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…

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….

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…

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?…

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…

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”…

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…

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…

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?…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…