasion to eat Asian food. Heck, Sunday nights have been reason enough for Jewish families to go out for Chinese for generations. And when is there NOT a good night to order in sushi or pho? But there are certain days when it behooves you...

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In the Spirit: A Vodka Agnostic Tries to Convert With the Aid of 10 Great Brands

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 8:57 AM

I'm what you'd call a vodka agnostic. I admit that I tend to stifle my share of yawns when people tell me about the newest latest vodkas. I roll my eyes when I hear the umpeenth "smooth" and "clean" description -- words I actually use pretty frequently here, because how...

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The Past, Neat or On The Rocks: Glenfiddich Recreates a Seminal Single Malt

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 2:26 PM

We're living in a golden age for liquor -- let's just get that out of the way first. There's more quality booze being made by more people in more places around the world than ever before in the history of the human liver. So don't think I'm some dewy-eyed romantic...

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