Booze & Grub

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

Pete's Tavern

Pete’s Tavern

Pete's Tavern came into being when Abraham Lincoln was president. In the midst of The Civil War. I'm honestly trying to imagine someone way back then thinking "...
Tacoria - Montclair

Tacoria – Montclair

Bro tacos. Yes, that's a thing. And this comes as close to that paradigm as possible. Including the intentional misspelling of the word "taqueria." The angliciz...
Browns Bagels

Browns Bagels

Don't toast your fucking NY bagels. It's a travesty. The only acceptable toasting of bagels is if your kid orders one at a NJ diner or if the bagel is at least ...
The Brooklyneer

The Brooklyneer

I'm wondering if a celebration of Brooklyn culture is really needed in this day and age? And I'm not talking the 1910 days of Grandpa Hipster's Williamsburg, bu...
Chatni Indian Restaurant

Chatni Indian Restaurant

The history of Indian restaurants in Montclair is a bumpy one. They've come and gone. And then opened almost right next to each other only to disappear again. C...
Lucky Jack's

Lucky Jack’s

In all honesty, Lucky Jack's was not in any way our initial or planned last stop. It was a stop of convenience. A bar that looked safe in its complete lack of d...
Samba

Samba

Samba may not be the biggest restaurant on Earth. In fact, it may be one of the smallest. But that doesn't mean their food doesn't go big with Brazilian flavor!...
Arturo's Pizza

Arturo’s Pizza

The year was 1995. I was living on 85th Street between York and East End. A quiet block. A very quiet block. But one with a very special secret on its corner. A...
Just Jake's

Just Jake’s

There is a college in Montclair. Not surprisingly, it's called Montclair State. And like any college, it's filled with kids who like and need to drink. I believ...
Ramen Lab

Ramen Lab

I am ashamed that I've eaten very little in the way of ramen. My first experience was a mere eighteen months or so ago at Momofuku. So at least I had it somewhe...
Kai Yang

Kai Yang

I grew up eating a lot of Thai food. There was this place in Sherman Oaks, CA called Lanna Thai that I ate at constantly as a youngster that used to be a swimmi...

Bareburger – Montclair

I first had Bareburger at their Chelsea location back in the day. Ms. Hipster and I were in the middle of some modified paleo diet in front of a trip to Anguill...
Bloom

Bloom

Bloom is a restaurant on Bloomfield Ave. Just in case you were wondering where they got the insanely creative name. What happens if they move? Maybe they become...