Booze & Grub

Reviews of New York City’s most popular (and least popular) bars and restaurants.

Hunan Slurp

Hunan Slurp

Generally you like your restaurants to have appetizing names. You know, names that evoke velvety richness, or hominess. Something nourishing or refreshing. Or e...
Miss Lily's 7A Cafe

Miss Lily’s 7A Cafe

I've been to Jamaica. I've been to Turks & Caicos. That doesn't make me special per se, but does mean that I've seen a jerk shack or two. Literally, though,...
Amor y Amargo

Amor y Amargo

Being a bar in NYC must be tough. First, there are like a million of them. Second, even when you think you have some sort of unique take on a bar, there are pro...
The Penny Farthing

The Penny Farthing

There are bars out there that you only end up in late at night and can't seem to recall with any type of sharp clarity. These are generally those pubs that are ...
Ess-a-Bagel

Ess-a-Bagel

Sometimes you just want a bagel. Sometimes you just want a sandwich on a bagel. And, yes, I know it's a controversial take to call anything on a bagel a "sandwi...
Omakasa - Midtown West

Omakasa – Midtown West

There's nothing like taking a real word and bastardizing it to name your business. In this case I have to assume that Omakasa is someone somewhere grabbing ...
Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

I feel like this is at least the second wine bar I've reviewed in the past couple months. And that, in any real world, would be two too many. Because that's jus...
Naya Mezze & Grill

Naya Mezze & Grill

This place is so unassuming on the outside, you'd never know the front doors would reveal some sort of space-aged Star Trek weirdness on the inside. Seriously, ...
Keens Steakhouse

Keens Steakhouse

Shouldn't it be Keen's Steakhouse, like with a possessive 's'? And who is this Keen dude? And why is he so obsessed with oldie timey churchwarden pipes? Like ob...
The Smith - Midtown

The Smith – Midtown

The Smith certainly didn't try too hard in the naming category. Especially considering there are four locations in NYC, including the East Village location whic...
La Cava

La Cava

Oh the wine bar. Ever so refined and genteel. Almost a rejection of everything that is masculine and Bud Light-ish. But, honestly, thank god these bastions of r...
Hudson Station Bar & Grill

Hudson Station

You know that place you duck into when it's raining really hard ands there's absolutely nothing else open and/or safe-looking in the immediate vicinity? Yeah, t...
Spuyten Duyvil

Spuyten Duyvil

It's like a party at your friend's shitty borough apartment. Because it's a bar in a shitty borough apartment. No, this bar is literally housed in what I assume...
Legasea

Legasea

There is nothing better than a pun-named seafood restaurant. But I would have gone with Something's Fishy or Don't Be Sailfish or Tide You Over. Not necessarily...
Drexler's

Drexler’s

Fancy doesn't usually fly in the East Village. Or maybe that's my 1995 brain talking. But, as it stands, Drexler's is certainly more on the fancy side than it i...
Avenida Cantina

Avenida Cantina

Who doesn't love a taco? Well, apparently like everyone online who has ever been to this joint. The reviews are just fucking brutal. One review site (which ...