New York City

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...
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...
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 "...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...