3 NYC hotspots to try (and one to avoid) this weekend, July 24-26 – Metro US

3 NYC hotspots to try (and one to avoid) this weekend, July 24-26

NYC cleaned up the big awards at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail, including American Bartender of the Year, which went to Ivy Mix, co-owner and head bartender ofLeyenda. Carroll Gardens’ Latin cocktail bar just opened back on May 21, but Mix was already a rising star at the Clover Club. The bar is her concept, created from her experiences living in Guatemala and traveling extensively throughout Central and South America. There’s some heavy hitting going in the kitchen, too, with a menu of Mexican favorites and Puerto Rican family recipes by chef Sue Torres (Sueños). Get there for Happy Hour tonight from 5-7 p.m., when Mix recommends the Michelada, made with a sangrita of papaya, carrot, lemon and orange juices, guajillo and ancho chiles. Enjoy it in Leyenda’s newly opened backyard.

Find the city’s new favorite chicken sandwich at Citi Field, where it’s already won over the crowd. Mets fans have chosen Randolph Beer as the stadium’s newest vendor out of four independent New York eateries competing in the Citi Call-Ups Program. The American gastropub will be serving its Jerk Chicken PoBoy at its new outfield concourse stand (near Shake Shack), along with a specially paired brew from LIC Beer Project. Randolph Beer will remain at the best ballpark in the city (there, we said it) for the rest of the 2015 season.

What a summer to be alive — there have never been more ways to drink coffee, from cold brew on tap to nitro coffee. Now, you can have the pleasure of frothed milk without melting all the ice in your pricey cold brew atLa Colombe Coffee, which is serving draft lattes ($4) at two locations (Vandam and Lafayette streets, coming soon to the rest of the city).The pourresults in a beer-looking “pint,” or if you’re looking for more of a caffeine kick get a Pure Black & Tan made with half cold brew.

And lastly, one place not to go…

The Post’s Steve Cuozzo was not amused by the food situation at One World Observatory. Between the three restaurants, he saved his most scathing remarks for the would-be Windows on the World replacement One Dine: “The feast included flavor-free ‘tuna crudo’ that would be indistinguishable in a blind tasting from mammal, fish or Jell-O.” And the fast-casual One Mix served sliders “apparently made from the Manhattan schist displayed in a ground-floor entrance maze.” Read the whole thing for a wholehearted indictment of everything from the setting (marginal views for an attraction with one purpose) to the One White/Red house wines (the old World Trade Center had a proper wine bar).