New York City

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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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 "...
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...
Lucky Jack's

Lucky Jack’s

In all honesty, Lucky Jack's was not in any way our initial or planned last stop. It was a stop of convenience. A bar that looked safe in its complete lack of d...
Arturo's Pizza

Arturo’s Pizza

The year was 1995. I was living on 85th Street between York and East End. A quiet block. A very quiet block. But one with a very special secret on its corner. A...