Bar

The Springs

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Overview:

Greenpoint, Brooklyn bar and patio serving cocktails, craft beer and casual food indoors and outdoors.

Information:

Address: 224 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Phone: (347) 227-7114

Neighborhood: Greenpoint

https://www.thespringsbklyn.com/

Price: $$


 

The Flower Shop

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Overview:

You'll find The Flower Shop on Eldridge Street, wedged between bodywork parlors, dumpling shops and beauty salons. The venue is mostly known for it's downstairs bar which has turned into a scene on weekends but the upstairs also provides dining options and an additional bar. The 70's decor is fantastic, with a cool grandma's house/old time parlor vibe complete with wood paneled walls and vintage wallpaper. The crowd varies by time and day but it's a great place to grab a drink or have weekend brunch. 

Information:

Address: 107 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

Phone: (212) 257-4072

Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Price: $$$


 

Nobody is Perfect

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Overview:

Nobody's Perfect is the 3rd restaurant from the team behind 2 other neighborhood spots, Pardon My French and Chou Chou. This is a tough location, as it is the 5th restaurant in this space in 10 years. The current owners have done a magnificent job decorating the sprawling space and making it feel inviting in spite of its large size. The design is industrial chic with tons of decorative tile, hard wood and exposed brick. The menu is mainly Italian with signature dishes like whole roasted chicken and carbonara which arrives in a hollowed-out wheel of pecorino. Starters like calamari, meatballs and burrata are all under $14. They also serve a list of pizzas that come from their central wood fired oven. Bottomless brunch is served on weekends for $30 but be forewarned it's cash only. 

Information:

Address:  235 E 4th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (646) 869-1469

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$-$$$


 

Fort Defiance

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Overview:

Fort Defiance is an all day neighborhood spot serving up breakfast, lunch, brunch & dinner. The vintage-inspired setting sort of reminds you of Cheers by way of Brooklyn, where everybody knows your name. Classic cocktails pair with seasonal American dishes like deviled eggs, watermelon & feta salad, and smoke trout. The sandwiches are excellent, particularly the muffaletta or the simple cheeseburger made with ground chuck on a brioche bun. Nice little neighborhood hang. 

Information:

Address:  365 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Phone:  (347) 453-6672

Neighborhood: Red Hook

Price: $$-$$$


 

Suprema Provisions

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Overview:

Oh man, if this place isn't just the cutest thing that ever happened to me. Suprema Provisions is part restaurant and part gourmet market with imported Italian ingredients, cookbooks and fancy kitchen tools. Grab cheese and cured meats to go from their salumeria or stay and dine in the wine bar. The rustic space is sprawling, encompassing two storefronts with entrances on both Bleecker and 7th Ave. The dine in menu is ample with  small plates and exemplary salumi & cheese boards. Savory dishes include Neapolitan meatballs, uni & crab fettuccine, and braised octopus with olives & polenta. The sleeper on the menu is their unbelievable burger consisting of short rib, brisket, iberico jamon, bacon jam, and black garlic sauce. This is the perfect spot for a date night or a leisurely lunch of charcuterie and wines chosen by sommelier Joshua Wesson.  

Information:

Address 305 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Phone: (646) 964-4994

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$ -$$$


 

Tiny's & The Bar Upstairs

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Overview:

Tiny's is as promised- a tiny space with a bar upstairs. The historical 1810 bi-level Tribeca townhouse features 3 small dining rooms and a cozy bar on the second level. Guests may dine for breakfast, lunch or dinner in the rustic & warm environment featuring tons of white washed brick and tin ceilings. Everyone inside is cooler than me, probably wearing a floppy hat. They offer an extremely solid menu of comfort food with a lot of unexpected twists.  The food reflects Modern American cuisine with Southern and French influences. You can satisfy a plethora of cravings with dishes like saffron mussels, burrata, cavatelli and Hudson Valley duck. The absolute standout dish is the quinoa crisp with chorizo, poached egg and chili aioli. Great if you want a casual meal with a relaxed vibe. 

Information:

Address: 135 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Phone:   (347) 294-4786

Neighborhood: Tribeca

Price: $$


 

Casa Apicii  


Overview:

Tucked inside a townhouse on residential 9th street lays a pretty magnificent surprise. You'd never guess that inside is a glamorous, chic restaurant with 2 story high ceilings, velvet gold chairs and towering chandeliers. The menu is seasonal, regional Italian cooking. The vegetable heavy antipasti section offers a lot to choose from like cauliflower with sicilian pesto, snap peas, and burrata. The star is the pasta and there are 7 options like fresh tagliatelle, bucatini, and strozzapreti. The surroundings are opulent but the food feels comforting. The second floor houses a hip speakeasy featuring aperitivo-based and classic cocktail recipes. I highly recommend you go to immediately.

Information:

Address: 62 W 9th St, New York, NY 10011

Phone:  (212) 353-8400

Neighborhood: Greenwich Village

Price: $$$


 

Ms. Yoo


Overview:

Ms. Yoo is a new club/restaurant from the owner of the always delicious Mokbar, Esther Choi. Choi named the place after her grandmother and the sleek space features a dining room, beautifully decorated bar, and large club space on the second level. The food is contemporary Korean gastropub fare. The snacks are addictive like nori popcorn, honey butter chips and squid fries. Choi makes an insanely gluttonous 10oz. burger smothered in kimchi bacon onion jam & american cheese. Finally, her take on mac & cheese is brilliant subbing out Korean rice cakes for noodles.  Portions are large and the food is heavy, so it's best to share as you make your way through their list of craft cocktails. 

Information:

Address: 163 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

Phone: (917) 261-2490

Neighborhood: Lower East Side   

Price: $$-$$$


 

Zadie's Oyster Room


Overview:

The space at 413 E 12th has been a bit cursed for restaurants but Zadie's may be the one to finally stick. The tiny tin ceilinged, rustic space features just a hand full of tables and a bar. The menu is also small but offers a lot in the way of creativity. Oysters are served 7 different ways including poached, broiled, fried, pickled, and of course raw. The baked version is particularly delicious with seaweed butter, egg, prosciutto and leeks. Other bites include a tuna melt and caesar salad. It's a cute neighborhood spot with an extremely affordable wine list. 

Information:

Address:   413 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (646) 602-1300

Neighborhood: East Village  

Price: $$-$$$


 

Bounce Sporting Club


Overview

Truthfully I had never been here sober before. I have spent several long late nights drinking at Bounce, so I decided to check it out as a sober person in the day time. It has everything you want from a sports bar. Lots of tv's, wide open space, hot waitresses wearing next to nothing. If that isn't your thing, try the life size Connect Four and Jenga games. The food is craveable bar food. All the major players are represented- pigs in a blanket, mac n' cheese bites, wings, and nachos.  If you are looking for something more substantial check out the burger or flatbread. The space is large so it is great for groups or meeting guys in suits just getting off of work (which is really my only real priority). 

Information:

Address  55 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010

Phone:  (212) 675-8007

Neighborhood: Flatiron

Website:  http://bounceny.com/

Price: $$

Good for: groups, happy hour, bar scene, bar food, sports 


 

Sons of Essex


Overview

My world will never tire of Lower East Side bars with a dope playlist and good cocktails. To find the entrance of SoA you will walk through an unassuming coffee shop which hides a massive bar space. I'd describe the interior os prohibition-era hip - ie tons of reclaimed wood and leather bound books. Once inside there will be hoards of girls in the club-esque space swaying to 90's hip hop. The menu is shockingly good for a place that I didn't realize served food (I'm drunk a lot, so sue me). They offer a good mix of super craveable comfort food like short rib tacos, chicken pot pie, and a juicy burger. Their truffle mac & cheese is like crack; I'd stab someone with a fork if they tried to take it from me. 

Information:

Address  133 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

Phone:   212-674-7100

Neighborhood: Lower East Side    

Website : http://sonsofessexnyc.com/

Price: $$

Good for: bar scene, brunch , groups, birthdays, music 


 

Baci e Vendetta


Information:

Address : 131 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (646)-275-0461

Neighborhood: East Village

Website : http://www.bacievendetta.com/

Price: $$

Attire: Casual

Good for: groups, happy hour, bars, brunch, small plates, dates

Overview

If I could pick one neighborhood to drink in for the rest of my life it would be the East Village. Specifically, St. Marks & Avenue A. I've been gifted a new wine bar by the owners of Shoolbred's which opened quietly in December 2016. The interior is comfortably hip, lined with antique accents & white marble. The Italian menu offers generous portions of bruschetta, truffle toast (yasss honey) and a massive meat & cheese board for a measly $24. Brunch is served daily until 4pm where you'll find basic bitches (re : myself) flocking for avocado toast & Mediterranean eggs. Come for drinks & ambiance but definitely stay for the grub. Welcome to the hood, Baci. 


 

Sons & Daughters

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I would imagine that it’s difficult to survive in the space the Sons & Daughters now occupies on 10th Avenue in the Meatpacking District. Many have tried and failed. Being sandwiched between Del Posto, Morimoto, Toro, and Colicchio & Sons means that you need to fight for your life. I visited the newly opened restaurant and feel like this one may actually have a swinging chance.  Chef Jon Bignelli and the bar team hail from Death & Co and Sweetwater Social so they know a thing or two.

The space hasn’t changed drastically from its former iteration, Willow. The long narrow space has high ceilings, an open kitchen, and a sprawling chic bar. There is ample seating in booths, high tops, and on their patio. Cocktails are the star here, so they did right by including so much bar seating. MY particular favorites included tequila, as they often do.

The menu reads like a real mash up of everything you want while boozing. I wouldn’t say that there is one type of cuisine here, it’s a massive mix along the spectrum of cultures and food types. You can have soft pretzels drowning in cheese and giant beautifully fried jalapeno poppers. Feeling a little Italian? They have a charcuterie spread to match that desire. The stand out dish was the insanely flavorful and tender Peruvian chicken with yucca fries. I would return again and again just for this dish. I look forward to it happily. Here’s what we had:

Soft pretzel w/ cheddar

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Jalapeno poppers w/ scallion cream cheese & bacon bits

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Black bass crudo

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Burger w/ American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickled onion, pickles

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Peruvian chicken w/ fried yucca and green & white sauces

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Address85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Phone(646) 490-6013

www.sonsanddaughtersnyc.com

Lavo

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Admittedly, I think Lavo is a little bridge & tunnel. The bar is always stacked 5 deep with hordes of midtown d-bags and the women who would give up their left arm to become Mrs. D-bag. If you look up “scene” in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of Lavo. For that reason I have generally avoided this establishment. However, they are one of the highest grossing restaurants in the country, along with their counterpart Tao, in both NYC and Las Vegas. I figured someone has to like this place, and for that reason I gave it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. 

Lavo is enormous. The upstairs bar and dining room go on forever, and they have a second level downstairs which functions as a club by the same name. Everywhere you look you see young beautiful people dressed to impress. The space is gorgeously polished and quintessentially New York. The rooms are buzzing with energy of lively people and trays of food and drinks flying passed you. There are tables everywhere, soft light, subway tile & old mirrors.

The food is Italian with steakhouse classics and a large price tag to match the huge portions. Considering people go here for the scene and not the food, I’ll say that the food is light years better than anyone needs it to be. The menu is also enormous and packed with salads, pastas, pizzas & more. The tuna tartar was light and perfectly acidic. Their signature meatball, which is the size of a grapefruit, it surprisingly tender and cooked to juicy perfection. For an entree I’d suggest the baked salmon which was crusted and swimming in a lovely lemon-butter sauce or the chicken parm. I am sad to say that their steak was disappointing. There was no seasoning or salt, but it was cooked perfectly. Do not, I repeat, do not miss the desserts. The fried Oreos and the 20 layer chocolate cake are worth the trip alone.

This place definitely serves its purpose in Manhattan. It is a great place to be loud and have a fabulous time with a group of friends. Their brunch is one hell of a party. You can definitely take people from out of town who want a classic NYC experience.  Here’s what we had:

Tuna Tartare - Diced yellow fin tuna, avocado, crispy garlic, black olive dressing

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The Wedge - Creamy gorgonzola, pancetta, heirloom tomato

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Roasted Beets - Goat cheese,‏ citrus, toasted almonds, sun dried tomato vinaigrett

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Meatball with Fresh Whipped Ricotta

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Pizzas:

Margherita - Fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil

Spinach and Artichoke - Mozzarella, roasted garlic, black olives, wild mushrooms

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Rigatoni Melanzana - Fresh tomato, roasted eggplant, bufala mozzarella

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Brick Oven Salmon Oreganato - Seasoned breadcrumbs, lemon, white wine, garlic butter

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14 Oz New York Strip

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Chicken Parmigiano - Thinly pounded‏ chicken, marinara, mozzarella

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Tartufo Nocella

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20 Layer Chocolate Cake - Chocolate devils food cake, peanut butter mascarpone

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Oreo Zeppole - Double stuffed, malted vanilla milkshake

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Address: 39 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

Phone:(212) 750-5588

 lavony.com

The Late Late Bar

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I love a good Lower East Side bar. Really, if it were up to me I’d never go above 14th street. Give me some brick walls and dim lighting, I’m a happy girl. If you can manage to execute a decent bar food menu, I’m all yours. The Late Late did exactly that.

The bar is named after the Late Late Show; the world’s longest running TV talk show from Ireland. The location couldn’t be better, on the corner of Houston & Allen. The décor is “Irish inspired” but I think it’s more chabby-chic than any Irish pub I’ve ever visited. For drinks they have an expansive selection of beers and an astonishing 50+ collection of Irish whiskeys. You will often find live musical acts and djs in the space.

The Late Late launched brunch last month. I was impressed by the creativity and love that went into the food. For starters, they have $15 unlimited drinks at brunch. The menu items are mostly brunch classics entirely kicked up. I loved the addition of breakfast radishes and eggs on their avocado toast. The ricotta toast was extra special with sweet local honey comb and thyme. If you are in the mood for a burger, and you can find a way to fit their HUGE breakfast version in your mouth, I think you’ll be a satisfied customer. Im excited when a place that isn’t expected to have a killer menu puts so much care and attention into creating just that. I can’t wait to return, whiskey in hand. Here’s what we had:

Ricotta Toast -  Whipped ricotta, local honey comb, fresh thyme, maldon salt, cracked black pepper, finished with olive oil & served with grilled bread

 

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Avocado Toast - Smashed avocado, fresh breakfast radish, chili, atlantic sea salt,  poached egg

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Jameson Honey Butter French Toast with Fresh Fruit -  French toast drizzled with jameson honey butter & fresh seasonal frui

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Ballymaloe Breakfast Burger -  100% organic grass fed beef, Dubliner cheddar, bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles and Ballymaloe stout ketchup, served on a chive brioche bun with a fried egg

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Address: 159 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Phone:(646) 861-3342

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