Booze & Grub

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

Leone's

Leone’s

Leone’s has been on Gordon Ramsay’s show, Kitchen Nightmares not once, but twice. If you haven’t seen that program, it entailed shouty chef Ramsay going into a ...
Houston Hall

Houston Hall

I have no idea if this place was once a garage or a stable or what, but it clearly wasn't always the German-like beer hall that it has become. Which, of course,...
DLV Lounge

DLV Lounge

One of the great mysteries in life is what the DLV in the DLV Lounge stands for. Also mysterious is why they call it a lounge. Because it is most definitely not...
Faubourg

Faubourg

The hope is that Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair will eventually be filled with restaurants opened by former Manhattan chefs. With lower rents and arguably better ...
Billy's Sports Bar

Billy’s Sports Bar

This is a terrible place. Like, seriously, it's a bar out of the worst Twilight Zone episode or poorly produced television show about low-rent drug culture in t...
Fedora

Fedora

There was a time in the early nineties when every white guy on earth thought he could get away with wearing dress headwear. I went out in 1990 and bought myself...
Dingbatz

Dingbatz

What's a little white supremacy music between friends? Well, if you listen to most people, a little nazi music is a little too much nazi music. But the bookers ...

Fool’s Gold

I can't help but feel a little insulted by the name of this place. Not so much insulted, I guess, but definitely confused why you would name your bar "Fool's Go...
Lotus Oriental Cuisine

Lotus Oriental Cuisine

First there was Chinatown East. And then there was some place called Seasons. That was followed by two local Chinese joints named Sesame and then Chengdu 1, bot...

Rutt’s Hut

This place is not only an institution, it kinda looks like one. If that institution was a bizarro 1970's time capsule built of linoleum, wood paneling and schma...
The Up & Up

The Up & Up

It's an ironic name (kind of like the mustache on that dude hanging in the doorway), but also a pun. Get it? It's a subterranean bar (the first "up) and "up" is...
The Halal Guys

The Halal Guys

Sorry, I know this cart (which is now an army of carts) is popular and supposedly one of the best, but to me it's straight garbage. Mass produced and inconsiste...
Boulton & Watt

Boulton & Watt

The last time I was in this space it was an awful mish-mash sports dive bar called Nice Guy Eddie’s. We spent an embarrassing number of hours in that joint way ...