Booze & Grub

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

Momofuku Ssam Bar

Momofuku Ssäm Bar

I’m still not sure I know what a ssäm is, but I assume it’s some Asian (possibly Korean) wrap type thing that involves meat,…

Quality Eats

Quality Eats

Quality Eats is kind of what mid-level New York eating is all about. It qualifies as a steakhouse because of the steak on its…

Draught 55

Draught 55

I’ll give you two guesses what street this joint sits on. Ok, I’ll give you no guesses (and I’ll even put the address down…

The Dutch

The Dutch

The Dutch is a joint that doesn’t try to be anything other than what it is. How’s that for a non-committal, god-awful intro to…

Cuba

Cuba

When I first attended a boozy brunch at Cuba we were not legally allowed to visit that country as Americans. And, honestly, I’m not…

Paradou

Paradou

[CLOSED] I don’t speak French. Like at all. I can hello and goodbye and thank you. Sort of. Otherwise it’s a giant mush of…

Hundred Acres

From the team that brought you Cookshop and Five Points (R.I.P.) comes my latest foray into the sustainable world of coziness. And, yes, Hundred Acres…

Carroll Place

Carroll Place

I somehow walked by Kenny’s Castaways probably around a million times in my early life and never went inside. Something about the joint repelled me….

Santina

Santina

I gotta admit that I was a little hesitant about coming to this place for more than a couple reasons. The first of which…

The Happiest Hour

The Happiest Hour

It’s not enough that I walk into work every day and feel goddamn ancient. Then I have to go to an early bird dinner…

Clarke's Standard - Midtown

Clarke’s Standard – Midtown

[CLOSED] Formerly the location of goodburger, P.J. Clarke’s decided to go into the same business and open an old-fashioned burger joint, complete with ice cream…

BXL East

BXL East

Hot damn the Belgians love their beer. I mean they probably love chocolate just as much, but this joint doesn’t trade in the sweet…

Tres Carnes

Tres Carnes (Midtown East)

I’m always a little skeptical of chain restaurants that claim to have this crazy process that makes their food unique. Tres Carnes claims slow-smoke…

Ofrenda

Ofrenda

Ms. Hipster is obsessed with the Day of the Dead. She loves the calavera, which is that Mexican sugar skull thing that you see…

Iona

Iona

My grandfather (b. 1910), who lived a good chunk of his adolescent and adult life in Williamsburg, would be thoroughly confused by this place….

Zucchero e Pomodori

Zucchero e Pomodori

This neighborhood needs another Italian restaurant like a Port Authority bathroom needs another strange smell. We’re not claiming this is the latest in a…