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Jul 11, 2008 12:16 PM

Drinks/small plates near Varick & King St.

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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  1. Blue Ribbon Bar, Hhundred Acres, Ditch Plains

    5 Replies
    1. re: jenniebnyc

      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

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

        1. re: chow_gal

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

          1. re: MB fka MB

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

      2. re: jenniebnyc

        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.

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

        1. i like GIORGIONE 508 for small plates.

          maybe try out pegu club for fancy drinks.

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          1. tailor on broome

            i repeat

            tailor on broome

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