Booze & Grub

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

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. “Mr….

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 long…

Zipper Factory

Zipper Tavern

[CLOSED] For some completely unknown reason this place reminds me of an old timey saloon. There is absolutely no reason why that should be, of…

Zesty

Zesty Pizzeria

[CLOSED] What can we say about Zesty? Actually, not much, as it’s just another take-out-type pizza place that’s too brightly lit and not particularly clean….

Zest

Zest

[CLOSED] Sometimes I order things that taste better than they sound on paper. Ordering the lemon chicken sandwich from Zest was just such an experience….

Zenith Vegetarian Cuisine

Zenith Vegetarian Cuisine

[CLOSED] A strange little man hands you your menu and, barely above a whisper, asks you if you’d like something to drink. This same man…

Zen Palate

Zen Palate

[CLOSED] These vegetarians are on to something. No, not really. Well, they’re on to two things: the sweet and sour sensation and the sesame medallions…

Zarela

Zarela

[CLOSED] Wow! The negative reviews for this place have been rolling in. Charges of food poisoning, one hour waits for lunches, rudeness and horrible food…

Zanzibar

Zanzibar

[CLOSED] Oh God, where do I start? (Sorry, this is my Erma Bombeck beginning…) I was dragged to this place by a buddy of mine…

Zablozki's

Zablozki’s

I think this is what Brooklyn had in mind when it decided to become the new Brooklyn. And Williamsburg decided to transition from the neighborhood…

Z Deli

Z Deli

You ain’t gonna see any linen napkins at this joint. Know why? There ain’t any tables. At this strictly take-out deli/bodega, you’ll find your typical…

Yura on Madison

Yura on Madison

Muffins and shit do not a restaurant make. I debated (with myself) on more than one occasion whether or not to even include this place…

Yura & Company

Yura & Company

[CLOSED] The average age of the crowd at Yura varies somewhere between 70 and six feet under. With more breathing tubes and walkers per capita…

Yummy Sishi

Yummy Sushi

Is there such a word as “nugglets?” I only ask because that’s what Yummy Sushi’s chicken teriyaki elicited from my skewed sense of culinary crockery….

Yoshinoya

Yoshinoya

[CLOSED] Now the Japanese are sending us their fast food crap. Yes, this is the McDonald’s of the land of the rising sun. Using all…

Yogi’s

Yogi’s

[CLOSED] We’re not quite sure what the obsession is with New Yorkers and redneck bars, but here is the UWS’ entry. Complete with a jukebox…

Yippie Yi Yo

Yippie Yi Yo

[CLOSED] We’ve walked by this joint a thousand times. To be honest, we walked by it not only because the name is completely retarded, but…

Yerba Buena Perry

Yerba Buena Perry

I wish I could say I actually ate something at this joint. The menu looked fun and delicious. That’s pure speculation, of course, but judging…

XR Bar

XR Bar

[CLOSED] What’s going on here? Good question. We’re not sure the proprietors of XR Bar know either. What’s with the fortuneteller? What’s with the weird…

Wu Liang Ye

Wu Liang Ye

What can we say about Midtown Chinese restaurants that hasn’t already been said? They’re fancy. They’re packed with dudes in suits. They’re overpriced. This isn’t…

Wrapsody

Wrapsody

[CLOSED] You easterners have this apprehension about eating anything called a wrap. You think it’ll make you soft, faggy and somehow align you with California-like…

Worldwide Gourmet Deli

Worldwide Gourmet Deli

[CLOSED] Calling this place gourmet is like calling a Buick Regal sporty; the claim is an obvious farce, but you ignore it and hope that…

Wonder Foods

Wonder Foods

[CLOSED] I guess if a sandwich could be a superhero, it would reside at Wonder Foods. This is more a commentary on the name than…