Archives for August 2012

Bar Six – Greenwich Village Moroccan & French with Sixth Avenue Action


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Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
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Rating: 3.4/5 (4 votes cast)

Continuing my neighborhood focus I go up Sixth Avenue a bit to another local favorite, Bar Six.  (For tourists: Sixth Avenue is Avenue Of The Americas). Usually packed with locals and tourists, Bar Six is always a welcoming place. Looks like a French Bistro with a Moroccan twist.  Come to Greenwich Village and eat your way through the neighborhood. I’m extremely happy to be back in New York.

The Bar Six Experience: Sunday, July 1, 2012 about 8:15 P.M . I walk into Bar Six, sit down at the bar and have a glass of wine. Not feeling too hungry I order two appetizers, the Moroccan Spiced Meatballs and a Salad. I usually eat all the food I order and always order too much because it all looks good. My life has become an endless cycle of eating then furious exercise. I get 8 big meatballs and a great salad, more than enough food and quite good, thoroughly enjoyed it. I think I am on to something with the two appetizer plan. Lots more to try on the menu and will be back soon.

New bartender Phoebe is very friendly and doing a great job.  Other patrons are terrific as well.  Bar Six is a good place to hang at the bar and have a nice meal.

The bar has about 8 seats on long side and 6 seat on short.  The bar faces the wall but sitting on the longer side you can see quite a bit of the restaurant with a view extending through the large open floor to ceiling doors out to all the happenings on Sixth Avenue. No televisions, no problem.

NYC I AM BACK!.

Business Travelers: Not many business people on this Sunday night. I’ve seen more during the week. Definitely welcoming if you are traveling on business or want to go out with coworkers or clients. Another great place to watch Greenwich Village go by but this time on busy Sixth Avenue. Stop by Murray’s Bagels (SOUND ALERT – ENOUGH WITH THE AUTOPLAY PEOPLE!) next door for some of the best bagels Manhattan has to offer (get the Norwegian  Salmon). Full of local professionals after work and for dinner during the week. Nice place to watch Greenwich Village go by, especially for those visiting NYC.  Women traveling on business will feel welcome and comfortable in Bar Six.  Check out some of the most beautiful blocks in Manhattan, West 10th, 11th and 12th between 6th and 5th Avenues.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Bar Six
502 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
212-691-1363

Bar Six Menu
TripAdvisor Bar Six Reviews

Bar 6 on Urbanspoon

D’Angelo’s – Favorite Old School Philly Italian, a Classic

D'Angelos Italian Restaurant Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square
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Rating: 4.3/5 (3 votes cast)


D’Angelo’s Ristorante Italiano
has been my favorite Philly old school classic Italian restaurant ever since I moved back to Philly in 2009. After growing up in Philly, then living in New York most of my adult life, I found myself back in Philly and discovered D’Angelo’s only a few blocks from where I was living. I love this place. Philly’s restaurant scene is so vibrant, diverse, new, classic, odd, trendy, old school and new school you can find something in every niche. This place reminds me of that proper, high end, classic, loud and fun Italian. It’s in Rittenhouse Square, not the usual South Philly Italian neighborhood, so it needs to be good to thrive. Yes, there are more classic Italians beloved by many all over Philly, but this one is a favorite because of the bar experience. All of Philly’s Italian neighborhoods are not in South Philly, Hello Tacony!

The D’Angelo’s Experience: I arrive on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 about 7:30 P.M.  I already know what I will be ordering, always the same thing, Clams Casino and Veal Parmigiana. The clams are whole with big junks of bacon with the right spices while the veal is always fresh and cooked perfectly with a side of veggies. The bread and the garlic infused oil are wonderful. The bar is full of locals, arty types and professionals, along with traveling business people and the required gathering of Godfather types. I sit at the bar and of course the Phillies game is on at the end of the bar by the door. Always sports on this TV, always Philly, never have to ask.  D’Angelo’s is on my 10 Best Places to Watch the Phillies list. Bartender has been there for years and he is always friendly, direct and efficient, perfect. I actually change my mind and order the Sicilian Sausage appetizer with the Veal Parm, hungry tonight.  It does not disappoint.  The food, bread, Chianti and the Phillies make for a great evening. One of the Godfather types comes over, asks about my meal and says he want that and changes his order, nice guy.

I sit about midway down the long side of the bar which partly faces a wall but half faces a large window out to the 2000 block of Rittenhouse Square which oddly is not on Rittenhouse Square, rather a block away. The long side of the bar has about 10 seats with 4 on one short end and 3 on the other.  All seats are good for feeling part of all the activity and fun.  Sit on the long side or short end by the kitchen if you want to see the television and the activity at the front door.

Business Travelers:  This place is a not trendy nor the coolest rather old school and classic so casual but smart dress is a good way to go. D’Angelo’s is great for a business meeting or going out with coworkers or colleagues. Close to the Business District and Hotels and great for an after dinner walk through Rittenhouse Square, the surrounding shops and entertainment. Nice place to watch the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood go by, especially for those visiting Philly. If you want a “walking desert” stop by Yogorino down the block.  There is a dance floor which opens later which can easily be avoided if you are just out for dinner. Women traveling on business will feel welcome and comfortable in D’Angelo’s and especially in the surrounding neighborhood.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

D’Angelo’s Ristorante Italiano
256 South 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 546-3935

D’Angelo’s Ristorante Italiano Menu
Philadelphia Magazine D’Angelo’s Review

D'Angelo's Ristorante Italiano on Urbanspoon

Jeffrey’s Grocery – Good Food and Watch the World Go By in the West Village


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Rating: 4.1/5 (3 votes cast)

Usually these reviews are done in order but when I have a really good experience I want to get it out so this one got bumped to the top of the list. Still many New York and Philly reviews just waiting to get published, stay tuned.

Jeffrey’s Grocery opened during my three year hiatus from New York. I’ve walked by several times and the place looked so inviting I had to go back.

The Jeffrey’s Grocery Experience: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 about 8:30 P.M. I walk in and am greeted by the host. Looking at the two bars, I see no seats. The host says they are only seating dinner patrons at the bar and I say perfect, I am here for dinner at the bar. Not often I experience this, very interesting and keeps the bar area clear. I still see no seats but the host carefully and very nicely squeezes me in. Great guy, getting pulled in many directions by staff and by the many customers coming in the door. No televisions, no problem.

I have a drink and order the lobster and spaghetti, bartender says it is their most popular dish and it was terrific, took some home for later. $38, 1 ½ lb. de-shelled lobster and worth it, delicious. Check out the NY Chow Report Video above.

One bar and a chef’s counter. Bar is small and faces the wall, 3 seats on short end and 6 on longer end. I sit in the third seat from the wall on the short end and can see the entire restaurant, chef’s bar and kitchen. I can also see the street through the large windows on the Waverly Place side with my back to Christopher Street. There are a few high tops around the bar where you can just come and have a drink. Nice chatty patrons, nice bartender, warm evening with the door open and open kitchen. Chef’s counter was larger with about 4 seats on the short side and 8 seats on longer end.

Next visit is for the skirt steak which I was told was delish. Menu leans toward seafood and oysters but a nice selection of meat. Full name is Jeffrey’s Grocery Restaurant & Oyster Bar.

Business Travelers: Lots of business people and several financial conversations happening along with some neighborhood people. Tight with a higher noise level, perfect for business travelers looking for a fun night out and a great meal or a place to take clients. Nice place to watch the West Village go by, especially for those visiting NYC. Women traveling on business will feel welcome and comfortable in Jeffrey’s and the surrounding neighborhood.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Jeffrey’s Grocery
172 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10014
646-398-7630

Jeffrey’s Grocery Menu
Zagat’s Jeffrey’s Grocery Reviews

Jeffrey's Grocery on Urbanspoon