Otto Enoteca Pizzeria

Otto Enoteca Pizzeria

3/9/2014 As we arrived at Otto, I captured the classic shot of the awning and the delivery bikes.  It has been the same for years. With the onslaught of the latest and greatest, we often forget about the old favorites – those places that have been around for years and deserve their reputation.  Not that Otto Enoteca Pizzeria is a quaint little Mom & Pop shop or anything.  It is part of the ever-growing Mario … Continue reading

The Butterfly

The Butterfly

The Butterfly is the latest addition to Chef Michael White’s growing empire.  Michael White is a Michelin starred chef most famous for Marea uptown, Osteria Morini and Ai Fiori downtown.  His training is in Italian food, but most recently he’s going back to his mid-western Wisconsin roots.   We’d heard it was inspired by his hometown in Wisconsin and that it was a ‘supper club’.  We were so pleasantly surprised when we got there!  It … Continue reading

Smith and Mills

Smith and Mills

Smith and Mills is a tiny little bar in an old carriage house on North Moore Street in Tribeca. The door is unmarked.   Smith and Mills is owned by Matt Abramcyk of Tiny’s Tribeca and Employees Only.  As with his other bars, the decor and cocktails are the headliner and good food is a great bonus.  It is also as dimly lit as the others.  So our first daylight visit yielded some descent photos … Continue reading

Murray’s Cheese Bar

Murray's Cheese

We are big fans of Murray’s Cheese Bar and prior to that Murray’s Cheese Shop.  When Murray’s Cheese Bar opened, we couldn’t wait to give it a try.  We’ve been there countless times and somehow missed doing a write-up! Murray’s Cheese has been in Greenwich Village since 1940 but the current owner, Rob Kaufelt, transformed it into the cheese destination of today.  Murray’s staff is incredibly knowledgeable about cheese.  They even offer a huge array … Continue reading

Rye House

Rye House

Rye House has been open since late 2009 and we’ve been there countless times over the years.  They opened at the time of the specialty liquor craze along with places like Madam Geneva or Mayahuel (gin and tequila, respectively).  Rye House does offer a full selection of alcohol but specializes in American whiskeys.  They also have a nice bar menu which I suppose characterizes them as a ‘gastro-pub’.  It is a large space with a … Continue reading

Rogue and Canon

Rogue and Canon

Remember XR Bar on the NE corner of Houston and Sullivan?  The newest iteration is Rogue and Cannon, opened by Johnny Swet and Larry Poston of Jimmy at the James Hotel.  This dive bar is now a stylish looking pub also serving upscale cocktails.  While the atmosphere is a huge improvement, the crowd still is a bit NYU.  But we’ll take it!  This is an area where we often find ourselves wandering around.  Usually we … Continue reading