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Dec 16, 2008 04:02 PM

boys and bourbon

I'm planning a surprise dinner out for my husband and seven male friends. I'd like to find a place that is celebratory but masculine, preferably with a good bourbon selection. I was originally thinking a steak house, but those tend to be pricier than we'd like. Ideas? Thanks!

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  1. Not Manhattan, but Char #4 in Brooklyn supposedly has fantastic collection of bourbon and great food.

    you can always do something in tribeca and hit the Brandy Library after..

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    1. re: harrison

      Char No. 4 does have an extensive bourbon selection. I've only tried a couple of appetizers (good) so can't really comment on the food.

      Most of the places I've visited that have good bourbon selections don't have good enough food for a special occasion (Wildwood - ew) and Craftbar (some downhill reports lately I guess).

    2. Blue Smoke is fun, i guess bbq is masculine, and it does have a good bourbon selection. Plus it'd be a little more affordable than a steak house.

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      1. re: MinhLikesFood

        I was thinking Blue Smoke as well. Last time I was there I noticed that new bourbon (just began last year) from upstate NY. Sorry, now I can't recall the name of it. But so few places have it and I was excited to see it there.

        1. re: LNG212

          Probably thinking of Hudson Baby Bourbon. Made by Tuthilltown Spirits. They have it at Beacon Wines

          1. re: msny98

            Yes, that's the one. I've found it in stores. It's just that I haven't really seen it at restaurants/bars. So Blue Smoke having it was good to see. Thanks for the Beacon info too.

            1. re: msny98

              there's also a Hudson Four Grain, which i like better than the baby bourbon. but both tasty.

          2. re: MinhLikesFood

            Blue Smoke is also the first place I thought of. Maybe not THE BEST food, but very good. And they have a good bourbon selection. It's masculine enough, yet still enough of a real restaurant for a good, surprise dinner. You will definitely need a reservation.

            Hill Country has good bbq, but I think it would be too much of a hassle for a large group.

          3. Not sure if this is the feel you are looking for but what about Hill Country? Their bourbon selection is on their website.

            1. Keens...


              do the pub room to keep the price down...

              1. hands down the brandy library in tribeca.

                they may even get lucky as vendors go in there and do tastings quite often.

                alternatively, bar & books on hudson if they want to smoke cigars and all that.