Drinks+food near 94+B'dway
I have some friends who are coming in from out of town and I'd like to meet them near their hotel (B'dway + 94th). Would appreciate suggestions for a place within walking distance with a nice bar and decent food.
I did a Chow search but it seems that most places that were interesting to me on the UWS were near Lincoln Center (Bar Boulud, Bin 71)
We will be meeting early- about 6. Thanks
Truedog, I don't think there are places like Bar Boulud, but probably a few places on par with Bin 71. I've never been to Buceo, but LNG wrote an informative review of it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493202 . There's another Bin 71-ish type place called Vinacciola on 95th. There, the wine and food are decent, but neither is stellar -- much like Bin 71, IMO. The atm. is not nearly as frenetic as it is at Bin 71.
That said, there are other places that are great for a drink and food. LNG's suggestion of Gabriela's is a good one. It's not as formal as Boulud, but it's an atractive, fun, and mostly tasteful space. (Boulud is to a parlour as Gabriela's is to a swanky rec room.)
The bar at Ouest gets intensely crowded, like Bin 71, but with an older group. (Where Bin draws ppl in their 30s, Ouest draws ppl in their 40s.) The food is excellent -- some of the best in the city, IMO.
A lot of people in their 20s and 30s like Citrus and Josie's. The drinks are good at both places, but the food is frankly crap, IMO. Still, many people like it.
Cesca has a hopping bar scene and very good selections by the glass. (I don't love the food, but again, many do.)
If you don't need a bar scene for your drinks, Dovetail has good cocktails and a good wine list and very good food. The bar area is tiny and cramped.
688 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10025
300 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023
Citrus Bar & Grill
320 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023
2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
164 W 75th St, New York, NY 10024
103 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024
A friend and I recently went to Vinnaciola (I think it's more like 98th or 99th and Bway). We liked the space a lot. While the wines were okay, we thought the food situation was terrible. They were out of two of the cheese selections (you're out of camembert? seriously?) and at least 2 other dishes about which we asked they were "out of" and this was a Thursday evening. Finally, if you choose Vinnaciola, call first because my friend said she thought it had closed up shop (which would certainly explain our experience there).
Sorry for butchering the name! It's actually Vinacciolo, I think.
We actually had a decent experience, there, but ordered nothing requiring complicated preparation. We ordered about five different cheeses, one of the pates, and fried calamari. All pretty standard issue.
Thanks for the heads up about the potential closing. I just called. No answer and no answering machine, but it's early, yet.
I wasn't sure of the correct spelling either. (Also, I'm sure I butchered the pronunciation when I said it aloud.)
Our experience would have been better had they not been out of things and if we stuck to basic food. The cheeses we did get were quite nice (though a little colder than I like cheese served) and a beet salad was pretty standard but good. My friend ended up with a risotto (after 2 other choices were unavailable) and her comment was "L, your risotto is sooo much better, this is like watery rice". We did think the people were nice and the space was lovely. It just seemed strange that they would be out of so many things at around 7 on a Thurs.
I don't know what kind of atmosphere you are looking for or price range either. But here are some thoughts:
1) Buceo (on 95th between Amsterdam and Bway) - very nice wine bar, lovely decor; good selections both by the quartino and the bottle; small plates, many with Spanish flavors. I find the wines to be gently priced but the food to be expensive. (You can search as there have been posts on this place including a review I wrote a while ago.)
2) Gabriela's (on Columbus around 94th) - the bar area is nice, esp. the outdoor "tequila bar" area, the bartenders are very nice; moderately priced Mexican food (we like a lot of their appetizers); they make some really good margaritas (personal fave is the Hornitas margarita) and they have a full selection of tequilas plus beers and such.
3) Dive Bar (on Amsterdam between 95th & 96th) - much much more down scale (though the "dive" reference is to scuba, many people take it as "dive"-y); quite eclectic menu from veg hot dogs to soups to fish tacos to mac n cheese and everything in between, most of which is okay (not great); very good beer selection; a lot of bourbons and scotch too.
There are a lot more places in the neighborhood and I'm sure you'll get recs from others. I hope this gets you started.