Booze & Grub

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

Cuban Pete's

Cuban Pete’s

Look, man, I don't know if this joint is racist. I mean, I don't know if the owner, Cuban Pete, is racist. There was certainly some online chatter to that effec...
Lucy's

Lucy’s

A classic East Village dive by any definition, Lucy's has been a mainstay in the neighborhood for three or so decades now. A joint that is seemingly down-and-ou...
Beyond Pita

Beyond Pita

Why so angry? Seriously. You run a customer-based service, yet you treat your customers as though they're an inconvenience. You, like the Krauser's a couple doo...
La Nacional

La Nacional

La Nacional is definitely one of the more confusing restaurants in NYC. I think it was a social club for Spaniards and then maybe it was the cafeteria for them....
Vanillamore

Vanillamore

Vanillamore is a funny place. It's a restaurant that looks like a cafe whose namesake is essentially dessert-based. But those thinking all they can do is desser...
Yakiniku Gen

Yakiniku Gen

Sometimes there are places you just can't help but walk in to. Like this subterranean joint, Yakiniku Gen, which advertises Japanese barbecue. I mean eating und...
The Central Bar

The Central Bar

A generic bar name for a generic sports bar. Seems fitting. Because someone actually sat around thinking about his life's ambition and made the decision to call...
Fin

Fin Raw Bar and Kitchen

We've come to Fin several times over the years. When it first opened. Once a couple years in. And then maybe once again son after. The good news is, the first t...
Murray's Cheese

Murray’s Cheese

Cheese, glorious cheese! Workin' on my night cheese. Extolling the wonders of curdled cow, goat and sheep's milk is as old as the world itself. And no place in ...
Casa Piquin

Casa Piquin

There's nothing like subterranean Mexican. And, no, that's not like a Oaxacan or Yucatán thing. I mean Mexican food literally served below ground. As in Meixcan...
McGee's Pub

McGee’s Pub

I've never seen How I Met Your Mother. But, after visiting this bar — which they claim was the inspiration for the bar in the show — I have to figure that it wa...
Cheng Du 23

Cheng Du 23

There is nothing like mall Chinese food. You have your Panda Express and something with the word 'Wok' in it... Yeah, I've never eaten mall food court Chinese. ...
The Tippler

The Tippler

It seems I'd been to The Tippler once before. The basement space, decorated like a Baz Luhrmann film, is very memorable. Yet my memory failed me. It was vaguely...