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Manhattan & NJ (Bergen County) Restaurant Reviews

Ian Hunter's Guide to Manhattan and Bergen County, NJ's Best Restaurants, Bars, and Gourmet Markets

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Ear Inn: Bar. 326 Spring @ Greenwich; 23/15/M;  Been around since 1817; Decorated with historic items including antiques; Very mixed crowd here; Like going to a museum; Not fancy, and bordering on a dive bar, but worth a look at classic New York.

 

Terroir: Wine Bar. 24 Harrison @ Greenwich; 26/22/E; 3 locations and expanding; See website for what is one of the largest wines lists you’ll ever see- with wines described in a more hip, cool, and colorful way; Offer tasty delights as well; Cozy, small setting; TriBeCa location is bigger; Free sherry at Happy Hour. 

 

City Winery: Wine Bar. 155 Varick @ Vandam; 25/23/E; Large space – rare for genre; Wine bar, music venue and working winery; Music starts 8pm nightly; 11 wines in “Barrel Room” featured and poured by the tap; Very unique feel here; Great food. 

 

Patriot Saloon: Dive Bar. 110 Chambers @ Church; 17/11/I;  They hire bartenders with a sign reading “drunk sluts

wanted”.  Two levels;  Darts and pool; $6 pitcher of Pabst; Dancing on the bar welcomed; Basically – like Red Rock

West downtown. Dirt cheap madness. Pinball machines, Pool tables, good jukebox. 

 

Ward III: Lounge. 111 Reade @ Church-W-BWay; 24/22/E; Mixology at its best; Huge list of drinks – cocktails and beers including big Belgian selection; Cozy atmosphere, friendly staff; Can get crowded and it isn’t huge; Cocktails: $11-$15; See the excellent website for drink list – fun to read. 

 
Pegu ClubLounge. 77 W Houston St @ Wooster; 25/24/E; Romantic; Great drinks; Well known for exotic cocktails- one of the best in NYC for specialty drinks; Cool new place. Slightly pricey. “Drinks here are liquid art”. Bottom line – gorgeous spot that’s not too pretentious; Anniversary stopping place. 
 
PravdaLounge. 281 Layfayette @ Prince-Houston; 22/21/E; Cool lounge. Russian theme. Vodka and Martini Bar; Russian themed food- amazing quality; Trendy and pricy; More of a restaurant than bar. Flavored vodkas. Caviar selection is substantial; Infused vodkas will kick you in the arse! 
 
Fanelli’sIrish Pub. 94 Prince @ Mercer; 22/20/M; Good food; Laid back; Very inexpensive for area; Friendly bartenders – uptown feel in Soho; Relaxing and trustworthy. Ideal place to take break from shopping.  Late night pit stop as well. Try one of their burgers – excellent
 
Nancy Whiskey Pub: Dive Bar. 1 Lispenard St @ W B-Way; 20/15/M; Big time drunks here; Opens at 9am; Has shuffleboard; Happy hour 4-7pm with $2.50 Bud/ Bud Lt pints; Dirt cheap bar menu; Pitchers of Bud/ Bud Lite $10 Mon-Thurs. Good website – check out. 
 
Madame X: Lounge. 94 W. Houston @ LaGuardia–Thompson; 2 levels. Singles and a very sleek, fun, hip Soho hotspot; No attitude – laid back; Extremely classy and comfortable; Ideal lounge. Has a garden. One of the best bars in Soho; Friendly for dates, groups and after work or late night.