Booze & Grub

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

McGee's Pub

McGee’s Pub

I've never seen How I Met Your Mother. But, after visiting this bar — which they claim was the inspiration for the bar in the show — I have to figure that it wa...
Cheng Du 23

Cheng Du 23

There is nothing like mall Chinese food. You have your Panda Express and something with the word 'Wok' in it... Yeah, I've never eaten mall food court Chinese. ...
The Tippler

The Tippler

It seems I'd been to The Tippler once before. The basement space, decorated like a Baz Luhrmann film, is very memorable. Yet my memory failed me. It was vaguely...
The Crosby

The Crosby

The first time we came to The Crosby was on a sunny Friday afternoon when it first opened. It was incredibly pleasant. And we learned what a frozé was from a ve...
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...