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Approximations of Grange Hall ambience?

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lactose intolerant cheeselover Jan 2, 2008 09:36 AM

This time of year I really find myself missing Grange Hall and its 1) two-person booths 2) gorgeous lighting 3) old New York feel and 4) killer cocktails. Does anyone out there know of a place with similar ambience? Downtown is better but will consider anything. BTW, still waiting for something to stick in the old Grange Hall space....

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    blintz101 RE: lactose intolerant cheeselover Jan 2, 2008 10:13 AM

    I know, I loved Grange Hall, too! The cocktails were great, the bar was great, the food was great...I don't think there' s anyplace that has it all, but.....I recently had fantastic cocktails at Pegu, Gramercy Tavern has an equally good bar, bartenders, and food (okay, I still think it's one of the best rest. in NYC), and have you been to Dressler's in Williamsburg? That place has great ambiance, bar, food......Maybe that's the closest. Let us know what you thinK!

    1. Mandymac RE: lactose intolerant cheeselover Jan 2, 2008 10:25 AM

      Schiller's, Freemans, Employee's Only, perhaps?

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        slopetoridge RE: lactose intolerant cheeselover Jan 2, 2008 12:39 PM

        I would definitely have to second the Dressler's suggestion. The atmosphere is gorgeous and old-world and the food and cocktails are really superb. You might want to try Allen & Delancey too. It's very dark and cozy and looks like a house full of antiques. Try and get the window seat near the bar for a really comfy experience.

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          2slices RE: slopetoridge Jan 9, 2008 04:11 PM

          SECOND SECOND SECOND! ate there for the first time 2 nights ago after having a drink there 2 years ago and wanting to return all this time. Dressler knocked my socks off, and my socks are knee high. Firstly the decor is beautiful, all custom art nouveau-ish (what do i know tho) wrought Iron over dim panel lighting built in to the walls. Make sure to check outmetal chandeliers overhead.

          As far as food I have zero complaints. Everything was tops and the waiter was extremely helpful. Do NOT miss the Quail app. Dad had the massive braised pork shank over spaetzle with sweet pickled beets. I had the Cod w/ olive oil and tapenade over something I really liked (white asparagus maybe?) i've forgotten but it was fantastic. The artichoke heart salad with fried parsley (i love that trend) and white cannenoli beans I had as an app was very good but it was hard to live up to the Quail.

          My dad loves to eat but he was unsure of the menu at first, new american is not his thing, nor mine. I didn't think I'd want pickled water melon rinf in my Quail but we both loved it.

          The above dishes with 2 martinis came to $100 even. Same owner as Dumont. I will return shortly and plan to do so with a pretty lady. In case anyone doesn't already know it's on Broadway across from Lugers, a block up from Diner and Marlow & Sons.

        2. Mandymac RE: lactose intolerant cheeselover Jan 9, 2008 07:31 AM

          Good news all:

          http://eater.com/archives/2008/01/ply...

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            lactose intolerant cheeselover RE: Mandymac Jan 10, 2008 09:47 AM

            Exciting news! And fingers crossed for February (08). Dressler does look gorgeous, too, so I will give it a try. Thanks all!

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