Booze & Grub

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

Drexler's

Drexler’s

Fancy doesn't usually fly in the East Village. Or maybe that's my 1995 brain talking. But, as it stands, Drexler's is certainly more on the fancy side than it i...
Avenida Cantina

Avenida Cantina

Who doesn't love a taco? Well, apparently like everyone online who has ever been to this joint. The reviews are just fucking brutal. One review site (which ...
Point Break NYC

Point Break NYC

How in the ever loving hell could there be two bars in NYC that relate to a semi-classic surf  crime movie staring Keanu Reeves movie from 1991 (which was in tu...
The Summit Bar

The Summit Bar

There was a time when Avenue C was a place where you'd be more likely to score crack than a nice cocktail. I don't even know if crack is still a thing, but the ...
Momofuku Noodle Bar - NY

Momofuku Noodle Bar – NY

Momofuku, muthafucker! Yessiree, this is the original restaurant in the Momofuku empire. Ok, calling it an empire is a little over-the-top, but this is the supe...
Holiday Cocktail Lounge

Holiday Cocktail Lounge

I've probably walked by this Hobbit-lookin' dump a thousand times in my wanderings over the past twenty years. The bar's exterior kind of looks like the outside...
Root & Bone

Root & Bone

I will admit that I was not entirely sober when I ate at Root & Bone. Granted, these days that may have meant that I got within five feet of a cocktail or m...
King of Falafel and Shawarma Cart

King of Falafel and Shawarma Cart

With Midtown East now littered with more Halal carts than roaches, the trick is finding the decent ones among the pretenders. The first thing you do is eliminat...
The Stag's Head

The Stag’s Head

I'm generally a fan of bar-like bars. I mean, I love a dive more than anything, but a close second is a bar that purports to be nothing more than a bar. No gimm...
Sidecar at PJ Clarke's

Sidecar at P.J. Clarke’s

AKA, where white people bring clients in order to look semi-pretentious and give the sense that a $27 burger and an iceberg wedge simulate exclusivity. But, in ...
Barcade New York

Barcade New York

Barcade is like every nerd's dream, but with lots of beers on tap. The question is, what nerds are they trying to serve? Arcades aren't a thing that the presuma...
Little Collins

Little Collins

When I think of Australia it conjures all sorts of things. Sharks. Spiders. Boomerangs. Kangaroos. The Great Barrier Reef. Walkabouts. Learning "Waltzing Matild...
Berreria

Birreria

There's nothing like reviewing a beer garden in the dead of winter. Though calling Birreria a beer garden is a bit of a misnomer, despite all outward appearance...
Zum Schneider

Zum Schneider

There were decades of my life in which I never considered eating German food. I thought of it as nothing but sausages and sauerkraut. It turns out I wasn't that...
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 know — hard to believe! Now it'...
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 it's S...