Booze & Grub

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

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 the bottom of this review) and jus...
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 brand feels, ess...
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 restaurant review? So, Mr. Hips...
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 sure if we're necessari...
Paradou

Paradou

I don't speak French. Like at all. I can say hello and goodbye and thank you. Sort of. Otherwise it's a giant mush of vowels to me. I would be in big troubl...

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 is...
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 it's ...
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 its location. It is literally at th...
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 on a paper plate with an American...
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 a drink and a burger and have to be bomb...
Clarke's Standard - Midtown

Clarke’s Standard – Midtown

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...
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. Instead this hole-in-t...
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 many parts of the pig fr...
The Pony Bar

The Pony Bar

This joint has a seriously classic look. A long wooden bar with wooden bar stools lines one side of the narrow space, with low tables on the other. The floo...
Wilfie & Nell

Wilfie & Nell

A bar built for a Hobbit. Like as in the Shire. That's the first thing that came to mind when I walked in already buzzing to this very cozy wood and brick space...