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Drinks/small plates near Varick & King St.

MB fka MB Jul 11, 2008 12:16 PM

I'm going to be jumping off the 1 train at Houston for an appointment and I don't know the 'hood at all (still a newbie).

Are there any good cocktails/snacks in that nabe? A good bar where a solo girl will feel comfortable and well cared for?

As reference, my most recent favs are Death & Company (loved the drinks, tho' the food was way under-seasoned and not quite as thoughtful in execution as in theory). I quite enjoyed small plates at Degustation and Casa Mono is a go-to for me.

Any suggestions?

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    sandwich22 Jul 18, 2008 01:15 PM

    There's a communal table at En though Chowhound people give it mixed reviews.

    1. thew Jul 18, 2008 01:03 PM

      tailor on broome

      i repeat

      tailor on broome

      1. m
        mrnyc Jul 11, 2008 12:39 PM

        i like GIORGIONE 508 for small plates.

        maybe try out pegu club for fancy drinks.

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        1. re: mrnyc
          squid kun Jul 18, 2008 12:11 PM

          Giorgione 508 is closing at the end of the month ... http://eater.com/archives/2008/07/the...

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          Lucia Jul 11, 2008 12:32 PM

          'ino--just wine/beer but good small plates.

          1. jenniebnyc Jul 11, 2008 12:18 PM

            Blue Ribbon Bar, Hhundred Acres, Ditch Plains

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            1. re: jenniebnyc
              MB fka MB Jul 11, 2008 12:52 PM

              Thanks, jenniebnyc. I've been to Blue Ribbon and think it's kind of overrated. Plus the bar is tiny and not at all comfortable.

              I did some more looking around and here some places I've been meaning to check out:

              Little Branch (for drinks)
              Ino (it will probably be mobbed, tho')
              Mas Farmhouse
              Da Silvano Restaurant

              And there's always Pinkberry...

              1. re: MB fka MB
                chow_gal Jul 11, 2008 01:06 PM

                Not Blue Ribbon Brasserie (tiny bar). Blue Ribbon Downing Street Wine Bar.

                1. re: chow_gal
                  MB fka MB Jul 11, 2008 01:17 PM

                  well that changes things (see - told you I'm still a newbie). thanks.

                  1. re: MB fka MB
                    jenniebnyc Jul 11, 2008 07:30 PM

                    correct. and my suggestion of Hundred Acres stands. Nice bar and food.

              2. re: jenniebnyc
                MB fka MB Jul 12, 2008 06:48 AM

                I ended up at Blue Ribbon Downing Street and it was perfect. I had a snack of the hard cooked eggs and the rillette and all was right with the world. The eggs I had were the "cajun"-ish ones with a shrimp on it and pickled jalapeno slices. Good. and the smoked trout with roe and creme fraiche - very good. the bar man mentioned that people eat them with forks and how silly but then I learned that you must because they are slippery! The rillette was a nice serving - already spread on toast points (4 pcs) with mustard and cornichons. I would have given it a bit more mustard, but it really was delish.

                The bar men were really delightful and fun to chat with. The service was casual but 100% on top of things and that is such a nice mix. This is a great place to stop in solo and not feel like a leper.

                Thanks for the recommendations, jenniebnyc. I look forward to trying these other places when I'm in the 'hood.

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