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

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Sant Ambroeus Soho – Fun Lunch, New Friends, Beautiful Food

Sant Ambroeus Bar Restaurant Soho New York Manhattan

After having a great lunch with old friends at Sant Ambroeus in the West Village, I was very much looking forward to having lunch with new friends. Tabelog.us is the United States Restaurant Guide launch of the hugely popular Gourmet Restaurant Guide Tabelog Japan. The people behind the US expansion, Lord Of The Forks and Cutie Patroller (yes, their Tabelog blogger names), invited me to lunch to talk about my plans for BarTaste, their plans for working closely with the foodie blogger community and Tableog’s expansion plans beyond the current cities of New York and Chicago. I am looking forward to some of the big things they have in store.

Sant Ambroeus Soho is a Milanese inspired restaurant with a  fun lunch crowd. The place is perfect for locals, business travelers, tourists and anyone who wants to entertain clients, colleagues, friends or coworkers.  It’s location in Soho puts you right in the middle of a great neighborhood. 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  SoHo. Sant Ambroeus’ central location puts you within an easy walk to other Manhattan neighborhoods like NoHo,  the Lower East Side  and Greenwich Village and the Bowery. Although I did not eat at the bar, it looked very inviting for a good meal, drinks, coffee or pastries. Great for women traveling alone on business.

We shared the entire meal. Everything was delicious and service was good with friendly fellow diners and staff. My favorites were the Cotoletta alla Milanese, a beautifully done and tender veal chop Milanese  and the Prosciutto e Mozzarella with wonderfully tasty prosciutto and buffalo mozzarella which just melted in your mouth.

Here are some photos of what we ate, loved it all:

COTOLETTA ALLA MILANESE traditional veal chop Milanese, garnished with rucola and tomato

 COTOLETTA ALLA MILANESE traditional veal chop Milanese, garnished with rucola and tomato

 BRANZINO IN PADELLA seared branzino in a light limoncello-caper sauce, seasonal vegetables

 BRANZINO IN PADELLA seared branzino in a light limoncello-caper sauce, seasonal vegetables

Sant Ambroeus PROSCIUTTO E MOZZARELLA San Daniele prosciutto with buffalo mozzarella and marinated artichokes

PROSCIUTTO E MOZZARELLA San Daniele prosciutto with buffalo mozzarella and marinated artichokes

Sant Ambroeus TAGLIATELLE SALTATE ALLA BOLOGNESE with a light veal ragù

TAGLIATELLE SALTATE ALLA BOLOGNESE with a light veal ragù

Now It’s Desert Time!

Their signature dessert: SANT AMBROEUS chocolate mousse cake with a chocolate custard centerTheir signature dessert: SANT AMBROEUS chocolate mousse cake with a chocolate custard center

Sant Ambroeus I BISCOTTI a selection of cookies

I BISCOTTI a selection of cookies

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆

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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

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The Diner – Sanity and Classic Dishes in a Bustling Meatpacking District

The Diner New York Manhattan Meatpacking District
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Rating: 2.8/5 (5 votes cast)

Sometimes we are in the mood for a classic diner breakfast but being in the trendy and pricey Meatpacking District in Manhattan leaves few options. Luckily I remembered The Diner which turned out to be a good fit. Diner food at a place called The Diner, sometimes it’s just too obvious.

The Diner Experience: This place has several big pluses. It’s location in the center of the Meatpacking District is an ideal choice for calming those hunger pangs without spending big. The large windows on the corner location allow for lots of people and sidewalk entertainment watching. The large section of outdoor seating, wrapping the corner, makes a great place to spend time on a beautiful day.

Walk in and sit at the bar. The Diner has a fully stocked bar with about 7 seats on the long side with the short side being a service area. I call it a bar and not a “counter” as it does not have the layout of a typical diner counter. I sit towards the right giving me a good view of most of the restaurant and out through the windows to the street. The televisions are tuned to ESPN, one of my favorites. The bar is empty as is most of the restaurant and the outdoor seating on this Wednesday morning. Not a lot of street activity as well. This is good for me as I get good and quick service. Since it is just after 9 in the morning, I suspect everyone has headed off to the office.

I order an omelette with feta cheese, onions and tomatoes with a side order of crispy bacon. The food comes quickly, nicely done, especially the bacon, delicious and I quickly eat, being hungry from an intense workout.

Business Travelers: The Diner is down the street from Google’s very large New York City presence as well as numerous other Silicon Alley businesses. The standard diner fare with a few twists and reasonable prices (for Manhattan) amidst the increasingly expensive Meatpacking District make it an ideal place for a good, quick bite with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. A central location provides easy access to many nearby neighborhoods including Greenwich Village and Chelsea. In addition to the high end shopping, bars, restaurants and nightly packed streets you can spend little or no money checking out the galleries in West Chelsea and the Chelsea Market, an indoor food and retail mecca. Don’t forget the best of all, New York’s Park in the Sky, The High Line. Walk from end to end and get a unique perspective of Manhattan. A good place for women traveling alone on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆

The Diner
44 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
212-627 – 2230

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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

Minetta Tavern Menu

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Good Stuff Diner – One Of The Best In Manhattan

Good Stuff Diner Chelsea Manhattan New York
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Rating: 3.0/5 (3 votes cast)

Continuing our coverage of places open 24 hours, 7 days per week, my next stop is Good Stuff Diner. A diner yes, but a step above your standard plate slinging experience. Good Stuff has a great neighborhood reputation and I was looking forward to checking it out for myself. While technically a counter and not a bar, the selection of liquor available puts it close enough into the restaurant bar category.

We have visited a high end diner, Bowery Diner and 24 hour, 7 day French, Brazilian and Cuban places, French Roast, Coffee Shop and Coppelia respectively. Now it is time for a more typical diner experience.

Good Stuff Diner Experience: Looking for a late breakfast I decide to finally give Good Stuff Diner a try. I’ve heard many good things about the place so my expectations are high. Expecting a tough time getting a seat at the counter, I walk in and am pleasantly surprised to see two seats open. I sit down, order a cup of coffee and take a look at the menu. The coffee is very good so I bet on the same from my meal. I am not disappointed.

The menu is extensive with all of the expected diner offerings, many with a strong Greek influence. What makes this place appealing is the large list of salads and entrees not found on many standard diner menus. I order an egg white omelette with onions, peppers, tomatoes and feta cheese, keeping with the Greek theme, along with a side of turkey sausage. Staff is very attentive, food comes quickly, hot and quite tasty. Portions are good and I thoroughly enjoy the meal. Good Stuff’s name is on the mark.

The counter is a “L” shape with 5 seats on one side and 7 seats on the long end. The chairs are floor mounted swivel seats with backrests. I sit in the middle of the long side with a television right in front of me broadcasting ESPN. I can see partially into the kitchen and the front half of the restaurant and out the large windows onto busy 14th Street. Sit on the shorter side to get a view of the entire restaurant. There is another television higher up on the wall near the door.

Business Travelers: Good Stuff Diner is perfect if you are looking for a typical diner experience, one step up. The large selection of booths and tables, along with the counter seats, makes this a good choice for friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. All your diner favorites are available along with additional choices you won’t find on many diner menus. The location on the Chelsea and Greenwich Village border provides easy access to many Downtown Manhattan locations. Good Stuff is a neighborhood favorite so if you want to avoid the tourist filled places this diner is perfect to experience New York as the locals do it. Good Stuff Diner is a good place for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Good Stuff Diner
109 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
212-929-2555

Good Stuff Diner Menu

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Coppelia – 24 / 7 Cuban Goodness in Chelsea

Coppelia Cuban Restaurant and Diner 24 Hours New York Manhattan Chelsea
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Rating: 3.7/5 (3 votes cast)

Our Open 24 hours and 7 days per week offerings have been slim so the next couple of reviews will focus on where you can get really good food any hour of the day and maybe a drink as well. Our latest stop is Coppelia, a 24 / 7 Cuban Restaurant and Diner, more Cuban than typical diner and very popular with the local Chelsea crowd, business travelers and tourists.

While 24 / 7 is very appealing, especially in the middle of the night when sleep eludes you or you’re burning the midnight oil for that big meeting or even better, out for a night on the town, our reviews have taken place at lighter hours, namely brunch and dinner. We’ve previously reviewed 24 / 7 outfits Coffee Shop, French Roast and Bowery Diner. Coffee Shop is technically 23 hours but we count it anyway. Now we add Coppelia. Now on BarTaste you can find a great variety of choices for all day and night dining: Brazilian, Cuban, French and a High-End Diner. Tell us where to go next. The three Manhattan IHOP restaurants are 24 / 7, wonder if they have bars?

Coppelia Experience: About 1 P.M. on a Sunday, after a hard-core gym workout, I am very hungry and walk into Coppelia for brunch. It’s peak brunch time, groups waiting for tables and all the bars seats full except for one. Once again my luck comes through and I nab the last seat. Service is immediate and extremely nice and I quickly have a menu and a glass of water.

The waiting groups seem to get seated without much delay making the wait look minimal and seats are turning over at the bar. I see brunch drinks going by and seriously consider getting a Bloody Mary but I have an event later in the day where I know a few cocktails will be served so I decline. I order some homemade iced tea which was unique and quite tasty, I highly recommend you try it.

I order the Huevos Rancheros after eyeing all the delicious food going by, this was a difficult choice but it turned out to be the right one, it was extremely delicious. The bar is long, facing the wall, and I am sitting in the middle near a service break with about 9 seats in a straight line to my left with about 9 mores seats curving around to the wall towards the front of the restaurant. Sit on the curve it you want to see all the of the restaurant happenings or sit along the straight edge to see the bar activity out the front window onto busy 14th street.

The service is fast, extremely nice and the crowd is having a very good time. I am seated almost directly in front of a television with ESPN.

Business Travelers: Although I am here for a Sunday brunch I can see this being a terrific place to go with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues for a casual yet delicious Cuban meal. The hours make it especially appealing and working late will not leave you arriving as the doors close (do 24 hour restaurants have locks?) Located in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, bordering Greenwich Village, you are centrally located. Coppelia is about a 20 minute walk from Penn Station, near the West Village, Meatpacking District and the Silicon Alley business area in Flatiron. Midtown is an easy cab ride away. Walk West down 14th street to the Meatpacking District’s high-end shopping and bars, to West Chelsea for the galleries and the indoor Chelsea Market. A comfortable spot for women traveling on business. I suggest a cab for late night hours.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Coppelia
201 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
212-848-5001

Coppelia Menu

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Wogies – West Village, Philly Sports and more Cheesesteaks

Wogies Bar and Grill Greenwich Village New York Manhattan Philly Sports Bar
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Rating: 2.6/5 (4 votes cast)

We are on a Sports and Cheesesteak roll here at BarTaste, so to continue, here is our review of Wogies. Working to build our selection of Sports Bars. You can track our progress here with our New York Sports Maps. My sadness with the Philadelphia Eagles dismal season has not even been lifted by watching a New York Giants meltdown. This review was a while in coming but again it is time.

Our next review, no sports, is of a wonderful lunch at the bar at  Manzo at Eataly. Stay tuned.

Wogies Experience: I arrive at Wogies at 12 noon for a 1 P.M. Eagles game start. I’ve learned my lesson (see Shorty’s review) about arriving just before kickoff expecting to find a good seat. Even though I am an hour early, all 8 seats at the bar are taken. The place is not very crowded yet but I know to expect it to be packed by game time.  I stand near the bar, order a beer and watch the pregame on the televisions, one at either end of the bar. Several other televisions are placed strategically around the restaurant. Wogies is not a big place but has a great location on a corner in Greenwich Village. Today it is a little cold for outdoor seating but in warmer weather Wogies wraps the seating around both the Greenwich Avenue and Charles Street sides.

One again I am in luck, about 15 minutes before game start a couple gets up to leave the bar, guess they wanted to avoid the mob arriving for the game, it is getting crowded. I quickly settle in for the game with a good television view. Since it time for “brunch” I order the Oscar, a big sandwich with eggs, bacon, steak, cheese, peppers & onions. I always get provolone. It is not fair to compare this to other cheesesteaks in New York since I usually order a pizza steak so I’ll stick to my current best cheesesteak in New York and come back to Wogies again, order a pizza steak, then make a fair comparison.

As I said, Wogies is not a big place but filled with Eagles fans it has me very comfortable. The 8 bars seats face the wall and all have a view of the two televisions. Sit near the window to add a view of the West Village going by on Greenwich Avenue.

Business Travelers: If going for a big game get there early and prepare for the crowds especially if you plan to sit at the bar. If looking for a sports friendly place to go and have a cheesesteak (the wings are delicious I hear) then Wogies is a good choice. Friendly patrons and staff. Philly teams are not always exclusively on the televisions and they will take requests if possible. You can’t beat the central Greenwich Village location so come with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. Stroll around before or after and check out the higher end shopping and restaurants (Jeffrey’s Grocery) taking hold on nearby Christopher Street. Follow Christopher to Bleeker, make a right, and you will be in high end shopping heaven. A comfortable Sports Bar for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Wogies Bar and Grill
39 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014
212-229-2171

Wogies Bar and Grill Menu
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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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Dell’anima – Italian Gem in Greenwich Village

Dell'anima Restaurant New York Manhattan Greenwich Village West Village

Business Travelers: Do you recommend Dell’anima for

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Co-workers, Colleagues or Customers?
Conducting Business; having a Business meeting?
Dining alone?
Women Business Travelers dining alone?
Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
Enjoyable food?
Meeting other Business Travelers?
Rating: 3.9/5 (3 votes cast)

Yes, back in The Village. I have celebrated a couple of happy events (or not so happy if getting older irks you) at Dell’anima. Love the place, so was anxious to go back, sit, eat at the bar and write about it.

The Dell’anima Experience: On Friday, August 3, 2012 I walk into Dell’anima about 7:15 P.M., sit at the bar and order a glass of wine. The place is packed and I snag the last seat at the small bar. The crowd is a mixture of dating couples, West Village locals and other who are just getting their night started with dinner, they have all picked the right place.

Dell’anima, “of the soul” in Italian, serves an inventive, fresh menu which changes frequently. Don’t worry when I say “inventive”, everyone will find something they like on the menu. I order an appetizer with Tomatoes and Ricotta and and then the Risotto Alla Pilota, housemade sausage, salumi and pecorino. Everything was delicious, the other patrons were terrific as well. The bartender handled the bustling crowd and made everyone feel welcome.  A truly enjoyable evening at the bar.

It was a Friday night so getting into the restaurant without a reservation would be more challenging than usual and getting one the seats at the small bar was tough as well. I got the last of one of the bar seats and shifted down one seat later to make room for two people to my left. The bar has about 8 seats and faces the wall leaving most of the restaurant and street activity behind you. No televisions, no problem.

Business Travelers: It was a Friday night so not the biggest business traveler night out of the week. Dell’anima is worth the trip to the West Village for a meal. Make a reservation or wait for a seat at the bar. A great place for a group of friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. Not a large place with moderate sound and an open kitchen. Next time I will try to sit at the chef’s counter. There were a couple of women eating alone at the bar making Dell’anima a good place for women traveling on business. Allow some time to check out the surrounding West Village neighborhood and stop by nearby Magnolia Bakery for a cupcake.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Dell’anima
38 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10014
212-366-6633 ‎

Dell’anima Menu
The Lunch Belle Dell’anima Review

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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

Business Travelers:  Do you recommend The Spotted Pig for

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Co-workers, Colleagues or Customers?
Conducting Business; having a Business meeting?
Dining alone?
Women Business Travelers dining alone?
Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
Enjoyable food?
Meeting other Business Travelers?
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

The Spotted Pig Menu
The New Yorker Spotted Pig Review

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