Archives for July 2012

Jack Bistro – Greenwich Village Neighborhood Favorite

Jack Bistro NYC Review Bar Restaurant Greenwich Village Manhattan New York City

 

Business Travelers:  Do you recommend Jack Bistro for
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Co-workers, Colleagues or Customers?
Conducting Business; having a Business meeting?
Dining alone?
Women Business Travelers dining alone?
Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
Enjoyable food?
Meeting other Business Travelers?
Rating: 3.7/5 (6 votes cast)

 

Excited to be back in NYC, move complete, and to introduce New York BarTaste reviews. There are still several Philly Reviews to deliver which you will see over the next several weeks sprinkled among the New York reviews. For my first NYC review I decided to use the opportunity to reacquaint myself with my old neighborhood, Greenwich Village. I chose a longtime neighborhood standard, Jack Bistro on University Place.

The Jack Bistro Experience: I walk into Jack on Monday June 25, 2012 about  9:00 P.M. The place has not changed much, the menu has become a simpler French inspired bar food selection. The place is not very crowded although it is a little later on Monday night. Jack offers a $20 three course dinner special, a nice surprise, and you can substitute a glass of wine for one course which I do. I order the Lamb Bolognaise, desert and a glass of wine, all for $20.  Food was very good and the price made it even better. Bar is on the smaller side in a corner with 4 seats on the short side and 6 on the longer side. The short side seats offer a view of the restaurant through the often open full length glass windows to the outdoor seating area and the busy sidewalk beyond. Of course a guy comes in, sits right next to me (why?) and reeks of cigarette smoke. I get the idea he is a regular and that I am next to his regular seat so avoid the third and fourth seats from the corner. One television in the corner showing the Mets who lost to the Cubs. Being a Phillies fan in NYC I was not sad. Bartender extremely engaging and friendly.

Business Travelers: No business people around this evening. Not the place you would normally travel to from other parts of the city if traveling on business but a great casual choice if you are in the Greenwich Village neighborhood. Especially appealing is the outdoor seating. I have seen several business people taking a break, eating lunch or people watching from the large number of outdoor tables in the afternoon and evening. Women traveling on business will feel welcome and comfortable in Jack and the surrounding neighborhood.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Jack Bistro
80 University Place at 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
212-620-5544
Jack Bistro Menu
New York Magazine Jack Bistro Review

Jack Bistro & Bar on Urbanspoon

South Philly Bar & Grill – One Of Philly’s Best Sports Bars

Philly Sports Bar BarMeal Reviewed Business Traveler

Business Travelers:  Do you recommend  South Philly Bar & Grill for

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Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
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Rating: 2.7/5 (2 votes cast)

 

South Philly Bar & Grill is all about location, you guessed it: South Philadelphia, next to the famous Geno’s and Pat’s cheesesteak palaces.  SPBG is the quintessential Philadelphia sports bar and a great place to watch any Philly game with some of the most devoted fans anywhere.  The area is swarming with tourists so beware. One of BarTaste’s Top 10 Places To Watch The Phillies.

There are other good sports bars closer to the Center City Business District, Convention Center and hotels (see Top 10 Places to watch the Phillies) so is it worth the trip? It certainly is if you are walking the nearby Italian Market, which is worth seeing. Go ahead and do the tourist cheesesteak thing, I prefer Pat’s over Geno’s but really recommend foregoing both in favor of Steve’s Prince of Steaks (the original on Bustleton Avenue).  Remember, Cheese Wiz is for tourists, get provolone cheese.

The South Philly Bar & Grill Experience: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 about 6:30 P.M. I arrive with some friends primarily to watch the Phillies but the Sixers and Flyers are both in the playoffs and on tonight.  It is a big night for Philly sports. Surprisingly, few people here now although it does fill up later but certainly never became crowded.  There was some confusion about not being able to have all three games on at once but with some prodding from customers all three games were finally on. Center bar, my favorite, almost a triangle with about 5 seats and 3 seats on the two shorter sides and about 13 seats on each of the two longer sides. Televisions everywhere so pick your game then select a seat.

We order appetizers to be followed by sandwiches but they all come at once.  Order separately if you don’t want them all together.  The Onion Rings and Italian Sausage and Peppers were good.  The sausage is made locally in the nearby Italian Market.  Both the Phillies and Sixers win, making me happy.

Business Travelers: No business people around and if you are a woman business traveler I’m sure the very nice and friendly bartenders (sisters?) would make sure you were comfortable at the bar.  Worth the trip from Center City if you are looking for a real Philly sports bar experience away from Center City, are visiting the Italian Market or are being touristy with cheesesteaks.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

South Philly Bar & Grill
1235 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-334-3300
South Philly Bar & Grill Menu
CNN 101 of the Best Sports Bars in the U.S.

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