Fly High In NYC With These Seven Tasting Flights

While some like sharing an assortment of small plates to get a taste of the offerings at a restaurant or bar, we prefer checking out the drinks.

Now, you can sample a bunch of different sips, thanks to these creative Tasting Flights – highlighting everything from wine to sake to boozy desserts! – at spots all around NYC.

Tequila Flight at Añejo

Tequila Dessert flight at Añejo

Fill in the blank. Te: ( ) Amo, (x) Quila. Right answer. Taste tequila with dessert in both Hell’s Kitchen or TriBeCa. For $18, choose the Postre dessert flight featuring woody Riazul Anejo aged in French oak; smooth Tanteo Cocoa infused with chocolate; thick 1921 Crema blended with cream – think eggnog; and smokey Del Maguey Crema de Mezcal combined with agave. Take pleasure in all three desserts listed: Churros with dark chocolate and dulce de leche; Tres Leches topped with toasted fluff; and Flan soaked in tequila caramel. Only $9 a pop, and well worth it for him and her. Both locations,, @anejonyc

Whiskey Flight at Rarities

Whiskey Flight at Rarities

Channel Chuck Bass – no, really – at Lotte New York Palace. Hidden on the hotel’s mezzanine level stands Rarities, an intimate, 25-seat lounge with a menu of extraordinary Champagnes, pre-prohibition bottled spirits and a “connoisseur’s wine cellar.” Join Wine and Beverage Director Justin Lorenz through several types of whiskey tasting flights…if you have $65 to $250 to spare (or a sugar mama). Understand and enjoy the different styles, barrel selection and aging of rare whiskies. Swirl, sniff, then sip the American Bourbon flight highlighting smooth George T. Stagg, 15-year bourbon; oak-y Jefferson’s Presidential Select, 21-year bourbon; and fiery Elijah Craig, 23-year bourbon. FYI: Reservations only via discreet entrance near the courtyard. Memberships available. Lotte New York Palace, 455 Madison Ave., 917-202-8379,, @newyorkpalace

Vodka Flight at the Russian Tea Room

Vodka Flights at Russian Tea Room

Right on time: the renowned Russian Tea Room is celebrating its 90th birthday in Midtown. Come in for caviar and three (or four) different Russian vodkas like Karlsson’s Gold; Jewel of Russia; Wild Berry Skyy; and Stolichnaya. Only .75 oz. of hard clearness for $26, or $30 if you take the last smack. Take in the gaudy decor, and take a selfie near the coat check. That’s where Madonna worked before she found fame. #FunFact 150 W. 57th St, 212-581-7100,, @russiantearoom

Cocktail Flight at The Stinger

Cocktail Flight at the Stinger

Chef Todd English’s buzzy hotel spot, The Stinger, offers everything from large format punch bowls to 2 oz. tasting flights of first-class cocktails. Fly in to sip any three of nine signature craft cocktails for $18. We recommend the Barbee Doll; Good Old Times; and The Killer Bee (Pictured). Mix it up with the mezze tasting including baba ganoush, hummus, marinated veggies and grilled naan for dipping. InterContinental New York Times Square, 300 W. 44th St, 212-803-4545,, @thestingernyc

Beer Flight at BarBacon

Beer Flight at BarBacon

Have all the beer, pig-out here, literally… Making decisions can be tough, but when there’s an option to taste it all, TASTE IT ALL. At BarBacon, meat-lovers can order a tasting flight of four types of artisanal bacon paired with four 5oz. craft beers for the ultimate indulgence. Yeah, see you there… And bring $20. 836 9th Ave., 646-362-0622,, @bar_bacon

Wine Flight at Corkbuzz

Wine Flights at Corkbuzz

Wine (flights) at its finest. Sommelier Laura Maniec should be rewarded (again) for her interesting pour and eclectic bites at Corkbuzz. The bustling wine bar, restaurant and educational center – with locations in Chelsea Market and Union Square – provides a range of premium wines from all regions – California, South America, France and Italy to name a few. Let the somms surprise you with the Sommelier’s Selection flight for $16. That is, three wines chosen by the Sommelier team, changed daily. Select different cheeses to complement the vino. Both locations, Chelsea Market & Union Square,, @corkbuzzwine

Sake Flight at Natsumi Tapas

Flights are faultless when tasting tapas. At Natsumi Tapas, gastro-entrepreneur Barbara Matsumura (Haru) presents Japanese-Italian fusion cuisine in a sleek restaurant, bar and lounge. Opt for a sake flight – over the lengthy list of martinis – to the taste the dynamic flavors of four in-house, Japanese sakes. Sake flights are available daily at $14, and vary based on the bartender’s preference but typically include two rich and dry, and two sweet and pleasant sakes. Infused sakes such as blueberry, pear, lychee and plum are gettable, too. Pro-tip: Sample the sake flight before ordering a carafe for two, or bottle for four. And, order up a storm! Make the Spicy Blue-Crab Flatbread one (of four plates). Don’t pass on the Beef Meatball Taster featuring three sauces, medley of basil pesto teriyaki, spicy scallion marinara and parmesan cream. There will be regret. 323 3rd Ave. at E. 24th St, 212-889-2182,, @natsumitapas

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