Booze & Grub

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

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...
Costanera

Costanera

I can't say that I had a ton of experience with Peruvian anything before eating at Costanera. I think those dudes with the pan flutes at the Third Street Promen...
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...