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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Tashan – Indian At It’s Best, With A Nice Vibe



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Rating: 4.0/5 (2 votes cast)

Wednesday 3/21/2012 about 7:45 I walk into Tashan, the popular Indian restaurant on South Broad Street.  It’s always nice walking into the place, lots of friendly people to greet you and a coat check.  I’ve been here several times, both at a table and at the bar, and was looking forward to this return trip.

I sit at the bar, order a drink and ask for a menu.  The bartender, great guy, recognized me from a previous visit and was very friendly and engaging.

Then it started.  It seemed the bus came in with the obnoxious Old City party crowd.  Not really a crowd but four people, not far down the bar, with one guy VERY loudly regaling about his life, coolness, high school(!!??) and how they were going to “take” Atlantic City.  What a mess.  I don’t think the others with him ever said a word.

The bartender asks if I’d like to order, I say I will wait until I knew whether this group was staying.  No way I was eating dinner with this guy bellowing.  When I go to eat at a bar I always have a backup plan and I had a place in the area in mind (The Wishing Well) in case I left.

Good news, unbearable guy left.  Watch out Atlantic City!

I order food and what a great meal it turned out to be. As usual, I ordered one thing at a time to make sure the food does not come out too fast.  I order the Kobe Chopan Kebob and the Tandoor Chaaps.  The Kebob was terrific and the Chaaps were even better.  I did a meat night and it was well worth it.  I’ve eaten many things on the menu and have never been disappointed.

A small band started playing in the adjacent lounge area. The Alfred James Band was excellent, playing a selection of acoustic songs perfect for a lounge bar area and dinner.

While the bar does face a wall, the ends are open enough that you can see quite a bit of the restaurant and even into the kitchen from some seats making you feel part of the scene. Almost any seat at the bar is very good.  There are about 10 seats on the long end with about 6 more stretching around the side.  The seats are stools with a modern design, comfortable. I’ve eaten here at the bar several times and had always had a choice of seats except for one night when a networking event packed the bar and the adjacent lounge area.  For that reason, whenever I go out, I have a backup in mind.

The Restroom deserves mentioning as first time users have entertaining reactions to it’s layout. The main room with sinks is a unisex area surround by individual, full door stalls.  I’ve watched women walk in as I’m washing my hands, look at me and immediately walk out thinking they came into the wrong restroom.  I’ve seen men react the same way when they see women in the communal area.  Very funny expressions as they meekly reenter the room.

After a rocky start it was a great meal.  Bartender, food, band and the bar itself combined to make a good night.  I highly recommend the experience.  Don’t say “I don’t eat Indian food.” Try it, this is just great food.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Tashan
777 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
267-687-2170
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Parc Brasserie – Hopping Bar Scene at Brunch


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Rating: 4.3/5 (3 votes cast)

Woke up on a Sunday morning craving some eggs or a nice burger for brunch.  After reaching out to several friends who were either busy, had already eaten or hung over, I realized I was on my own and headed off to eat at the bar at Parc Brasserie (sound warning, why oh why?).

I’ve always enjoyed Parc for all meals.  The food is consistently good, intensity level high and everyone seems to be having a good time.  Sunday 2/26/2012 about 12:15 PM.

The restaurant was full, with a wait for tables.  The bar was packed with one empty seat which I quickly scored.  I ordered a very tasty Kettle One Bloody Mary and the Cheeseburger with Grilled Onion, Raclette Cheese and Pommes Frites.  The crowd to my left began expanding as more friends arrived for brunch and they had no reservation.  No one in the group would make a decision about what to do when the wait for a table seemed to go on forever. They were all too busy texting and regaling about the previous night, as more arrived they began expanding into my space.  I was worried that the  guy closest to me, and getting even closer, would knock my tasty, and very red, Bloody Mary onto the back of his very white sport coat.  They finally decided to go down the block to a.kitchen where they also did not have a reservation.

My burger came and it was very good with big thick juicy onions.  I ordered it medium-well, as I usually do, because I like it just pink inside and I was not disappointed.  Fries were delicious as well.  Got a text from a friend headed to the Nike Outlet Store.  Only one thing I like better than food is sneakers, especially Nike’s.  Out the door I went.

Great bartenders at Parc’s bar who asked frequently how I was doing and service was quick and attentive.  Absolutely recommend and will go back for brunch , lunch or dinner at the bar but beware the place is often packed with crowds at the bar.  Bar has standard bar stools.  Depending where you sit you sometimes only face the wall but several seats will give you a view of the action within the restaurant. Be prepared to wait for a bar seat or have a backup in the neighborhood.  Once you do sit down don’t be surprised if you get jostled a bit by the crowd.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Parc Brasserie (music)
227 South 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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