Pumpkin Fatigue?


Pumpkin Fatigue?

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It’s that time of year, we will be suffering Pumpkin Fatigue very soon, what about you? It happens every Fall. Pumpkin Spice Oreos are here via HuffPost Taste. Zagat has pumpkin for everyone everywhere with it’s Regional Pumpkin Guide: 25 Must-Try Dishes for Fall. We’re getting a little tired of the orange fellow. We do love Tastykake’s Pumpkin Pies though! Which pumpkin list is your favorite? Will you be happy when it is all over?

The Dutch – Comfortable, Terrific American. A Soho Spot Sure to Be a Regular Destination

The Dutch Soho New York City Bar Room Business Travelers: Do you recommend The Dutch for

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Rating: 4.2/5 (5 votes cast)

The Dutch occupies a prime corner at Prince and Sullivan Streets in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood. The spot, west of West Broadway (a mouthful), is removed from the tourist onslaught centered on West Broadway and points east. This makes for a pleasant meal at a lively restaurant with terrific food. After a super strenuous workout at Barry’s Bootcamp in Tribeca, I’m strolling through Soho heading home to Greenwich Village on a beautiful afternoon. I approach The Dutch and realize this is exactly what the bootcamp instructor would want me to do, stop in for a fancy cocktail (or two!) and a big weekend brunch! The Dutch did not disappoint.

The Dutch Experience: The Dutch is a popular restaurant usually packed for brunch on the weekends. I arrive about noon and seem to have beaten the rush. The main dining room is closest to the street corner and the “bar room” is further back facing Prince Street. The day is beautiful and the large windows are all open to the street. The bar has three sides with about 4 seats on the shorter side and 7 on the long side with the final short side being a service area. The bar room has the bar in the center with seating along the walls. There are about six window seats looking directly out onto Prince Street. On a beautiful day like this, with the windows wide open, these are probably some of the best seats in the place. Sit here, enjoy the weather and watch the day walk by as you enjoy your meal. I sit at the bar, this is BarTaste after all, in a seat on the long side near the corner of the bar. This gives me a terrific view of much of the restaurant and the view out the windows to both Sullivan and Prince Streets. The bar staff are quite nice and friendly.

I start off with the Mellow Punch – Mellow Corn Whiskey, Maraschino Liqueur and freshly made orange and pineapple juices. Very tasty and a great way to start brunch. I spy the Pork Breakfast Roll with egg, cheese, mustard and a hot pepper. Being from Philadelphia, where Taylor’s Pork Roll is a big favorite, I ask about The Dutch’s version. It is house made and sliced thick. I order the Pork Breakfast Roll. My meal arrives and I know I did not go wrong. The thick cut pork roll, on a house made bun, is topped with beautiful, fluffy and cheesy eggs, seemingly an entire omelette. A tasty side salad completes the meal. The bun is topped with a hot pepper which I quickly slice and add to the sandwich. The food is wonderful and, as I begin to eat, it just gets better and better and I realize how large the sandwich is. This is a substantial meal and terrific, I take my time and enjoy every bite.

The Dutch Soho New York City Pork Breakfast Roll Brunch

The Dutch Pork Breakfast Roll, Eggs, Cheese, Mustard, Hot Pepper Photo Valerie C. Yelp

Business Travelers: The Dutch is a terrific destination located in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood (South of Houston – that’s How-ston not Hew-ston!), worth the trip from most parts of New York. A great way to spend a day or evening in New York City with with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. The time I was there the clientele seemed to be mostly from the neighborhood so it is a good choice to sample one of New York’s neighborhood hangouts. Allow extra time to spend in Soho with it’s cast-iron buildings and experience some of the best walking, shopping and nightlife in the city. Although many of the galleries have moved to other neighborhoods such as West Chelsea, there are many still to see and beautiful streets for strolling, people watching and spending. This central location puts many other Manhattan nieghborhoods such as Greenwich Village, Noho, Lower East Side, Little Italy, Tribeca and Chinatown within easy walking distance. A comfortable place for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆

The Dutch
131 Sullivan Street (at Prince St)
New York, NY10012
212-677-6200

The Dutch Menu

The Dutch on Urbanspoon

Which Top Burger List is Tops?


Which Top Burger List is Tops?
Merman Burger - Courtesy Pornburger.me
Merman Burger Courtesy Pornburger.me

Top burger lists are everywhere. Tasting Table has a great new Top 10 NYC Burger list. I look through the lists carefully and keep a personal score of which I’ve tried. I love burgers.

Umami Burger has opened their first location in New York and I’m sure all the list makers are checking it out. I bet the Umami Burger will shake up some lists to come.

Here are two lists which I really like from Fork In The Road Blog at the Village Voice and from Thrillist New York. Which of these do you prefer or is there a better one?

Kin Shop – Fantastic Contemporary Thai & Terrific Fried Chicken Sandwich

Kin Shop Fried Crispy Chicken Sandwich Manhattan Greenwich Village New York

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Rating: 4.2/5 (4 votes cast)

Kin Shop has been a favorite in Greenwich Village since it opened. Dinner has always been delicious with a fresh, inventive take on Thai food which keeps diners returning time after time. I’ve had the fried chicken at Kin Shop so when I heard about the Crispy Chicken Sandwich I had to get there fast to give it a try.

The Kin Shop Experience: The Crispy Chicken Sandwich is only served at lunch during the week and at brunch on the weekends. Early one weekend afternoon I head to Kin Shop and find the restaurant not too full with several seats open at the bar. I am pleasantly surprised and sit down to take a look at the menu but I already know what I am going to order.

The bar has about 7 seats facing the wall. There is also a 4 seat chef’s counter facing the open kitchen in the back. I choose to sit near the right end of the bar where I can see all the kitchen action to my right and through the restaurant out onto Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas for the tourists) to my left.


Before I order, someone else sitting at the bar receives his Crispy Chicken Sandwich order. I order one for myself and he nods his approval. He looks like he is thoroughly enjoying it so I am looking forward to my own.

The chicken has a fried coating which is crunchy and very tasty, clearly the star of the show. The in-house baked bun has a slight kick and easily cradles the chicken toppings of napa cabbage slaw, thai-style pickles and nam prik ong sauce. On the side comes emping chips made from the melinjo nut. These chips are much lighter and airier than potato chips and a welcome change from the usual salty sides of potato chips or french fries.

Another new arrival at the bar and another chicken sandwich order is placed. Very pleased with my meal. The hard working staff were very friendly and attentive, making for an overall great experience.

Next time I go to Kin Shop, I hope to come for dinner and snag one of the four seats at the chef’s counter, looks like it would make for a fun meal.

Business Travelers: For both contemporary reinterpretations of traditional Thai dishes and wholly new items inspired by Thai ingredients, Kin Shop can’t be beat. Located Downtown in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, Kin Shop is great for Business Travelers and anyone who wants to entertain clients, colleagues, friends or coworkers. Leave yourself some extra time to explore the nearby neighborhoods. Very good starting or ending point for a walking tour of what some say are the most beautiful blocks in Greenwich Village and the city, West 10th, 11th and 12th Streets between 6th and 5th Avenues. Take a stroll through the streets of the West Village with beautiful residential blocks and shopping. Noho, Soho and Chelsea are also nearby. Great for women traveling alone on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆

Kin Shop
469 6th Avenue (11th Street)
New York, NY 10011
212-675-4295

Kin Shop Menu

Kin Shop on Urbanspoon

 

Parm – Terrific Old School Italian-American in Little Italy

Parm Restaurant Little Italy restaurant Manhattan New York

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Rating: 3.9/5 (5 votes cast)

What can you say about a Little Italy restaurant whose red typefaced menu is heavy on red gravy and traditional Italian-American fare? Delicious! This has always been a favorite food of mine, evidenced by these previous reviews and Parm does it well. It’s all here: meatball and chicken parm, sausage & peppers, turkey and eggplant sandwiches. A different dinner special is served each night. Unfortunately the Veal Parm is only available on Saturday night so I missed it. Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone are behind this restaurant. This same duo is behind critically acclaimed, high-end, red-gravy Carbone where the Veal Parmesan is $54. I wonder if Parm’s $25 Veal Parm Saturday dinner special is comparable? I will find out and report back.

The Parm Experience: Entering Parm you might think you have arrived in a diner. One quick look at what everyone is eating at the counter confirms you are in the right location. Several people are hanging in the entry area waiting for tables. All the seats at the counter are taken so I pause when someone comes comes over and asks it they can help me. I say I was hoping to eat at the counter and they quickly pull out a stool and deftly place it in a gap at the counter’s corner near the door. My seat luck strikes again. There are about about 8 seats on long side and now 2 on the short, including mine.

Realizing there will be no Veal Parm today, I order the meatball parm hero sandwich and baked clams. The hero comes on classic Italian bread. Other options for all sandwiches include a semolina roll or a no bread platter with a side salad or ziti. The sandwich is wonderful. The meatballs are perfectly cooked, not overdone, tender and nicely seasoned pairing well with the gravy and mozzarella. Maybe the best meatballs I have ever had (sorry Mom & Dad). The clams were a great start to the meal. I order the Pizza Knots to go and the treat continued at home.

Looking around at my fellow diners I drool (not literally) at the Baked Ziti with Meat Gravy, Chicken Parm and the Semolina rolls. The atmosphere is diner-like with 1960’s “tap your foot” dance music. There are 2 small TVs both showing Basketball on ESPN.

Business Travelers: Parm is centrally located in Downtown Manhattan and is terrific for Business Travelers and anyone who wants to entertain clients, colleagues, friends or coworkers. If you want a casual real Little Italy experience, this is your place. Go on a nice day or evening and leave some time to walk the neighborhood. Explore some of the very popular small shops, bars and restaurants, both new and old, throughout the Lower East Side. Parm’s central location puts you within an easy walk to other Manhattan neighborhoods like NoHo, SoHo and Greenwich Village. Great for women traveling alone on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Parm
248 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10012
212-993-7189

Parm Menu

Parm on Urbanspoon

Boulton and Watt – Lower East Side Gem: Terrific Food & Service with Fun, Energetic Crowd

Boulton and Watt American Gastropub Restaurant Manhattan New York

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Rating: 4.1/5 (3 votes cast)

The Lower East Side of Manhattan has become a hotbed of activity over the years, from trendy shops to both excellent and lousy restaurants and a hopping nightlife. Boulton and Watt is one of the excellent restaurants with an energetic, bustling, happy and professional crowd.  No matter where you may be in the city, if want to explore some new neighborhoods, make the Lower East Side (LES) and Boulton and Watt a first stop.

The Boulton and Watt Experience: Finally, bright sunshine and temperatures in the 50’s, a welcome relief after weeks of cold and snow. Everyone is out on this Saturday afternoon. I decide to walk the LES and remember the good things I’ve heard about Boulton and Watt and decide to check it out.

About 1:45 pm on a Saturday I walk in to find the place full and bustling, everyone is having a good time. I go to the bar looking for a seat, nothing available. Bartender immediately comes over to ask if I want to see a menu. I say that I was hoping to find a seat and eat and he says I’ll get you your drink, just wait here, there are two people ready to get up in a few minutes. Sure enough I was soon sitting down looking at the menu. The bartender is terrific, attentive and personable all afternoon while I am there, making this meal very enjoyable.  

My seat is to the left of the long side of the bar directly in front of one of the two televisions with the Sochi Olympics on. The long side of the bar has about 12 seats with additional seats curving around the two shorter sides of the bar. The bright sunshine is streaming into the corner restaurant from the large windows on Avenue A, East 1st Street and Houston Street (pronounced “HOW”ston, not like the city in Texas). This is adding to the great vibe inside.

I’ve seen some online photos of the Chicken Pot Pie which was my intended first choice to order now that I finally got to come here. Unfortunately it was only going to be available at dinner. So I went to my backup choice, Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon. Now this dish was delicious, big on flavor, creamy with big chunks of bacon. Now I normally don’t take food pics to include here but this was so good I could not resist.

Boulton and Watt Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon NYC

Business Travelers: Boulton and Watt is a great way to get out of the ho- hum of Midtown Manhattan and explore some of Manhattan’s neighborhoods.  This place is terrific for Business Travelers and anyone who wants to entertain clients, colleagues, friends or coworkers. The noise level might be a little higher than usual but certainly manageable. Crowd seemed professional on my visit. Not a place for a quiet dinner. Start here and leave yourself time to walk around and explore some of the small shops, bars and restaurants both new and old throughout the Lower East Side. The spot is centrally located putting you within an easy walk to other Manhattan neighborhoods like The BoweryLittle Italy, Soho and Greenwich Village.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆

Boulton and Watt
5 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
646-490-6004

Boulton and Watt Menu

Boulton & Watt on Urbanspoon

Restaurant Information

 

* Restaurant Name
Boulton & Watt
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
East Village / American New
* Street Address
5 Ave. A (Corner of Ave. A & 1st St.), New York, NY 10009
* Phone
(646) 490-6004

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

Quality Italian Menu
The Daily Meal Quality Italian Review

Quality Italian Steakhouse on Urbanspoon

Cittanuova – A Great Treat At The Beach, Good Food & TVs with Sports

Cittanuova Italian Restaurant East Hampton New York Long Island

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Rating: 4.0/5 (3 votes cast)

 

Summer is over, not officially yet, but Labor Day has passed. We had a very nice bar meal outside of our usual locales. Here is an East Hampton review of one of my favorite bars to eat and watch sports or engage with a very friendly crowd. Trying to remember the good summer and extend it just a bit with this edition of BarTaste.

Out in the East End of Long Island in East Hampton I am enjoying a relaxing weekend with friends. I decide to break off to walk around the village when I come upon Cittanuova, a place where I have had many good meals and spent several Monday nights watching Monday Night Football in one of the few places with large televisions tuned to sports, Rowdy Hall is another. This being East Hampton, this contemporary Milanese Italian’s menu is higher end than others places televising sports, just another reason why I was pleased to be walking in the door to find a seat at the bar.

Cittanuova Experience: No, not another burger. I can hear the sighs of relief, no worries, more burger reviews to come. On a cool, drizzly Summer Saturday I walk in and and find a couple of open seats at the bar which handles about 12 people. The restaurant and bar are full but not crowded, it is later in the afternoon, giving it a nice vibe. Lots of people in the Village today because of the weather and many have come to Cittanuova for a leisurely lunch, hang out or wait for friends. I take a seat near the right side. The bar faces the wall with three large televisions, all tuned to sports. Behind me the restaurant opens to a very inviting patio facing the street bringing the sidewalk activity into the restaurant.

Checking my phone I realize there is a Mets game on, not the Phillies, but the National League East will do. This is New York after all. I ask the bartender to change one of the channels from ESPN and Golf to the baseball game. The bartender is having difficulty finding a listing for a live game and the guy next to me thinks this is an encore game. We quickly realize this is a rescheduled rained out game. This guy, being a Mets fan, is quite happy. I am pleased as well and settle in for lunch.

I order the Sopressata Frittata special from the very nice and extremely hardworking bartender. The meal, spicy sopressata with spinach, provolone and piccante was delicious and the perfect late lunch/brunch cure for a somewhat dreary afternoon at the beach. They mistakenly tried to at first serve me the Chicken Milanese which looked delicious as well.

Business Travelers: Cittanuova is a mix of weekenders from New York City, a business crowd, and local residents. While it is away from regular business centers this is The Hamptons where business is  being done all weekend so having a good place to meet with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues is cool. I know that there can be a wait at times and reservations are not accepted. An excellent place for women traveling alone on business. The location right on Newtown Lane, in the center of East Hampton Village, is ideal for a before or after meal stroll. The stores are very high end so prepare for lots of window shopping or big credit card charges. Parking in the Village parking lots is free but on days like today many have to cruise around the lots waiting for an open spot. Parking in the lots is limited to two hours and strictly enforced. Street parking may be more restrictive. Park on the perimeter of the Village, with less restrictions, and take nice walk into the center. Walk or ride to the beach. All beaches require East Hampton Village or East Hampton Town parking permits which are not issued for short periods. Some paid beach parking is available at Main Beach.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆

Cittanuova
29 Newtown Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 324-6300

Cittanuova Menu

Cittanuova on Urbanspoon

Smithfield – Great Sports Tavern and Soccer Mecca in Chelsea with Food to Match

Smithfield Sports Restaurant & Bar New York Manhattan Chelsea
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Rating: 3.7/5 (7 votes cast)

Here at BarTaste we are continuing to beef up our reviews of Sports Bars, especially now that we are at the midpoint of the baseball season. The MLB All Star Game 2013 was on Tuesday night so I decided to head out to watch the game and have a meal at the bar. A friend recommended Smithfield and the Smithfield Burger which comes with foie gras and truffles! Of course I did not pass up the opportunity to order another burger, I know I promised no more burgers but foie gras and truffles! It did come recommended and I was not disappointed.

Smithfield Experience: In the middle of a heat wave I venture out into steamy Manhattan to watch the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. I was considering attending the game in person since it was played at the Met’s Citifield in Queens, an easy subway ride. With the oppressive heat it looks like I made the right choice to skip Queens in favor of the cool air conditioning of Smithfield in Chelsea, a recommended place which has been on my radar for a while.

I walk in just after 7 P.M. giving enough time before the start of the game to find a good seat. It looks like all the tables and bar seats are full with a very energetic and boisterous crowd having a good time. My luck comes through once again and I find a seat towards the left at the bar. I order a drink, ask for a menu and settle in.

Smithfield is focused on Soccer (Football anyone?). Yes, plenty of attention is given to those other minor leagues like the NFL and MLB, but be prepared for a soccer emporium. Of the many large TVs everywhere, at least half were showing the CONCACAF Gold Cup ‘13. From my seat I could see two large televisions, one with the Gold Cup, the other NFL Network. I saw Cuba beat Belize in the quarterfinals and the beginning of the USA vs Costa Rica match which USA won.

The bartender was extremely nice, friendly and attentive. I was very impressed how the channels were changed to FOX right as the national broadcast began at 7:30. This shows attention to detail from Smithfield, managing their televisions, understanding their customers and treating them well. Read my rant on places not managing their TVs here. The pre-game and game came on right in front of me without a hitch, I was happy. In too many places I’ve had to ask that channels be changed to events which should have already been on, sometimes the channel on has been Lifetime, at a sports bar! Not at Smithfield. The sound of the USA vs Costa Rica soccer match was on throughout the place, making watching the All Star Game a little different, but this is after all a Soccer Mecca, and they know their customers and keep them happy. I knew plenty of baseball fans were around because of the very loud groans when Robinson Cano of the Yankees got hit by a pitch on the knee. It looked bad but he is supposed to be okay. I really like Joe Buck but he looked like an alien coming in for a landing on that platform FOX built him for the game at Citifield.

The Smithfield Menu is several steps above a typical sports place and delicious. The Smithfield Burger with foie gras and truffles was tremendous. I will be thanking my friend many times for recommending it. The Thursday Short Rib special looked very good but alas it was Tuesday. The bar faces a wall with 5 large TVs with about 18 seats on the long side and 3 on the short side. Plenty of TVs throughout the first floor. There is also a second floor and mezzanine. Sit anywhere for a terrific view of the action.

Business Travelers: The crowd seemed to be mostly an after work business crowd mixed with locals from the neighborhood really enjoying themselves. A great place for friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. Be prepared to speak up if you are getting serious about conducting business here. Smithfield is in the Chelsea neighborhood, not far from Flatiron and, being at 28th Street, a quick trip from most of Midtown and about a 5 minute walk from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, great for pre or post game. Some consider the location part of Midtown. The location puts you within quick striking distance of many Manhattan’s fun neighborhoods and attractions for shopping, strolling, bars, restaurants and exploring. Checkout The High Line, Manhattan’s Park in the Sky, Meatpacking DistrictWest ChelseaNoMadMadison SquareUnion SquareFashion District and Greenwich Village. A comfortable sports bar for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Smithfield
215 West 28th Street
New York, NY 10001
212-564-2172

Smithfield Menu

Smithfield on Urbanspoon

Burger & Barrel – Wine on Tap, Barrels of Beer and Great Burgers in SoHo

Burger & Barrel Restaurant Manhattan SoHo New York Bar
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Rating: 3.7/5 (5 votes cast)

The chalk sign on the sidewalk prepares you for Burger & Barrel with a quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr: “Wine Is A Food.” Burger & Barrel, B & B by which it is known, has an extensive and impressive wine list along with several very good wines on tap. Various carefully selected Barrels of Beer, along with the Wine, compliment some of the best burgers in New York.

Judging by the name of the place don’t be surprised by what I order, of course another burger. No hating my fondness for burgers and the burger kick I have been on for many recent reviews. This will not turn into a burger review site, I promise. There are too many good burger review sites out there already. I will certainly expand my food horizons next time.

Burger & Barrel Experience: On a hot Tuesday evening in June I stay close to home and decide to try Burger & Barrel in Soho, not able to pass up the combination of good burgers and wine. B & B comes from the people who run El Toro Blanco, Lure Fishbar and MercBar. B & B is a Wine Bar, Bistro, American Pub or Wine-Focused Gastropub depending on who you ask.

I walk in and the place is full and lively. I see immediately that the bar is full with no seats available. I tell the extremely nice hostess that I was hoping to have dinner at the bar but I see no seats available. She quickly scans the bar, confirming no open seats, but says I should not have a problem as their bar seats turn over frequently. She suggests having a drink and to expect a short wait. I use the restroom and again my bar seat luckiness comes through, a couple gets up to leave and I quickly settle into their place.

I’ve scored probably one of the best seats at the bar. The bar faces the wall in the front of the restaurant with 3 seats on the short end, 1 on the corner curve and 10 on the long side with the other short side being a service area. I am sitting in the outermost of the 3 side seats with a great view of the entire bar, most of the front of the restaurant and the bustling nightlife of Houston Street through the big front windows. That’s How-ston not Hew-ston! All of the bar seats are actually good. The nice bartenders were working hard to serve everyone at the bar and in the restaurant.

I order the Bash Burger: onion & bacon jam, pickles, american cheese and special sauce, three-time Food & Wine magazine Burger Bash Winner. Recently the Bash Burger was beaten in Eater’s NYC Burger Brackets but some still consider it the best burger in New York City. It is quite good and I highly recommend. Love the two large tasty onion rings on the top. I order the Merlot on tap which made a very nice complement to the meal.

Business Travelers: Burger & Barrel has terrific food and a great Wine selection making it a terrific destination. Located on the northern edge of Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood (South of Houston – that’s How-ston not Hew-ston!), it is worth the trip from most parts of New York. A great way to spend an evening in New York City with with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. The night I was there the clientele seemed to be mostly from the neighborhood so it is a good choice to sample one of New York’s neighborhood hangouts. Allow time to explore the cast-iron buildings in SoHo and experience some of the best walking, shopping and nightlife in the city. Although many of the galleries have moved to other neighborhoods such as West Chelsea, there many still to see and beautiful streets for strolling, people watching and buying. A comfortable place for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Burger & Barrel
25 West Houston Street
New York, NY 10012
212-334-7320

Burger & Barrel Menu

Burger & Barrel on Urbanspoon

Burger and Barrel on Foodio54

Minetta Tavern – Old Village Charm, French Bistro attracts a Hip Crowd

Minetta Tavern Greenwich Village Manhattan New York

 

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Rating: 4.6/5 (5 votes cast)

 

Finally got in the door. My first trip ended at the door, a wait to get into a restaurant and bar at capacity. As Zagat says it “takes an act of Congress to get a reservation.” Having lived in Greenwich Village for many, many years, I’ve still been a bit shy about going to Minetta Tavern not wanting to deal with its popularity and the crowds, which are well known. Today is the time to do it and I am in luck once again. All the tables are full but I see two seats at the bar and I grab one in the center. I should have done this a lot sooner, it’s terrific and everyone will fit right in.

Minetta Tavern Experience: Tuesday evening May 21, 2013 I walk into Minetta Tavern about 7:30 P.M. and sit down at the bar. The seating is tight but the other patrons are friendly and everyone makes room. Once again I am fairly sure what I am having, surprise, it might be another burger. Minetta’s reputation as a stellar French Bistro is well known and the menu is terrific. The burgers have a legendary reputation as well, this is what draws me in tonight.

I order a Johnnie Walker Black Label on the rocks from the very friendly and engaging bartender after looking through the menu. The Bartender thinks I am ordering the Minetta Tavern Black Label Burger, the burger for which the Minetta is well known. I tell him I’m still looking at the menu. Of course I will order the Black Label burger but I want to sip my drink a bit.

I order a medium Black Label Burger. This burger is simple: a selection of prime dry-aged beef cuts with caramelized onions and pommes frites. The smaller, and $9 cheaper, Minetta Burger comes with cheddar so I tell the bartender that I’d like to get cheese with that and he says one word “No.” Now the bartender has been very nice and attentive so far, his response was not meant to be admonishing, rather some good advice. I said “but I like cheese” and he again says “No.” Now I am enjoying this and look at him quizzically and he tells me the burger needs nothing, it is deliciuos and best the way it is. I trust him and go without the cheese. The guys dining next to me at the bar hear the exchange, praise the burger and tell me it needs nor wants any cheese.

The scene is lively, moderate sound level and a full, fun crowd. The bar faces the wall with about 15 seats. Seating is close in places but manageable and makes the bar experience enjoyable. Any seat would be good.

My burger arrives and it looks fantastic and perfectly done with a heaping portion of pomme frites. I ask for ketchup, dip a few fries in, then grab my knife and begin to add ketchup to my bun. The bartender spies me and says “you don’t want to put ketchup on that.” I sullenly begin scraping ketchup off the bun while the two guys next to me look on with the bartender approvingly.

Well, they were all right. Take their advice, order the Black Label Burger as is with the caramelized onions. It was great, cooked perfectly, just juicy enough and the meat blend with the onions was missing nothing, one of the best burgers I have ever had.

The scene here is quite entertaining. While sitting at the bar a couple of Investment Banker types came in dropping names to the bartender, names he, myself, nor the others at the bar recognized. I think they were expecting something “extra” but just looked foolish. I had a terrific night without dropping anything except the ketchup from my bun.

The seat next to me opened up during my stay and a guy sits down and quickly orders the Black Label Burger. His burger arrived quickly as did mine and he ate it very fast then left. During our brief conversation I learned he was a chef in a Midtown restaurant and had never had a Minetta burger. I think he was on a spy mission.

Business Travelers: Minetta Tavern is a classic Greenwich Village institution updated into a fantastic French Bistro attracting lively, entertaining and fun crowds. A great way to spend an evening in New York City with with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. Reservations are not always easy so plan ahead. The bar seats do turn over fairly well so walking in and eating at the bar is not a bad option. Minetta is worth the cab trip from wherever you may be in New York. Take some time to walk around the area streets (Thompson, Sullivan, MacDougal, W 3rd, W 4th and Bleecker) which some call the heart of Greenwich Village. This area is full of bars, restaurants and an eclectic collection of businesses. Washington Square Park is about a block away. New York’s legendary Blue Note Jazz Club is right around the corner on W 3rd Street. Walk west on Bleecker Street across 6th and 7th Avenues into the West Village and you will find yourself surrounded by high-end shopping. A comfortable place for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆

Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St
New York, NY 10012
212-475-3850

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