Booze & Grub

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

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...
The Crosby

The Crosby

The first time we came to The Crosby was on a sunny Friday afternoon when it first opened. It was incredibly pleasant. And we learned what a frozé was from a ve...
Pete's Tavern

Pete’s Tavern

Pete's Tavern came into being when Abraham Lincoln was president. In the midst of The Civil War. I'm honestly trying to imagine someone way back then thinking "...
Tacoria - Montclair

Tacoria – Montclair

Bro tacos. Yes, that's a thing. And this comes as close to that paradigm as possible. Including the intentional misspelling of the word "taqueria." The angliciz...
Browns Bagels

Browns Bagels

Don't toast your fucking NY bagels. It's a travesty. The only acceptable toasting of bagels is if your kid orders one at a NJ diner or if the bagel is at least ...
The Brooklyneer

The Brooklyneer

I'm wondering if a celebration of Brooklyn culture is really needed in this day and age? And I'm not talking the 1910 days of Grandpa Hipster's Williamsburg, bu...