Booze & Grub

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

Dig Inn - Union Square

Dig Inn – Union Square

Options in the Flatiron and Union Square area used to be slim. In fact, back in the day, Union Square was a complete shithole. I…

Dos Caminos - Third Avenue

Dos Caminos – Third Avenue

Not to be confused with Dos Toros, or even Tres Carnes, Dos Caminos is Spanish for “Two Sweatsocks.” Wait, what? Sorry, Google translate fail. Apparently…

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, rice…

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 menu,…

Omar’s Mediterranean Cuisine

Omar’s Mediterranean Cuisine

If you want the quintessential Midtown Manhattan lunchtime experience, take your khakis on over to Omar’s. You won’t be alone, as you stand in long…

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 at…

Dos Toros

Dos Toros Taqueria – 54th & Lex

Dos Toros looks every bit the modern taqueria. From their well-hued logo to the rustic, yet modern wood thing going on with their exterior, the…

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 a…

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 even…

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 vowels…

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 isn’t…

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. Maybe…

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 was…

J.G. Melon Greenwich Village

J.G. Melon – Greenwich Village

I was last at a J.G. Melon — obviously the original Upper East Side location — back when a burger was just something you got…

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 for…

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 and…

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 stuff….

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 awesomeness…

The Breslin Bar & Kitchen

The Breslin Bar and Dining Room

Stylized to within an inch of its life, The Breslin is a bar and restaurant built for hangovers and dares. Any place that features this…

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 all…

Loreley

Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten

It’s always a bummer not getting the true flavor of a place because you’re stuck partying in the basement. In this case, I’m being extremely…