My name is Kevin Fitzpatrick and I'm an author and walking tour guide from the Upper West Side of Manhattan. See New York City the best way possible: on a walking tour with a licensed sightseeing guide. I have been leading walking tours of New York for more than 13 years. All five of my walks are unique and I have written and researched all of them myself. I'm the author of "A Journey into Dorothy Parker's New York" and "Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide." I co-edited "The Lost Algonquin Round Table."
A new book.
My new book was published on Tuesday by Lyons Press. Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide, is my collection of 75 speakeasy style recipes, and the stories behind each one. Sixty-five are classic drinks, such as the Bulldog, Gibson, Jack Rose, Stone Fence, Millionaire, and the Gin Rickey. It has stories about drinks named for celebrities of the era, such as Josephine Baker, Jack Dempsey, Ray Hitchcock, and Florenz Ziegfeld. The book has ten new recipes contributed by some of the best cocktail purveyors from New York to San Francisco.
The foreword is by Allen Katz. He is one of the founders of the New York Distilling Company, makers of Dorothy Parker American Gin. Allen is a wine and spirits industry veteran, and is an authority on cocktails. I’m so happy to have him in the book.
Early reviews have been fantastic. Under the Table was picked as one of the week’s top new books by Los Angeles Magazine, who said, “This book is for the boozy and bookish alike.” The book was featured today in the Huffington Post.
Here is a recipe from the book.
The Stone Fence
From: Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide by Kevin Fitzpatrick.
The Stone Fence dates to the Colonial period and was made by farmers in the winter using hard cider. This is the most common recipe, which uses brandy, just like Susan Hayward drinks it in Smashup: The Story of a Woman (screenplay co-written by Dorothy Parker), but substitutes apple cider for her rye.
Note: If you prefer, you can replace the brandy with applejack, bourbon, rum, rye, or Scotch. I used 1/2 brandy and 1/2 rye, and that worked very nicely. You can also substitute club soda for the cider. Makes: 1 drink
2 oz. brandy
½ oz. lemon juice
2 dashes Angostura bitters
fresh apple cider
1. Into a chilled old-fashioned glass filled with cracked ice, pour brandy and bitters.
2. Top with cider, and stir gently.
I have picked the dates for two of my most popular walking tours. They will be the last Saturday of the month, March-June. Schedule is below.
Walk #1: The Algonquin Round Table Walking Tour
The Algonquin Round Table comes alive in the only New York walking tour devoted to the famed literary group. The 2-hour walk celebrates Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, George S. Kaufman, Harpo Marx, Edna Ferber, Franklin P. Adams, Heywood Broun, Harold Ross, Robert Sherwood, Marc Connelly and the rest of the Vicious Circle. The tour begins and ends at the landmark Algonquin Hotel, 59 West 44th Street. The tour encompasses the Theatre District, Rockefeller Center, Times Square and Hell’s Kitchen. Guests will see the former homes, haunts and hangouts of the Vicious Circle of the 1920s. See where The New Yorker began, visit the spots where the speakeasies once stood, and walk in the footsteps of the legendary wits. There are more than 40 destinations on the tour; among them are places associated with the Vicious Circle: speakeasies, theaters, offices, homes and landmarks. Immediately following the walking tours guests have the option of having cocktails on the Upper West Side, or lunch at the Round Table in the hotel’s award-winning restaurant (cost of lunch separate).
Walk #2: Dorothy Parker’s Upper West Side Walking Tour
Visit Dorothy Parker’s neighborhood and walk in her footsteps to her former apartments, haunts, school and more. See one of the most beautiful and historic neighborhoods through the eyes of a young Dorothy Parker. Learn about the history of the Upper West Side, its architecture and development, all tied into the life of Mrs. Parker. See more than a dozen locations tied to Mrs. Parker, as well as see scores of local landmarks, architectural gems and historic sites. Dorothy Parker’s Upper West Side begins at Riverside Drive and West 72nd Street, at the statue of Eleanor Roosvelt. The Parker walking tour (20 blocks) takes in Riverside Park, Broadway, literary landmarks and architectural highlights.
Saturday March 30 Noon Algonquin Round Table Walking Tour
Saturday April 27 Noon Dorothy Parker’s Upper West Side
Saturday May 25 Noon Algonquin Round Table Walking Tour
Saturday June 29 Noon Dorothy Parker’s Upper West Side
Tickers are $20 each. More information and advance ticket sales can be found here.