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Waterfront Ale House
540 2nd Ave.
at 30th St.

$$$$$

2.9

6

Lean, I expected, but even medium rare, my buffalo burger (platter; $13.95) was juiceless; the "homemade" cumin-coriander catsup was too sweet. Waffle fries had a texture closer to.. >

Blarney Stone Restaurant
121 Fulton St.
b/w Nassau & Dutch St.

$$$$$

3.7

6

If you’re looking for a St. Patty’s Day Midtown Lunch, there really is only place to recommend…  The Blarney Stone on 3rd Ave. btw. 44+45th.  An Irish Bar, to be sure, but not one .. >

Bohemian Hall and Park
29-19 24th Ave.
b/w 29th & 31st St.

$$$$$

3

5

Step Back In Time, and Eat Like a (Czech) King If I wouldn't have gone for myself, I would have never believed it. It was only a week ago... and there I was. Sitting under the .. >

Hallo Berlin
626 10th Ave.
b/w 44th & 45th St.

$$$$$

2.7

5

Big news hit the Midtown Lunch Inbox this morning, courtesy of Lunch’er Emily who forwarded along this photo, taken on 9th Ave. (btw. 50+51st), of the window of what I believe used.. >

The Biltmore Room
290 Eighth Ave.
b/w 24th & 25th St.

$$$$$

3

5

I'm sure you're expecting me to post about some wonderfully comforting restaurant in the West Village with a fireplace and a stellar mixologist. That scenario sounds delightful, bu.. >

Pegu Club
77 W Houston St.
b/w Laguardia Pl. & Wooster St.

$$$$$

3

5

.. >

Schiller's Liquor Bar
131 Rivington St.
at Norfolk St.

$$$$$

3

5

I have made the rounds to Balthazaar, Pastis and Schiller's.  We were at Balthazaar a few weeks ago and had a really good meal.  Pastis, where I have done mostly lunch, is always g.. >

Mo Pitkin's House of Satisfaction
34 Avenue A
b/w 2nd & 3rd St.

$$$$$

3

4

Last week CPC chewed on one of best sammiches in Brooklyn; this week we’ve found an even better pile of bread, meat and cheese coming to us from Mo Pitkin’s House of Satisfaction i.. >

AOC
314 Bleecker St.
at Grove St.

$$$$$

3.1

4

I have left California permanently and moved back to NYC. The Boy is working on the law school writing competition and I'm searching for jobs, so we haven't had much time to eat we.. >

McSorley’s Old Ale House
15 E 7th St.
b/w 2nd & 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

3

4

I have really embraced the East Village. I think it’s considered one of the oldest areas of the city and definitely has a lot of history in it as well... >

Death & Co.
433 E 6th St.
b/w 1st Ave. & Avenue A

$$$$$

3.2

3

Death and Co. faces some difficulties. .. >

Donovan's Pub
5724 Roosevelt Ave.
b/w 57th & 58th St.

$$$$$

3

3

At least that's what they say on bathroom walls...No they don't (as far as I know). But I have to admit that my Metrocard and I got quite a workout this weekend. First stop, Woodsi.. >

Marlow & Sons
81 Broadway
b/w Wythe Ave. & Berry St.

$$$$$

3.3

3

I loved the Williamsburg food exploration my brother and I went on. Thanks for all the suggestions, which provide me with many more excuses to eat my way through Williamsburg. Ther.. >

Flatiron Lounge
37 W 19th St.

$$$$$

3

3

Mondays are hard enough. There's no need to make them worse by searching for the perfect cocktail. And so, tonight I categorically refused to search... >

Chumley's
86 Bedford St.
b/w Barrow & Grove St.

$$$$$

3

3

Shortly after my NYC relocation, I was warned by a friend of the terrifying clientele that frequents this historic heap of darkly-stained wood – the meathead, alpha-chi-omega-clad-.. >

Great Jones Café
54 Great Jones St.
b/w Lafayette & Bowery

$$$$$

3

3

Great Jones has upgraded their brunch menu since my last visit. Not the contents which need not to be touched, but the physical menu, which now features Andouille Man much more pr.. >

Jack
80 University Pl.
at 11th St.

$$$$$

2.9

3

I admit, I was forewarned.  I got an email this past Saturday morning telling me not to eat at Jack's.  Jack's had just opened on Friday so I was ambivalent.  The restaurant is suc.. >

Salud
142 Beekman St.
b/w Front St. & South St.

$$$$$

2.5

3

Certain restaurants– most street-facing Chinatown eateries, and the pantry-sized West Village boites, for example–never let you forget that, despite the cuisine, you are still in N.. >

Jules
9 Avenue A
b/w Houston & 1st St.

$$$$$

3

3

I went to Jules Bistro Jules Bistro many years ago and I can't remember at all what I ate. Today, I went for brunch at Jules Bistro and I'll probably forget about it soon too. So, .. >

Surf Bar
139 N 6th St
b/w Bedford Ave & Berry St

$$$$$

2.3

2

Surf Bar is a nearly neutral restaurant with nothing breathtaking or offensive to set it apart in my mind. Sure, there’s sand on the floor and more tchotchkes than an Applebee’s, p.. >

Cheap Shots
140 First Ave.
b/w St. Marks Pl. & 9th St.

$$$$$

3

2

Cheapshots is another great bar in the East Village. First of all, if it’s your birthday, you drink free. It doesn’t matter what you order or how much of it you consume, it’s all a.. >

Union Hall
702 Union St.
at 5th Ave.

$$$$$

2.1

2

I've been reading a lot about Union Hall since it recently opened in Park Slope. Based on the reviews, there seemed to be too much going on, perhaps unfocused, to really appeal to .. >

Alligator Lounge
600 Metropolitan Ave.
at Lorimer St.

$$$$$

3

2

I wouldn't blame anyone for being a little skeptical after reading this headline. After all, many of us are first-hand victims of the steady Ray-ization of the New York pizza: dr.. >

Pour House
7901 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

3

2

I headed back to Bay Ridge today for a couple of reasons. First, there are many more bars there just calling out for a visit and Bar Man has a tough time turning down an invitation.. >

Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern
188 Bedford Ave.
b/w 6th & 7th St.

$$$$$

3.3

2

As it is getting harder to find dives that are not over-reviewed (the slowing of post speed on his website), we think that this one is a good find. While not grimy and has electron.. >

Spike Hill Bar & Restaurant
184 Bedford Ave.
at N 7th St.

$$$$$

3.2

2

I decided to head to Williamsburg today. It was nice and sunny and I wanted to take a peak at Duff’s, even though I knew it would be closed, at least until later than I planned on .. >

The Subway
527 Metropolitan Ave.
b/w Union Ave. & Lorimer St.

$$$$$

3

2

I figured I would head back to Williamsburg again because I keep hearing about new places. I am still going to go back later in the day pretty soon because I saw two places that we.. >

Bull McCabes
29 Saint Marks Pl., Ste 1

$$$$$

3.2

2

I headed back to Hell’s Kitchen and it was a lot cooler than the last time, thank goodness for that. Only downside was a wee bit of drizzle the merely served as an excuse to stop i.. >

Counter
105 1st Ave.
at 6th St.

$$$$$

3.1

2

FIRST OF ALL, "Hot Fuzz" is the best movie I've seen since "Children Of Men," which was only a few months ago, I know, but I've seen a lot of great movies lately so let's not get t.. >

Nevada Smith's
74 3rd Ave.
b/w 11th & 12th St.

$$$$$

2.7

2

Morning | Turkish coffee + toast w/ peanut butter Noon | Jameson's + iced coffee Night | Potato pancakes + smoked samoln + sour cream + french fries + Kolsch + Coconut Coma rice pu.. >

Decibel
240 E 9th St.
b/w 2nd Ave. & 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

3

2

If you recall a few weeks ago I went out for some horrible Indian Food on 1st Ave. After feeling a little sick that night we decided to head out for a drink. On East 9th and St Mar.. >

Seven
350 7th Ave.
b/w 29th & 30th St.

$$$$$

3

2

After having been to Seven for drinks before a concert at MSG, I tried for the first time, dinner there tonight before the Eric Clapton show (which was excellent, btw), also at the.. >

Dekk
134 Reade St.
b/w Greenwich & Hudson St.

$$$$$

3

2

Dekk is a prototypical TriBeCa restaurant. The benches against the wall look like they were saved from trash collection and restored. Various walls receive projections of weird i.. >

Showman's
375 W 125th St.
b/w St. Nicholas & Morningside Ave.

$$$$$

3

2

You may remember that I visited this place one afternoon last November with my friend Bernie during my 1000 Bar adventure. It is located at 375 West 125th Street up in Harlem. At t.. >

Brady’s Bar
1583 82nd St.

$$$$$

3

2

I headed back to my haunts of Monday to retake the pictures that I had lost when I inadvertently tried to do some editing before copying the image off of my video card. It proved t.. >

O'Casey's
22 E 41st St.
b/w 5th Ave. & Madison Ave.

$$$$$

3

2

Arrgh. Well as those of you who read tomorrow's post before today's (you have to walk a mile in the Bar Man's shoes to know how that happens) I am going to backfill with limited in.. >

Ixta
48 E 29th St.
b/w Park & Madison Ave.

$$$$$

3

2

I had a good ten dollar lunch at Ixta yesterday: Excellent chunky guacamole made with ripe avocados, served with greaseless homemade tortilla chips; a very tasty, well-seasoned bla.. >

Stout NYC
133 W 33rd St.
b/w 6th & 7th Ave.

$$$$$

3.1

2

I had lunch with my wife Danna today at Stout. The place is really cool looking inside - sort of a faux rustic carriage house (they even have a room called the "Carriage House") or.. >

Bar Veloce
176 Seventh Ave.
b/w 20th & 21st St.

$$$$$

3.2

2

Let's face it: wine is intimidating. Between the vintages, vineyards and varietals, it's a serious subject for sensitive palates. Even more than with food, there seems to be an end.. >

Muldoon's
692 3rd Ave.
b/w 43rd & 44th St.

$$$$$

3

2

A friend of mine, Allen decided to take the Amtrak into Manhattan today from Pennsylvania and we managed to hook up and hit a few bars. Allen, you may remember, is the fellow who i.. >

Reservoir
70 University Pl.
b/w 10th & 11th St.

$$$$$

2.8

2

Silver Lake spawns upstream: Netty's Diner has been sold and reservoir (that's a little 'r') will take its place. (Kudos to one of LA's less food-obsessed blogs, LA Observed, for p.. >

Faces & Names
159 W 54th St.
b/w 6th & 7th Ave.

$$$$$

3.9

2

I took the subway to Times Square and worked my way through the crowd for several blocks up to 54th and 7th Avenue where I had a place in mind... >

Hop Devil Grill
129 St. Marks Pl.
at Avenue A

$$$$$

3

2

Next door to the "other" Hop Devil and connected to it through a hallway is this separate bar that sells only Belgian and Belgian style beers. It has a separate entrance from the s.. >

Continental
25 3rd Ave.
at St Marks Pl.

$$$$$

2.7

2

The Continental is an interesting bar - it’s legendary for a variety of rock stars. Along the walls you see Iggy Pop, Belinda Carlisle, The Ramones and more. All of these people pe.. >

Blarney Cove INC
510 E 14th St

$$$$$

3

2

This was my first serious visit to the East Village. A lot of the bars in this neighborhood don’t usually open until later in the day except for on the weekends. And man, are there.. >

Blaggard’s Pub
8 W 38th St.
b/w 5th & 6th Ave.

$$$$$

3

2

No, not a law firm that I retained to represent me in a drunk and disorderly case, but it sounds like it could be. These are actually the three bars that I hit today. As promised I.. >

Siberia Bar
356 W 40th St.
b/w 8th & 9th Ave.

$$$$$

3

2

Siberia Bar in its new space is larger, though the odor and atmosphere remains. While the drinks may not be the cheapest anymore (though the bottled beer is your best choice if low.. >

Loreley
7 Rivington St.
b/w Bowery & Chrystie St.

$$$$$

2.5

2

Well, maybe not the end of the bars on Spring Street, but I did walk to the end of Spring Street where it hits the Bowery. The Bowery is booming. I remember the good old days with .. >

Wogie's
39 Greenwich Ave.
at Charles St.

$$$$$

3

2

After a few beers in the neighborhood (w/ my wife's coworkers for Happy Hour), we decided to search for some food. We quickly came upon Wogies, and having read positive reviews on .. >

Knickerbocker
33 University Pl.
at 9th St.

$$$$$

3

2

Knickerbocker Bar & Grill Knickerbocker Bar & Grill was such a big let down. All three of us, Janny, Lon, and I, had heard good things about about the food here. When we walked in .. >

Ear Inn
326 Spring St.
b/w Greenwich & Washington St.

$$$$$

3

2

Benjamin Franklin may have discovered that lightning conducted electricity, invented bifocals, and founded UPenn, but his greatest contribution to every college student's life is a.. >

Teddy's Bar & Grill
96 Berry St.
at North 8th St.

$$$$$

2.8

2

Teddy's Bar & Grill Teddy's Bar & Grill looks more like a neighborhood bar but it seems like more people come to eat, at least during lunch time. Even in the crazy snow (yesterday).. >

Alchemy
56 5th Ave
b/w Bergen St & St Marks Pl

$$$$$

4

1

Saturday night, Fette Sau crossed my mind but I knew better. Williamsburg service tends to lack in the best of circumstances and opening weekend chaos might’ve turned my hair white.. >

Bar None
98 3rd Ave.
at 13th St.

$$$$$

2.8

1

It was a nice sunny day so I was going to take a stroll down Second Avenue. When I got to Third I spotted a bar and one thing led to another so I never did make it to Second. Tomor.. >

Star Bar (at the Ritz Carlton Hotel)
50 Central Park S

$$$$$

3.5

1

Norman Bukofzer is a legend - and deservedly so. His ability with a cocktail shaker is unprecedented, his ease with patrons unmatched, his humor reminscent of Henny Youngman in hi.. >

CiBar
56 Irving Pl.

$$$$$

1

I tell you it’s getting chilly here in NY. Nothing is nicer then when fall hits the city. All the pashminas come out but everyone increases their need to head to the next hot spot!.. >

O’Sullivan’s
8902 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

1

It was another nice day today, although a bit on the windy side. My friend Bernie and I had planned to go to Bay Ridge with a couple of other friends but, unfortunately, they weren.. >

Furlongs
6201 5th Ave.

$$$$$

1

I decided to hit a new area today and headed up to Bay Ridge. This area is south of downtown area and has more of a laid back ambience. The part that I visited seems to have escape.. >

Rooftop Bar (at Hotel Metro)
45 W 35th St., 14th Fl.
b/w 5th & 6th Ave

$$$$$

1

Dives are relative I suppose. In NY, a rooftop bar that is anything but overpriced and trendy could, streching the definition, be called a dive. This is that rooftop bar. Stepping .. >

Slane
102 MacDougal St.

$$$$$

1

Another fine day and I left a bit later so I could begin to hit bars that don't open until late afternoon. I will probably be doing this on a more regular basis, at least a couple .. >

Kettle of Fish
59 Christopher St.

$$$$$

1

It was a bit of a blustery day with just a threat of rain in the air so I didn’t feel like planning anything to strenuous. About 4:00 P.M. in the afternoon though I felt like I nee.. >

Living Room Café
211 Wavery Pl.

$$$$$

1

Ah, a nice sunny day and daylight savings time. Perfect for a late afternoon, early evening stroll in Greenwich Village... >

Spuyten Duyvil
359 Metropolitan Ave.
at Havemeyer St.

$$$$$

1

If you know Williamsburg's Spuyten Duyvil, you most likely know them for their incredible beer selection. With the largest part of their expertly-selected beers hailing from Belgiu.. >

Scorpio
3515 Broadway

$$$$$

3

1

The last time I went to Queens I actually took the wrong subway so I ended up in Jackson Heights instead of where I wanted to go. No big deal, I still found a couple of bars, but B.. >

Brooklyn Social
335 Smith St.
b/w Carroll & President St.

$$$$$

1

I went out to order a brisket to smoke for a family barbecue and walked by a place close by that I hadn’t visited yet but always wanted to pop into, Sam’s. I also saw a new place, .. >

Kili
81 Hoyt St.
at Atlantic Ave.

$$$$$

1

Well, I had planned on hitting 600 bars by the end of June and I did it so I figured I would take today off. And what would the Bar Man do on his day off? Why visit one of his favo.. >

Henry Grattan's
8814 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

1

It was another nice day today, although a bit on the windy side. My friend Bernie and I had planned to go to Bay Ridge with a couple of other friends but, unfortunately, they weren.. >

O’Connor’s
39 5th Ave.
b/w Bergen & Dean St.

$$$$$

1

The Tuck Shop’s menu claims that “waking and baking is our job,” pun very much intended. While my inner stoner respects that existence, and my inner drunkard celebrates its proximi.. >

Mooney's
353 Flatbush Ave.

$$$$$

1

It was a chilly day but not all that bad because there wasn’t any wind. I have taken a few days off but made up for it today. On Sunday I went to a Jet’s game (they actually won fo.. >

Blu Lounge
197 N 8th St.
at Driggs Ave.

$$$$$

1

Well, I headed back to Williamsburg and made another minor dent in the numerous bars over there. I need to go a bit later in the day next time though because many of them don’t ope.. >

Galapagos
70 N Sixth St.
b/w Wythe & Kent Ave.

$$$$$

1

Here is what the New York Times said about this bar, according to their website:.. >

The Gate
321 5th Ave.
b/w 3rd & 4th St.

$$$$$

1

Okay, here is the "official" write-up of The Gate, courtesy of my brother-in-law Jim. He did such a good job I would like him to follow me around and do all of my write-ups. Sad to.. >

Why Not
9617 Avenue L

$$$$$

1

I decided to wander up the West side a bit from Madison Square Garden. I headed over to 9th Avenue so this put me into the neighborhood affectionately known as Hell’s Kitchen. I ha.. >

Muses
8320 3rd Ave.
b/w 83rd & 84th St.

$$$$$

1

I headed back to Bay Ridge today for a couple of reasons. First, there are many more bars there just calling out for a visit and Bar Man has a tough time turning down an invitation.. >

Brooklyn Inn
138 Bergen St.
at Hoyt St.

$$$$$

1

After taking the weekend off I decided to just stick close to home today and check out bar that I haven’t been to for a long time, and for no good reason... >

The Abbey
536 Driggs Ave.
b/w 7th & 8th St.

$$$$$

1

Well, I headed back to Williamsburg and made another minor dent in the numerous bars over there. I need to go a bit later in the day next time though because many of them don’t ope.. >

Rocky's
351 Kent Ave.
at S 5th St.

$$$$$

5

1

The bartender told me this place was called Rocky's, but it seems to have a lot of names. you'll know it by the huge mermaid sculptures in the middle of the bar... >

Trash
256 Grand St.
b/w Driggs & Roebling St.

$$$$$

1

A bar set up to be a dive, but don't tell the bikers and sweaty rockers that. The highlight of a recent evening in the area, Trash offers seating in the form of old car seats (upst.. >

Gibney's
3201 Broadway
at 32nd St.

$$$$$

2.9

1

The last time I went to Queens I actually took the wrong subway so I ended up in Jackson Heights instead of where I wanted to go. No big deal, I still found a couple of bars, but B.. >

Henry Street Ale House
62 Henry St.
b/w Orange & Cranbery St.

$$$$$

1.9

1

It was a lovely sunny day and late in the afternoon I got a hankering for a nice Belgium beer. I decided to head to Greenwich Village and hit a place that I had been thinking about.. >

Waterfront Ale House
155 Atlantic Ave.
b/w Henry & Clinton St.

$$$$$

2.7

1

Although the food in Costa Rica was delicious, I had built up a hankering for some good old ribs. Luckily, my old favorite, Pete's Waterfront Ale House, has some of the best in to.. >

Bogart's Bar & Grill Incorporated
6124 5th Ave.

$$$$$

4

1

I decided to hit a new area today and headed up to Bay Ridge. This area is south of downtown area and has more of a laid back ambience. The part that I visited seems to have escape.. >

Cherry Tree
65 4th Ave.
b/w Bergen St. & St. Marks Pl.

$$$$$

1

I had my birthday at Cherry Tree, a new bar on 4th Avenue between Bergen and St. Marks in Brooklyn (just south of Atlantic Center).  They have a lovely rear deck which didn’t close.. >

Ovidios Sport Bar
6419 39th Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

Queens is the borough just adjacent to Brooklyn with a bit of a non-specific boundary. At least few people seem able to agree on exactly where the boundary between Queens and Brook.. >

Southside Lounge
41 Broadway
at Wythe Ave.

$$$$$

1

ecor: 3.5/5 ... small and cozy. i think there was a dj, but my memory is hazy... >

Warsaw
261 Driggs Ave.
b/w Leonard & Eckford St.

$$$$$

3.1

1

A plate of potato-and-cheese and mushroom-and-sauerkraut pierogies and kielbasa, a bottle of Zywiec.. >

Hickey’s
6108 Flushing Ave.

$$$$$

2.8

1

I headed back to Madison Square Garden and then just took a short stroll west on 33rd. I didn’t have to stroll far because I found four bars within the space of a block. Three of t.. >

Hurricane Hopeful
139 N 6th St.
b/w Bedford Ave. & Berry St.

$$$$$

1

Brought to my attention by that stand-off with Bobby Flay, the Hurricane Hopeful Surf Bar claims to have the best clam chowder in New York City. It was ninety degrees but that didn.. >

Gowanus Yacht Club
323 Smith St.

$$$$$

1

Ooh, what a bad pun. I only went to one bar that counted today so it really was not a lot but it was a yacht, or at least a Yacht Club... >

Soda Bar
629 Vanderbilt Ave.
b/w Prospect Pl. & St Marks Ave.

$$$$$

1

Slightly hungover Saturday morning (or was it afternoon?), I was craving a burger to help cure me and a place that wasn't too bright. The light would hurt my eyes. When I got there.. >

Bierkraft
191 5th Ave.
b/w Union St. & Berkeley Pl.

$$$$$

5

1

There is a story behind Oktoberfest—something about a grand wedding that took place in Bavaria two hundred years ago. But for us it’s just an excuse to drink a lot of good beer. On.. >

Last Exit
136 Atlantic Ave.
b/w Clinton & Henry St.

$$$$$

1

Bout time we started posting again. We were at Last Exit on a lazy Saturday afternoon, so cannot speak to its night vibe, however, the place was great. Good couches inside and an a.. >

Levee
212 Berry St.
at N 3rd St.

$$$$$

1

NYC Diver was very happy to be drawn to the place by a lit up Pabst sign at 4 in the morning. A bar in Williamsburg open late is a rare thing, and stumbling upon this one was an ex.. >

Larry Lawrence
295 Grand St.
b/w Roebling & Havemeyer St.

$$$$$

1

Not a dive at all (but that hasn't stopped us yet), this is a dark, high-ceilinged, brick-walled loungy sort of place. It's set back from the street by a long hallway and has no wi.. >

The Blue Lady Lounge
769 Metropolitan Ave.

$$$$$

1

I figured I would head back to Williamsburg again because I keep hearing about new places. I am still going to go back later in the day pretty soon because I saw two places that we.. >

Zebulon
258 Wythe Ave.
b/w N 3rd St. & Metropolitan Ave.

$$$$$

1

I decided to head to Williamsburg today. It was nice and sunny and I wanted to take a peak at Duff’s, even though I knew it would be closed, at least until later than I planned on .. >

Dublin 6
575 Hudson St.
b/w W 11th & Bank St.

$$$$$

3

1

Funny, I was just looking up the address of this place online when I ran across a yelp review that pretty much exactly mimicked how I was going to start… And so I quote: “C. and I .. >

Jason’s Riverside Grill
62 Chelsea Piers

$$$$$

1

My resolve was much better today and, besides, I had already stopped into most of the bars on the way to:.. >

Doc Watson's
1490 2nd Ave.
b/w 77th & 78th St.

$$$$$

3

1

Ah, Jimmy, you let me down. And at the worst possible time. I was supposed to meet some people from out of town for a drink today. They had been following my blog and were visiting.. >

Mad River
1442 3rd Ave.
at 82nd St.

$$$$$

3

1

I headed back to my haunts of Monday to retake the pictures that I had lost when I inadvertently tried to do some editing before copying the image off of my video card. It proved t.. >