Oct 22, 2013

Bohemian

Secret restaurants are a thing. You hear about them in Europe, in Buenos Aires, in New York. Some are pop ups, some are tucked away in dark alleys or at the back of other establishments. It is the aes...
Mar 2, 2013

Cata

“Cata” means “tasting” or “bit or sample” in Spanish, and so the experience of the so-named Iberian bar and restaurant on the Bowery is best understood less as tapa...
Dec 31, 2012

The Brandy Library

I am sure that on this New Year’s Eve there will be a sedate and dignified celebration at the Brandy Library, to which I was privileged to pay my first visit on Friday evening. There is a kind of hu...
Aug 5, 2012

The Spanish G and T

The tradition in saunas is to be beaten with a pine branch, and so I sought solace in the swelter that was Manhattan on Saturday in the great juniper based cocktail that is a gin and tonic. For that I...
Mar 14, 2012

William Barnacle Tavern

You are looking at absinthe just louched at the William Barnacle Tavern in the East Village, an eccentric establishment if ever there was one, owned and run by a descendant of Restoration playwright T...
Sep 27, 2011

Amor y Amargo

Amor y Amargo popped up a few months ago, just steps from Tompkins Square Park, to become one of the more interesting little bars in New York, specializing in homemade vermouth on tap, bitters and oth...