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Pier 63 Bar & Grill
Pier 63
at 23rd St. & W Side Hwy

$$$$$

The Cupping Room Village
496 Hudson St.
b/w Christopher & Grove St.

$$$$$

New Tulcingo
1035 Manhattan Ave.
at Freeman St.

$$$$$

Monkey Town
58 N 3rd St.
b/w Kent & Wythe St.

$$$$$

Foodswings
295 Grand St.
b/w Roebling & Havemeyer St.

$$$$$

JRG Fashion Cafe
177 Flatbush Ave.
at Pacific St.

$$$$$

Cafe Shane
794 Washington Ave.
b/w St. John's & Sterling

$$$$$

Dizzy's
511 9th St.
b/w 8th Ave. & Prospect Park W

$$$$$

Veliis
773 Fulton St.
b/w Portland & Oxford

$$$$$

Ginger Root Cafť
702 Washington Ave.
b/w Prospect Pl. & St. marks Ave.

$$$$$

Rice
166 Dekalb Ave.
at Cumberland St.

$$$$$

August
359 Bleecker St.
b/w Charles & W 10th St.

$$$$$

2.3

9

although it turned out that W. had read about this place but not previously been, august turned out to be a gem of the nice, moderately expensive new york restaurant genre. tucked .. >

Session 73
1359 1st Ave.
at 73rd St.

$$$$$

2.4

Restaurant Gia
68 Lafayette Ave.
b/w S Elliot Pl. & S Portland Ave.

$$$$$

2.5

Elemental Foods
259 W 19th St.
b/w 7th & 8th Ave.

$$$$$

2.6

Chill Lounge
329 Lexington Ave.
b/w 38th & 39th St.

$$$$$

2.6

Prune
54 E 1st St.
b/w 1st & 2nd Ave.

$$$$$

2.6

19

Prune reminds me of Paris. Small, intimate with wonderful food and a great vibe. We have been back many times for dinner and unfortunately have never made it for brunch. The curren.. >

OG Restaurant
507 E 6th St.
b/w Avenue A & B

$$$$$

2.7

Rewind
137 Essex St.
b/w Rivington and Stanton St.

$$$$$

2.7

1

The Lower East Side's latest lounge hopes to be a one-stop shop for all things nightlife: food, drinks, DJ, & dancing under one roof.† Rewind's refreshingly un-velvet rope attitude.. >

Slate Plus
54 W 21st St.
b/w 5th & 6th Ave.

$$$$$

2.7

Thor (at the Hotel on Rivington)
107 Rivington St.
at Ludlow St.

$$$$$

2.8

4

THOR is short for The Hotel on Rivington. Itís also the name of the restaurant that occupies the ground floor of that hotel. I donít know what possessed somebody to put a 21-story .. >

Anytime
116 Ave. C
b/w 7th & 8th St.

$$$$$

2.8

China Grill
52 W 53rd St.
at 6th Ave.

$$$$$

2.8

2

I believe the China Grill opened their doors over 18 years ago.† It was quite a hot spot.† The place was packed from lunch through late night dinners.† Walking through the door yes.. >

Nation
12 W 45th St.
b/w 5th & 6th Ave.

$$$$$

2.8

Public
210 Elizabeth St.
b/w Prince & Spring St.

$$$$$

2.8

5

Dear Boo, We've talked a lot about hangover foods in recent posts. Today though, I must admit I'm suffering from a food-induced hangover. Aka, yesterday I ate more than Jabba the .. >

Wild Greens
444 Park Ave. S
b/w 30th & 31st St.

$$$$$

2.9

Colors
417 Lafayette St.
b/w Astor Pl. & 4th St.

$$$$$

2.9

2

COLORS†is a restaurant you want to root for. Itís a cooperative run by former employees of Windows on the World at the World Trade Center. According to the manifesto on the website.. >

Lea
230 Park Ave.
b/w 45th & 46th St.

$$$$$

2.9

Orsay
1057 Lexington Ave.
at 75th St.

$$$$$

2.9

1

I've been getting this message a lot lately. Dad has meetings often at his company's Manhattan office and one night I was lucky enough to hang out with him. We were contemplating g.. >

Trestle on Tenth
242 10th Ave.
at 24th St.

$$$$$

2.9

4

There's more pig than you could ever imagine at Trestle on Tenth's first annual Metzgete... >

Danube
30 Hudson St.
b/w Duane & Reade St.

$$$$$

2.9

6

There is something both attractive and repellant about the longer running fine restaurants of New York. On the one hand if they have had a run longer than five years in this fickle.. >

Cafe Pierre (at the Pierre Hotel)
2 E 61st St.
at 5th Ave.

$$$$$

2.9

Chickenbone Cafe
177 South 4th St.

$$$$$

2.9

1

Wondering about the next hot cuisine? Weíve been through Asian, Italian, Indian, Thai, and a blend of all four, but we havenít yet had the pleasure of Brooklyn Global. Until now. A.. >

Metropol
234 West 4th St.
at W 10th St.

$$$$$

3

2

Another beautiful sunny day so how better to spend it than in a few bars. I headed down to the West Village... >

Rice
227 Mott St.
b/w Spring & Prince St.

$$$$$

3

2

You might be dubious about a place that has Mexican chicken soup (left) and a Vietnamese chicken salad on its menu -- too diverse to be good at any one thing. But you'd be wrong ab.. >

Tour
102 8th Ave.
at 15th St.

$$$$$

3

2

Last week, TOUR Restaurant had a preview dinner of some Mexican Hass Avocado-themed items that are going to be featured on its Winter/Holiday menu, prepared by its Executive Chef, .. >

European Union (The E.U.)
235 E 4th St.
b/w Avenue B & Avenue A

$$$$$

3

5

Drama happens a lot in the restaurant business. Witness the latest round of chef casualtiesóNeil Ferguson (Gordon Ramsay), Chris Albrecht (Craftsteak), Ed Witt (Varietal)óand you g.. >

Jefferson
121 W 10th St.
at 6th Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

Being that I dine out for living, it is rare (but thrilling) for me to discover menus containing ingredients that I have never encountered before. The menu at Jefferson, a chic, mo.. >

Jefferson Grill
121 W 10th St.
b/w 6th & Greenwich Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

In 1936, Geoffrey T. Hellman created the fictional Mrs. De Peyster in a famous piece for the New Yorker called "Mrs. De Peyster's Parties." It came to mind after eating at the rece.. >

One Little West 12
1 Little West 12th St.
at 9th Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

One, a restaurant that gets its name from its address at One Little West 12th Street, is the come-back vehicle for chef Gavin Citron, formerly of Aja and the ill-conceived Aleutia... >

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.. >

The Kitchen Club
30 Prince St.
at Mott St.

$$$$$

3

1

New Year's eve at Manhattan...there's the Time Square craziness that we avoided like plague, and most restaurants had a prix-fixe menu. While walking in Nolita earlier in the day, .. >

Aquavit
65 E 55th St.
b/w Park & Madison Ave.

$$$$$

3

12

- Sunday, Twelve Hundred Thirty Hours, 65 East 55th Street - I stood in front of the table flabbergasted at the brunch buffet spread at Aquavit. It was my first time there for Su.. >

Aquavit Cafť
65 E 55th St.
b/w Park & Madison Ave.

$$$$$

3

6

Since Iíve wrote to Robyn recently via e-mail about my horror of yesterday at the LSAT and wanted me to express the dreadful experience of what happened. So, it is (if you donít re.. >

Alto
520 Madison Ave.
53rd St. b/w Madison & 5th Ave.

$$$$$

3

6

Not long ago, Italian food in America was measured by a single criteria: Which restaurant gave you the most of it. A typical conversation between aficionados went something like th.. >

B.Smith's
320 W 46th St.
b/w 8th & 9th Ave.

$$$$$

3

Tartare
653 9th Ave.
b/w 45th & 46th St.

$$$$$

3

Blue Ribbon Bakery
33 Downing St.
at Bedford St.

$$$$$

3

10

[This dinner took place on November 24th. Yes, I wish I updated more often. No, I have no idea why I don't. I think I'm stuck in an alternate universe where a day has 20 hours inst.. >

Orbit
2257 1st Ave.
at 116th St.

$$$$$

3

East of Eighth
254 W 23rd St.
b/w 7th & 8th Ave.

$$$$$

3

Ulrika's
115 E 60th St.

$$$$$

3

1

I am still warmed by the mug of glŲgg I imbibed this evening. The mulled red wine, redolent of cardamom and cinnamon, was served with the traditional raisins and almonds. I will tr.. >

Wai Cafe
201 1st Ave.
b/w 12th & 13th St.

$$$$$

3

1

I had made up my mind to get to the Flatiron Lounge today and, as you will see, I was indeed successful. However, as you might expect, I took the long way around... >

The Place on West 10th
142 W 10th St.
b/w Waverly Pl. & Greenwich Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

After spending weeks in Italy and eating fantastic food the kids were asking how come we don't get to eat this well in NYC?† Hmm.† Good question.† They started throwing out a list .. >

wildFlower
192 Bleecker St.
b/w MacDougal St. & 6th Ave.

$$$$$

3

Mumbles
179 3rd Ave.
at 17th St.

$$$$$

3

Smorgas Chef
924 2nd Ave.
at 49th St.

$$$$$

3

Epices
103 W 70th St.
at Columbus Ave.

$$$$$

3

Savann
414 Amsterdam Ave.
b/w 79th & 80th St.

$$$$$

3

Cafe Mozart
154 W 70th St.
at Broadway

$$$$$

3

2

w 70th st btwn bíway & amsterdam after my late-ish pcr setup (which turned out to be pointlessÖdíoh) and Cís pseudo-recovery from his cold symptoms, we met up on the west side .. >

Amsterdam Restaurant
1207 Amsterdam Ave.
b/w 119th & 120th St.

$$$$$

3

Chubo
6 Clinton St.
b/w Houston & Stanton St.

$$$$$

3

1

Chuboís offerings are familiar but the combination of all of them makes the menu a little confused. The hamachi was served two ways: tartare and then glazed with teriyaki. They had.. >

Rice
115 Lexington Ave.
at 28th St.

$$$$$

3

Ambassador Grill & Lounge (at The Millennium UN Plaza Hotel)
1 UN Plaza
at 1st Ave. & 44th St.

$$$$$

3

Dano
254 5th Ave.
b/w 28th & 29th St.

$$$$$

3

Nikki Beach Midtown
151 E 50th St.
b/w 3rd & Lexington Ave.

$$$$$

3

Cafe Boulud
20 E 76th St.
b/w Madison & 5th Ave.

$$$$$

3

4

The day after the Devi lunch that I had with my three girl friends, Iíve coordinated another lunch with another group of friends, Robyn, Kathy, and Ariel to Cafe Boulud. Interior s.. >

Galaxy Global Eatery
15 Irving Pl.
at 15th St.

$$$$$

3

1

Some fans of my blog from The Swamp Restaurant in Gainesville, Florida sent me one of their tee-shirts. Bar Man just loves tee-shirts and will gladly post a picture of any tee-shir.. >

Lobby Lounge (at the Mandarin Oriental New York)
80 Columbus Circle
at 60th St.

$$$$$

3

Swizz
310 W 53rd St.
at 8th Ave.

$$$$$

3

Stone Rose
10 Columbus Circle
at 60th St.

$$$$$

3

2

Was all set for a swank "Sex and the City" type cocktail hour or two with a couple members of my "gal about town" posse last night. Nothing like chilling with good friends over fin.. >

AQ Cafť
58 Park Ave.
at 38th St.

$$$$$

3

1

There once was a time when it was very difficult for chefs to make big money.† And while being a professional chef is still a tough racket, the opportunities for cashing out are mu.. >

Good World Bar & Grill
3 Orchard St.
b/w Division & Canal St.

$$$$$

3

1

Well, I know that I said I would be revisiting yesterday's bars and embellishing my descriptive narrative, but life does not always proceed as planned. The Mysterious Chinese Woman.. >

Margarita Murphy's
591 3rd Ave.
b/w 38th & 39th St.

$$$$$

3

Hell's Kitchen
679 9th Ave.
b/w 46th & 47th St.

$$$$$

3

1

Yes, the rumors are true. Yesterday was my b-day. And, yes, once again I turned 25. How many times have I celebrated my 25th now?...Oh my, I've gotten so old I can't remember... >

Punch & Judy
26 Clinton St.
b/w Stanton & Houston St.

$$$$$

3

1

This meal, and restaurant in general, was a breath of fresh air.. >

The Stanton Social
99 Stanton St.
b/w Orchard & Ludlow St.

$$$$$

3

7

Over the weekend, I wanted to go brunching for some reason. Maybe because of feeling restless from sitting on my butt in front of my laptop writing papers ENDLESSLY or studying fro.. >

Cafe Steinhof
422 7th Ave.
at 14th St.

$$$$$

3

3

Very nearby, we turn to Cafe Steinhof for a good German beer or some hot mulled wine on a winter evening. Have had brunch there a few times, hearty meals with meat and potatoes an.. >

Stonehome Wine Bar
87 Lafayette Ave.
b/w S Portland Ave. & S Oxford St.

$$$$$

3

1

I know that they've been around for a while now, but more and more wine bars seem to be sprouting up around the city. And, who am I to complain?.. >

New Prospect Cafe
393 Flatbush Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

Sometimes things that are lost can be found. Sometimes you find them where you least expect... >

Night of the Cookers
767 Fulton St.
b/w Greene Ave. & S Oxford St.

$$$$$

3

Black Pearl
833 Union St.
b/w 6th & 7th Ave.

$$$$$

3

3

the mountain of clams compells you I had never eaten a fried clam sandwich before I went to Black Pearl, partially because I'm not big on molluscs. But you know what I am big on? T.. >

The Bourgeois Pig
122 E 7th St.
b/w 1st Ave. & Avenue A

$$$$$

3

2

In high school, my friends and I wasted many a weekend afternoon wandering around Greenwich Village trying to be cool. I donít think any of us knew what we were looking for, but we.. >

Fusion Crepes
corner of Grand & Bowery

$$$$$

3

2

Located at the corner of Bowery and Grand - a fantastic little nook serving sweet & savory crepes - many with an Asian bent.† On the savory side, creative menu items include salmon.. >

savorNY
63 Clinton St.
b/w Stanton & Rivington St.

$$$$$

3

1

'Tis the season for new restaurants and there's countless to devoured.† Here's a sneak peek at two of the lastest newcomers... >

The House
121 E 17th St.
b/w Park Ave. & Irving Pl.

$$$$$

3

2

I always wondered what this mid-19th-century carriage house was doing in the middle of East 17th Street. Was it an inn? A nautical museum? Today, I found out that it was an excelle.. >

Natsumi
226 W 50th St.
b/w Broadway & 8th Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

Times Square's a tricky stretch to open an ambitious restaurant. The late 7Square, a modern chophouse with Lespinasse-trained chef Shane McBride, quickly comes to mind. With Ruby F.. >

Bamn!
37 St. Marks Pl.
at 2nd Ave.

$$$$$

3.1

10

BAMN! automatic cheeseburger (photography only). .. >

M & R Bar-Dining Room
356 Bowery
b/w Great Jones & 4th St.

$$$$$

3.1

Amish Market
17 Battery Pl.
b/w West & Washington St.

$$$$$

3.1

Coogans
4015 Broadway
b/w 168th & 169th St.

$$$$$

3.1

Cipriani
110 E 42nd St.
at 42nd St.

$$$$$

3.1

Salt
58 MacDougal St.
b/w Prince & Houston St.

$$$$$

3.1

4

When Salt opened, I believe 6 years ago, we went. I forgot what it was I liked and didn't like since so much time has passed. We were at the high school play this weekend so I book.. >

Sortie
329 W 51st St.
b/w 8th & 9th Ave.

$$$$$

3.1

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.. >

Choice
380 3rd Ave.
b/w 27th & 28th St.

$$$$$

3.1

Mojito Loco
102 Meserole St.
b/w Leonard St. & Manhattan Ave.

$$$$$

3.1

Degustation
239 E 5th St.
b/w 2nd & 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

3.1

6

Last night I went to Degustation for dinner. You might be wondering why would I choose this place? Well, Iíve been meaning to eat here for a while ever since Iíve read Frank Brunií.. >

Smorgas Chef
53 Stone St.
b/w Hanover Sq & Broad St.

$$$$$

3.2

Nook
746 9th Ave.
b/w 50th & 51st St.

$$$$$

3.2

Sammy's Noodle Shop & Grill
453 6th Ave.
corner of 11th St.

$$$$$

3.2