Booze & Grub

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

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...
Uncle Boons

Uncle Boons

This place is bonkers and bananas and also bonkers. Or b 'n' b 'n' b for short. This Uncle Boon dude has hit on an idea that seems simple, but makes getting a t...
Carmine Street Beers

Carmine Street Beers

To call this a bar would be to mislead people who hang out in bars. It's more of a beer bodega with a little bar up front. Like if they served wine, it would be...
Aozora

Aozora

Yay, it's sushi. The go-to takeout food for all of us "metropolitan" types. Because, you know, real Americans don't eat that raw fish stuff. Bullshit, I say. I ...
Zeugma

Zeugma

Greece is the time, is the place, is the motion. Now, Greek is the way we are feeling. For dinner! Actually Zeugma is technically Mediterranean/Turkish and not ...
Quality Meats

Quality Meats

Quality Meats is a confusing joint right off the bat. It feels subterranean, but it's not really subterranean. Or is it? It's a steakhouse that feels more like ...
Fresco Da Franco

Fresco Da Franco

Church Street in Montclair is a lovely street. About as lovely as they come. But you always take your chances sitting outside. Especially in NJ, where every ass...
Las' Lap

Las’ Lap

Sometimes you just gotta go weird. If weird means planning a dinner for three at a restaurant that seats a grand total of eight at the two available dining tabl...