A Yankees bar packed with Red Sox fans?
It’s Rudy Giuliani‘s new campaign headquarters!
Or it could be. With 72 screens crammed into such a narrow tavern, Blue Seats feels like a military command center, albeit one serving truffle-oiled mac ‘n cheese for $16 a plate.
The inescapable and overwhelming TV Read More
We found ourselves, by accident (long short story), eating lunch on Wednesday at Union Square Cafe. That, in itself, wouldn’t be noteworthy, but it happened to be the day that the Zagat 2008 guide came out; and Union Square Cafe happened to be named the most popular restaurant in New York City.
As Read More
As the fall chill sets in and the thought of bundling up in ski gear to stand in line at Shake Shack sounds less appealing, Goodburger offers a sleek, climate-controlled alternative.
For a slight price hike, of course: $10.75 for a double cheeseburger? Even Danny Meyer isn’t that shameless.
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The Night Cafe abounded on Thursday night with the sort of sad glee one might find in a sports bar dedicated to a losing team: You know it’s hopeless, but the company of strangers struggling in the same lost cause helps immensely.
The Morningside Heights dive bar is expected to close this weekend, thrown Read More
Spitzer’s Corner raises a big middle finger to the regnant sensibility of au courant Lower East Side nightlife.
Unpretentious, friendly in service, possessed of immaculate oysters and mussels, and with a beer list to rival any pub in the borough, the bar felt on a recent Thursday night like your favorite college hangout—only scrubbed Read More
It’s no walk in Madison Square Park but standing in line amid scattered peanut shells, decorative stacks of potato sacks, and Kmart-esque florescent lighting is good for a rainy day.
“Now D.C.’s got nuthin’ on us!” declared one of many proudly posted comment cards displayed inside the delightfully boastful suburban Washington, D.C.-founded burger Read More
The first U.S. branch of Japanese noodle chain Ramen Setagaya sticks out pleasantly on First Avenue in the East Village.
At 2 p.m. on Thursday, the bright, sparsely adorned place had a distinctly, well, Japanese feel to it: blaring Japanese pop music, customers reading Japanese newspapers, a Japanese game show on the flat-screen—and, of Read More
For all the clamor and crowds initially drawn to Whole Foods on the Bowery, which opened this past spring, the place is an organic ghost town during the daytime.
“Hello? Hellooooo?” huffed one silk-shirted gentleman who lingered several minutes without service by an unattended meat counter one recent Thursday afternoon.
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For a venue that strives to reflect the down-home feel of a small college-town hangout, the new NYU-area Grey Dog Coffee sure picked an awfully early bedtime.
3 p.m.? Even the kiddies in Poughkeepsie stay out later than that!
"JUST WORKIN OUT THE KINKS" reads a sign at the entrance of Read More
"I feel like I just stepped into Alabama."
Indeed. Except it was the eastern edge of Chelsea, where Hill Country Barbecue Market opened recently. Still, the random gentleman who made that remark wasn't far off–the joint exudes a decidedly un-Manhattan flavor in both its cuisine and its service.
First, the cuisine. At the end of Read More