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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French Roast – Longtime 24 Hour Fun Village French Bistro

Finishing up bar meal reviews from 2012. We have some exciting plans for 2013. Happy New Year!

French Roast Restaurant Downtown Greenwich Village Manhattan New York

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Rating: 3.1/5 (3 votes cast)

I have enjoyed going to French Roast many, many times over the years, mostly for breakfast. It is a great place to grab a seat in the window in the morning and watch Greenwich Village go by. I did just that on the day I moved back to New York this year from Philly. I sat down then, ordered a Croque Madame, and took in the sights. Never having been French Roast’s bar for a meal, I head over this night to check it out and have a meal at the restaurant bar.

The French Roast Experience: 8:30 P.M. on a Saturday night I head over to French Roast. The place is surprisingly only about half full and I easily get a seat at the bar. The restaurant has well thought out and well prepared Parisian Bistro menu. There are always the typical French classic meals along with some interesting and good specials. I don’t want to disappoint anyone who reads BarTaste, so of course I order the burger with fries. Both are delicious and are perfect for a Saturday night.

French Roast has two locations, Downtown Manhattan in Greenwich Village and the Upper West Side. This meal takes place in the downtown location but I have eaten breakfast, lunch and dinner in both locations and have found them both thoroughly enjoyable.

The downtown bar faces the wall with about 8 seats on the long side and three around the short curve. I sit about fours seats from the end near the service area, good place to observe some of the restaurant and peer out the large windows onto busy 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas for the tourists.) There is a new bartender on tonight and she is doing a terrific job, taking control, working fast and keeping the mood very fun.

The uptown location has a bar facing the wall arranged about the same as its downtown sibling. No televisions.

Business Travelers: French Roast is a good, local, casual place with an upbeat vibe, perfect for a leisurely night out. It’s 24 hour availability is especially appealing. Not a rowdy place but lively with the tables close together. A great place for a group of friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. More locals here than tourists or business travelers. 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 between 6th and 5th Avenues. Take a stroll through the streets of the West Village with beautiful residential blocks and shopping. Stop in at the Manhattan location of Brooklyn favorite Bien Cuit and check out their pastries, open until 9 PM. A comfortable place for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

French Roast – Downtown
78 West 11th Street
New York, NY 10011
212-533-2233

French Roast – Uptown
2340 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
212-799-1533

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


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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

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Jack Bistro – Greenwich Village Neighborhood Favorite

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

 

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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
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