A Sarcastic Appetite


Restaurant Round-up For the Week of April 23
April 23, 2009, 2:40 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I canvass the food blogs so you don’t have to. Here are some highlights:

Bar Artisanal is up and running in the former Trigo space; menus and cocktails here.

Go have a drink at The Pony Bar, which just opened in Hell’s Kitchen. The place only serves American brews – the only bottled beers being Bud and Bud Light – and for a patriotic lush like myself, that’s just plain awesome.

Date-friendly Quinto Quarto opened this week: romantic, Italian, West Village. Done and done. Plus, a back patio is expected in the coming weeks.

‘Tis the season for drinking outdoors, and if you’re a nerd like I am, you know the thermometer hasn’t hit 80 in the city since September 21, which is crazy. The Frying Pan, The Gowanus Yacht Club, and the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden are all open for business. Here are a couple other places you can throw a few back, though this is by no means a complete list. But you already knew that.

Downtown:

Zum Schneider, Ave. C at 7th St.: a nice little beer garden (sorry, bier garten) in the East Village.

Royale, on Ave. C at 10th St.: great burgers and a backyard patio.

Bar 13, E. 13th at University Place: look, guys, everyone knows location is all that matters. So go early in the afternoon when it’s quiet, order a beer and chill out on a rooftop that’s basically on top of Union Square.

d.b.a., First Ave. near 2nd St: an awesome beer selection + prime EV location + backyard garden = usually jammed, but it’s worth checking out.

Midtown:

Bookmarks, Madison at 41st St.: on the roof of the Library Hotel, this place does riffs on classic cocktails and the usual cheese plate-kind of menu. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.

230 Fifth, at 27th St.: I know, I know, but that view can’t be beat, and you know spring only arrives in Manhattan when they put the palm trees back in.

The Wheeltapper, 44th St. near Lexington Ave.: the backyard garden isn’t very big, so get there early, camp out, and order those sliders – they’re actually really good.

Rare View, Lexington Ave. at 37th St.: in the Shelburne Hotel. On Friday afternoons, the clientele is reminiscent of 230 Fifth, but the views of the East River and the Empire State Building aren’t bad at all. Neither are the mojitos, come to think of it.

Uptown:

The Boathouse, in Central Park: ok, it’s overpriced. ok, it’s usually mobbed. But when you time it right and you can snag a table and order some food, it’s a pretty sweet spot to enjoy the afternoon.

Hudson Beach Café, Riverside Drive at 105th St.: it’s a low-key backyard bbq kind of vibe in Riverside Park, and though it overlooks Riverside Drive, it’s worth the trip.

The Rooftop Garden at the Met, Fifth Ave. at 82nd St: They’ll want you to shell out for an admissions ticket, so you might as well swing through the Department of Arms & Armor on your way up to the rooftop. Have a couple cocktails and imagine the collective loss of real estate value in the stately co-ops lining Central Park…wait a minute, this isn’t fun anymore. Rooftop closes at 8:30pm on Saturday; 4:30pm on Sunday.

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