Food & drink

Rosé Essentials

This is the local cuvée of the South of France. Made for the locals, to be enjoyed by the locals. Now thanks to duncan quinn, it's your turn to enjoy as well.

Dark Cove: Single Malts for the Sinner in All of Us

There’s something dark going on in Scotland. Dark and delicious that is. We’re talking two new single malts from Islay, of course, land of the smokiest whiskies in the world, courtesy of two of our favorite distilleries.

Hennessy 8: 250 Years, 8 Generations and $40,000

No one has yet dared to do what the famed house of Hennessy has just pulled off – produce a spirit so rare in a package so beautiful it’s literally the world’s most expensive and exclusive cognac before a drop has even been poured.

Scents & Sensibility

When it comes to gent’s grooming products with a royal pedigree, it’s hard to top Penhaligon’s, the London manufacturer of “toilet requisites” established in 1870...

Wee, sleekit, cowran, tim’rous beastie!

Thankfully, under the watchful eyes of the Scotch Gods, this year’s Burns supper celebration was scheduled a week after the big nor’easter blizzard. The intimate black tie affair for 45 was held at the quaint and charming Resto.

More Champagne Please…

It’s rare that something truly new comes along in the champagne world — since those crafty Benedictine Monks first came up with the idea of sparkling wine in the 1500s. But Möet & Chandon’s new ultra-luxury prestige cuvée MCIII aims to be a game-changer...

Message In a Bottle:

Celebrating 225 Years of Great Port with Sandeman: In 1790 a young Scotsman named George Sandeman decided to start selling fortified wine from Portugal. 225 years of great Port followed, with Sandeman becoming the brand of choice for English gentlemen...

One for the Road

Rolls-Royce is offering 15 of its well-heeled customers the chance to be very happy campers indeed with the chance to commission one of its new, retro-inspired and totally toast-worthy bespoke cocktail hampers.

Celestial Wines

Unconventional, mysterious and edgy, Sean Thackrey wines have quite a cult following. Mr. Thackrey himself is also somewhat an elusive, renegade type figure which only adds to the mystique...

Frankly Miami

To celebrate Sinatra’s 100th birthday this December, the luxury tower is inaugurating a series of special events covering a full hundred days, culminating with a live performance by an as-yet-unnamed celeb on December 12th...

Champagne Century

Tasting a Hundred Years of Krug: There are exactly four bottles of unbelievably precious Krug 1915 left in the entire world. With the will to write a sizable check and some pretty snappy work with a paddle the chance to pop one of them open could be yours.

Champagne Safari

We’re setting course for Mexico City where some culinary magic is about to take place aided and abetted by our favorite bubbly, the incomparable Maison Krug.

East of Eden

Miami’s Regent Cocktail Club Comes to Montauk. Ask DQ where to get a truly well-made cocktail in the morass of Miami Beach and odds are we’ll direct you to the Regent Cocktail Club in the Gale Hotel, as gentlemanly a spot as you could hope to find.

Dining with Princes and Pirates

The best way to do Monaco Grand Prix is to pirate yourself aboard a sailing yacht, and let DQ Privée wave its magic wands and treat you to one of the best experiences of your life.

Blood Orange French 75

A rakish look calls for an elegant rakish cocktail. Let me suggest a Blood Orange French 75.

Toasting the Ploughman Poet: Robert Burns

Even by today’s standards, the famed Scottish poet Robert Burns lived a very fast life. Also known as the Ploughman Poet, he fathered numerous illegitimate children and had too many love affairs to count.

A Gem in the Med

It’s always good to have a few tricks up your sleeve. For the Brits amongst us, the old “pair of aces… aaaaaannnnd another pair of aces” à la Del Boy of Only Fools and Horses fame is always a good one.


Every now and again I am lucky enough to be extended an unusual invite. One which immerses me in a pool of talent and knowledge crafted over generations.


What better way to arrive for a dinner built around the wines consumed by James Bond in “Goldfinger” than an Aston Martin.

Super duper tuscan wine dinner

Is it a wise idea to hand a loaded rifle to a drunken (albeit very well dressed) man? If the wine is sublime and the suit is snazzy, and of course its all within the right context, the answer is always YES!


I try to be generous. I skip a few days here and there. I don’t count them. I’m sure there are days when I was sick, or when there was no gin. In the interest of fairness, I should shave a few days off each year for that.


Considering how much bubbly (and specifically Krug) I’ve guzzled down in the last few years, months, weeks, days... I should know a little bit more about the special suds, but alas my expertise in the subject is somewhat limited to just consumption.

Old School Cocktails

Old school also translates better with cocktails. Unless you have a Scottsman Nugget Ice Maker or a Snoopy Snow Cone Machine from the 80’s, the best crushed ice for highball and swizzle cocktails is made by hand in a Lewis Bag.

Super Duper Tuscan

Getting to Biserno is an exercise in orienteering. And not just because of the dirt roads, streams and cypress lined tracks which lead you there. Because its not on the GPS.


Bespoke -O-Clock

What were the bright young things
wearing in Miami?

duncan quinn bespoke, of course.

Miami Heat

Bespoke Cocktail-O-Clock.
My favorite moment? the first sip of the chocolate-
expresso cocktail handed to me by Elayne Duff
towards the end of the evening. For some reason
it just tasted right. The right amount of wrong
sort of right.

Burns Night

As you already know, its any excuse for a party at duncan quinn. But some excuses are rather better than others. Burns Night being one of them.

Fancy Pants Party Bus

Normally for me, or most people for that matter - the idea of drinking on a bus sends shivers up anddown my spine. Cheap plastic cups, non-vintage “booze” and comingling with the general population equals my idea of social purgatory.

Cask Chronicles III

As we pulled into the warehouse in Bushwick the awaiting crew jumped on and started tearing her apart. For sometimes one must destroy to create.

Cask Chronicles II

Before we could begin what is to go down in DQ lore as the craziest extravaganza yet, we had to get our newly aquired, but very old, 1966 Bristol Lodekka double decker bus from Miami to New York.

Cask Chronicles I

If I'd known then what I knew now I'd probably have decided that I was insane as most people I discussed it with told me I was. Everyone who owned one of these things told me they were a nightmare.

A Not-So Secret Addiction

When a person is addicted to something, it usually involves a negative connotation - hush hush gossip, shunned by friends, followed by eventual intervention and rehabilitation to get the person off of said substance.

Electric Lady Studios

In 1968, Jimi Hendrix and his manager Michael Jeffery invested jointly in the purchase of a small club hidden in the basement of a non-descript building in New York City's Greenwich Village.

The Eleventh bottle

A couple of days after the most recent installment of our Eleventh Bottle dinner series we received a thank-you note from one of our regular female attendees.  She had decided that an Oscar Wilde quote was fitting to sum up the occasion.  And we don't disagree.

The Krug House

There are few men who venture to leave a stable existence with consistent financial rewards and the security of a hard won position.  Especially with the responsibilities of a family.

Any Game Chicken Wings

Even if you’re not an avid sports fan, we can all appreciate the simple all-American goodness that is the chicken wing. Haute cuisine is it not, but they are pretty damn good with some cold beers. There’s nothing worse...


A gentleman knows, and is proud, of his heritage. He recognizes himself as one in a long line of paterfamilias, and views himself as a keeper and pedagogue of family traditions, stories, and heirlooms.

A Guide to barbarian Dinning

After another seemingly long absence, I was finally able to update my beau on some recent career changes. I suppose 10+ years on wall street doing bond sales can bring out a certain hardened characteristic better suited to a construction site or dockyard.

Hospices de Quinn

In August 1443 a serendipitous twist of fate set in motion a series of events which led to a debauched duncan quinn Eleventh Bottle dinner in August 2012. It took 569 years for the stars to align. But it was worth the wait.

Table Tactics

Being a bon vivant means enjoying the best that life has to offer.  And many times, that comes in the form of a great meal. But that great meal is not always easy to order. As with most things in life, things worth...


Aperitifs and digestifs are the drinks that serve as the book ends to your evening. Aperitifs open the palette up in anticipation of the meal and digestifs help digest it. Campari is my personal favorite aperitif...

The Devil is in the details

The other night, I was drinking with Satan (named so for his cocktail choice of a Satan’s Circus, a potent libation of rye, thai bird chili-infused Aperol, cherry herring, and lemon) and a group of other...

Ode to ol’ blue eyes: Classic Meatballs

If you haven’t noticed, we are in the midst of a meatball revolution. Restaurants dedicated solely to these delectable creatures are popping up all over the city. Forget mac n cheese or the gourmet burger, people are going mad for the romantic allure of Nonna’s meatballs.

Post Coital Late Night Vampire Sarnies

We (the “DQ” crew) have a musically inclined DJ friend who is a modern day Austin Powers – a true man about town / rock and roll ladies man who just exudes that Brit charm.

License to kill

Vesper Lynd. A woman enticing enough to not only get into James Bond's bed, but also the only one to capture (and break) his heart. Vesper was born on a "dark and stormy" evening, and to commemorate that night, her parents named her after the...


Wine rockstar Sean Thackrey shows us how its done We're pretty fond of the scene in "Withnail & I" where the two main protagonists sit in a rural cafe clearly three sheets to the wind while demanding ...

Dance with the one that brough you: The Manhattan

I only drink on two occasions: when I’m thirsty and when I’m not. [1] And on both of those occasions, my go-to drink is the Manhattan, a classic cocktail that is easy in its formulation but complicated in its perfection.

New York’s Best New Bar

I get to see a lot of new restaurants and bars in my line of work as a photographer, but few really stand alone as places I'm desperate to revisit after I have put my equipment down.

Dim SUM Hawaii FIVE-o Style

I can't say I'm the all seeing eye when it comes to Dim Sum, but my taste buds have done the global rounds from three star Enoteca Pinchiore in Florence to anonymous roadside lomitos in Patagonia.


I’m always amazed by the amount of crappy, useless bar products out in the market. I want to show you what you need to start your own little mixing lab with and how to do it right.

Timeless Madeira

Madeira is timelessly unique in many ways, as it is one of the original styles of fortified wines, made in the same way for centuries by aging casks in the roofs of straw huts on the tiny island of Madeira off the coast of Africa.


Bungalow 4 at Chateau Marmont is rumored to have been one of Frank Sinatra’s favorite spots, and still exudes that old Hollywood charm. The 2-bedroom bungalow is decorated impeccably in that sleek...