Quality Italian – Fun and High Quality Italian – Perfect Name in Midtown

Quality Italian Restaurant New York Manhattan Midtown
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Rating: 4.0/5 (6 votes cast)

When you select a name like Quality Italian for your restaurant you have already set expectations very high. After two visits I can tell you that those expectations have been exceeded. The first visit with friends had me wanting much more so I returned to have a meal at the bar.

The Quality Italian Experience: On a snowy Tuesday evening I decide it is time for a Midtown Manhattan review and head to Quality Italian. Being a Tuesday with snow I’m sure there will be lots of room. I arrive to find the bar full.

Quality Italian (QI for short) has a small bar downstairs but the slightly larger upstairs bar is where the action is. All the 8 seats on the long side facing the wall and the couple on the short side facing into the main dining room are full. One of these has been strangely co-opted by a woman sitting with friends in a small cocktail area next to the bar. Sitting substantially higher than her friends, and precariously leaning over, she looks as if she will shortly tumble over. The bartender, another patron and myself look at her quizzically and shrug.

The bartender, an extremely nice and attentive guy, asks what I would like to drink. I reply that I was hoping to sit at the bar for dinner. He replies that should not be a problem with a knowing nod and a smile. I order a drink and settle in, standing at the corner of the bar, waiting for a seat.

A regular is eating dinner next to me and she knows the bartender well, raving about the food. My new friend offers me a piece of an appetizer she is eating, Dry-Aged Porterhouse Agnolotti. It is terrific and I have a new best friend.

A seat opens up at the end of the bar and, before someone down there can snag it, the bartender guides me over into the seat. I finally settle in for what turns out to be a great meal.

I start with the Baked Clams, perfectly done and delicious. Make sure you have plenty of the freshly baked bread to soak up all the leftovers from the clams. Next is something I have been waiting for all week, the Veal Chop Milanese. Yes it is $39 but worth every cent. Pounded veal cooked perfectly with very tasty House Pickled Peppers & Mozzarella. I ate it slowly, thoroughly savoring every bite.

The bar area began filling and I made more friends, QI is a fun place. I met a couple from Long Island and she was making her own drink. After ordering a martini she pulled out a packet of Crystal Lite lemonade mix and poured it in. She did not have a name for the drink but she was certainly happy. Now I like martinis and Crystal Lite but don’t expect to be mixing them together anytime soon.

Business Travelers: Quality Italian is absolutely terrific for Business Travelers and anyone who wants to entertain clients, colleagues, friends or coworkers. In a top location, this restaurant is convenient to most buildings and hotels in Midtown Manhattan. It is worth the trip if even if you are staying downtown. QI is close to Central Park and all the very high-end Midtown Manhattan shopping and the city’s premiere office locations. I met several business women who felt very comfortable dining alone at QI’s bar and do so on a regular basis

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★★

Quality Italian
57 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
212-390-1111

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The Spotted Pig – The Best Food & Fun in New York and the West Village

The Spotted Pig West Village Manhattan New York

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Rating: 4.6/5 (4 votes cast)

The Spotted Pig is a celebrated and extremely popular gastropub in New York’s West Village.  Host to many well-known people and boldface names it can be a challenge to get into on many evenings. New York in the summer makes places like this just a bit easier to handle so on a slow summer Monday night I head to The Spotted Pig. Even though the crowds descend here often, the terrific staff makes the no reservation policy easy to deal with by pointing out some alternative seating at the bar and other places and cheerfully taking your name and number to call you when your table opens while you stroll the beautiful local Greenwich Village streets.

The Spotted Pig Experience: On Monday, July 9, 2012 about 7:30 P.M. I snag the last bar seat downstairs at the corner of the bar, order a drink and take a look at the menu and specials. I was lucky to get this seat but this is the first full summer weekday in the after the 4th of July holiday weekend. Less people in the city makes grabbing a seat easier. Not easy making a food selection from the creative but comfortably familiar menu. The Spotted Pig is well known for their Deviled Eggs which I order. Some of us at the bar discuss how we think they “cheated” when making the eggs, using more than one yolk per egg to create the heaping, overflowing and yummy filling in the Deviled Eggs. The crowd at the bar was fun and engaging, really making the entire experience terrific. The Spotted Pig is also a destination known for their burger and shoestring fries which I order. They were great and did not disappoint. The guy next to me had the Sea Bass which looked very good and he raved about it.

There are two bars, upstairs and downstairs. The downstairs bar is small facing the wall but juts into the room so you feel part of the crowd. It has about 7 seats on the long side with one short side having 3 seats with the other side having 2 seats and the service area. I sit in the corner near the door  enabling a view of much of the restaurant. The upstairs bar runs along a wall and is irregularly shaped with a couple of slight angles and about the same number of seats as the first floor bar. People are unbelievable friendly, as is the staff.

Business Travelers:  I mentioned several times about the crowds and possible waits but don’t be discouraged. It’s worth waiting a bit and the staff will happily work with you to keep you updated on timing. This is such a friendly and fun place with a terrific staff that I highly recommend it for an evening out for a taste of New York while traveling for Business. Great place to people watch, with a mix of locals, business people and tourists all having a great time. Excellent for all types of business activities with friends, coworkers, clients and colleagues. It is not a quiet place. Of course the West Village neighborhood is a great walking area with beautiful residential blocks and shopping. Allow time for a nice stroll and stop at Magnolia Bakery for a cupcake, yes they are standing in a long line there for cupcakes. A perfect place for Women traveling on business, you  will feel welcome and comfortable in The Spotted Pig and the surrounding neighborhood.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★★ 

The Spotted Pig
314 West 11th Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 620-0393

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

Philly Sports Bar BarMeal Reviewed Business Traveler

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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
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Misconduct Tavern – Good Food, Good Sports, Good Time

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Rating: 3.3/5 (3 votes cast)

 

After so looking forward to the Phillies home opener, my friend and I found ourselves in a quickly emptying, very cold and windy Citizens Bank Park.  The Phillies offense was nonexistent (sorry Cole) so we left the park to finish watching the game and enjoy a meal at the bar at Misconduct Tavern.

We got to Misconduct about 3:45pm on Monday, April 9, 2012.  Drowning our sorrows after a sad start to the season, we did not order food immediately, instead we ordered beer. Misconduct was very empty with almost every seat available. We had prime bar seats, right in the middle with a clear view of the televisions.  It was a Monday and we had arrived during the gap between lunch and dinner.  I suspect Monday brings less people also and anyone who played hooky from work to see the opening game had long gone back. The bartender, in her Shane Victorino shirt, was extremely nice, talkative, engaging and very sports knowledgeable.  We were having a fun time even though the place was empty.

We began by ordering the Fried Calamari and the Avocado Fries. The fries were quite good, actually fried pieces of avocado with a terrific garlic aioli dipping sauce, I highly recommend.  The calamari was good as well.  Misconduct also has a rotating daily special selection of homemade hotdogs, an interesting idea but a challenge to execute while trying to present a wide range of novel ingredients.  The selection today

was Mahi, Duck and Spicy Pork.  These are not your normal hotdog prices but the size and ingredients justify a premium.  My friend and I go for one Mahi and one Duck. The hotdogs are good size and look delicious. We were disappointed in the Mahi, not really enjoying its mushy texture. The duck was better but I think we were expecting to be wowed but that did not happen.  I regret not selecting the Spicy Pork, I bet it would have been tasty, and I will be back to sample more of the dogs to get a better idea of how good they really are.

Misconduct is one place I enjoy tremendously.  It is number one on my top 10 list of places to watch the Phillies and eat at the bar.  It’s the excellent, friendly staff, nicely sized bar, engaging patrons and televisions which combine to make for a great experience.  The bar is long and faces the wall but is such a big presence within the total space that almost any seat is a good seat.  There are about 18 seats on the long side of the bar and about 5 on the short side.  Our fun waitress changed the channel from the postgame show once the Phillies game ended which was fine with us.  I asked about this and she said people have little interest in postgame show and they always change the channel.  After talking to her a little more it seems they pay close attention to what is on TV at any particular time, detail I find lacking in many bars which purport to be “Sports Bars”  You walk in and suddenly you are watching reruns of Wheel of Fortune on giant beautiful HD televisions and you can tell that the management just does not care.  Kudos to Misconduct for caring and saving me from Game Show Network reruns. I give a 4 star rating as I have been here many times and thoroughly enjoy the food and my time spent eating at the bar.

Business Travelers: Misconduct is a good place to come alone to sit at the bar and eat or to come with colleagues or customers.  Good for women business travelers traveling alone. It is a casual gastropub with food a good notch above typical bar food.  It can become too lively for some during a few peak times and significant sporting events so plan accordingly.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Misconduct Tavern
1511 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-732-5797
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10 Best Restaurant Bars for Watching The Phillies

The Phillies opener is so close, I feel like a 5 year old waiting for Christmas. I’ve got my tickets for the home opener on Monday April 9th but where will I watch the season opener at the Pirates on Thursday April 5th?  I know its at 1:35 on a Thursday afternoon so boot camp will have to do without me this week. You will probably find me eating at the bar at one of these places:

1. Misconduct Tavern

It’s like the stars aligned: food, seats, TVs, bartenders and other customers, all terrific.  It’s the best.

1511 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA (215) 732-5797
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2. Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse

Adult party place, super enthusiastic crowd and Tatter Tots!

1823 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA (215) 665-9500
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3. Perch Pub

Really like the food, great staff and friendly crowd.  Could stay here, eat and drink for hours.  Second floor view can’t be beat. One of the TVs is too high and you have to crane your neck upward to watch.

1345 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA (215) 546-4090
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