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...
Dec 20, 2012

Crudo Night at Ballarò

Ballarò is a little Italian bistro on 2nd Avenue that is one of my favorite places for a coffee or modest lunch. They have excellent panini, including some breakfast specialties, good well-selected w...
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...
Jul 5, 2011

Vandaag

Dutch and Scandinavian are perhaps the two most underrepresented European cuisines in NYC restaurants, and also two of my favorites. So needless to say I have been a few times to Vandaag, a cleanly de...
Sep 18, 2010

East Village Brunches

In these times, Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the East Village are about the consumption of offbeat re-considerations of traditional brunches. I call your attention to the music paper thin breakfa...
Oct 18, 2009

Bär-bõ-né

The eccentrically punctuated Bär-bõ-né (vaguely evoking its Avenue B location) is ostensibly Italian, and the menu bears out the claim – antipasti, primi, secondi – but there is something unmis...
Oct 12, 2009

26 Seats

When I first moved to the East Village in New York City, 26 Seats was an okay bistro around the corner with decent but not terribly memorable food or ambiance. I tried it once, was indifferently satis...