Booze & Grub

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

Village Vanguard

Village Vanguard

Okay, we understand this is one of the most famous jazz clubs in the world, but is that any reason to completely take advantage of…

Village Ma

Village Ma

[CLOSED] We didn’t technically eat here. We didn’t technically drink here. We do know that they don’t appreciate people barfing in their bathroom, though. Don’t…

Village Idiot

Village Idiot

[CLOSED] Became: Gin Lane You know a bar must really have something going for it if it can make hour after hour of country music…

Village 38

Village 38

I’ll have the napalm panini, please. Oh, sorry, that’ Village 26. Perhaps I’ll take the John McCain kebab. What, they don’t have that either? Perhaps…

Village

Village

[CLOSED] Anybody who tells you stars are just normal people like you and me has obviously never sat next to Patricia Clarkson at a restaurant….

Victory Cafe

Victory Cafe

[CLOSED] “Victory is a loser” is the frequent comment received for this upper east American bruncher, where eggs are served “hot off the floor” and…

Vespa

Vespa

[CLOSED] A crowded little Italian place on the UES. Sound familiar? It is. The funny thing is, we never get sick of decent, mid-priced pasta….

Vero Wine Bar Uptown

Vero Wine Bar Uptown

Vero is a funky little place. Not funky in an East Village kind of way, but funky in an Upper East Side, girls in designer…

Valhalla

Valhalla

Its name says Valhalla, but its interior reads more like an empty Crate & Barrel showroom or minimalist model condo. There’s just entirely too much…

V Bar & Cafe

V Bar & Cafe

Sure I may be kind of old to hang out in a bar this close to NYU, but when has that ever stopped me? Shit,…

University Place Restaurant

University Place Restaurant

[CLOSED] Sometimes you can be surprised, even by a Greek diner. Chef whoeverapopolis serves a mean buffalo burger and takes care to cook his burgers…

Union Square Cafe

Union Square Cafe

[CLOSED] I worked right across the street from this place for like two years. I watched people from my offices’ window eat burgers and whatnot…

Union Bar

Union Bar

[CLOSED] Union Bar is funny. We’ve never had a particularly good time there, yet we continue to go there. Whoever said location, location, location really…

Under the Volcano

Under the Volcano

[CLOSED] Named after a 1980’s movie about a bunch of munchkins who take over a hotel… What? That’s Under the Rainbow? Ha, sorry. Named after…

Uncle Nick’s on 9th Ave

Uncle Nick’s on 9th Ave

No, not that Uncle Nick. He’s still serving ten to twelve in Joliet for trading jevenille “erotica” through e-mail with several men in Peoria. This…

Uncle Gussy's

Uncle Gussy’s

I’m not sure what’s up with Greeks and their Uncles. In fact the whole uncle concept is kind of creepy. There was a time when…

Typhoon Brewery

Typhoon Brewery

[CLOSED] is now:¬†Papillon Bistro & Bar Surprisingly upscale, this brewery is one step above your typical city brewpub. Decorated in that weird early nineties fashion…

Two Boots Bleecker

Two Boots – Bleecker (To Go-Go)

[CLOSED] Two Boots is way dangerous to eat while you’re drunk. Normally all you have to worry about with regular pizza is the hot cheese…

Two Boots – Rockefeller Center

Two Boots – Rockefeller Center

[CLOSED] Mmmm boots. Wow, that steak tasted like and old boot. I think I’m gonna boot. I’m gonna shove my boot so far up your…

Two Boots – Grand Central

Two Boots – Grand Central

[CLOSED] This is one of those pizza places that you either love or hate. Pizza purists might scowl at the Cajun-style, thin, crisp crust and…

Tuscan Square

Tuscan Square

[CLOSED] Sandwiches as long as a baby’s arm–and almost as tasty. But like all baby-arm eaters, you’re gonna pay, and pay dearly. The amazing turkey…

Turtle Bay

Turtle Bay Grill & Lounge

Is a place really a grill if nobody eats there? Is a place really a lounge if there is absolutely no lounging going on? Regardless…

Tupelo

[CLOSED] Sometimes those accidental finds turn out to be the best places around. I certainly had no expectations when I ducked into this little hole…