Belle Reve | End of an Era

Belle Reve

Background Belle Reve means ‘sweet dreams’ or ‘beautiful dream’ in French.  But also, it is the name of the plantation in Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.  And most notably in recent history, the penitentiary in Suicide Squad.  All great references for a bar name. Since it opened just over 3 years ago, we have been frequenting our longest-running favorite NYC bar, Belle Reve in Tribeca.  We first discovered it not knowing the bar was … Continue reading

Harry’s NYC | A Wall Street Institution Since 1972

stone street, bar

Our Go-To Gets a Remodel We have very few ‘regular’ spots we can count on for solidly good food in Battery Park/Financial District. Harry’s NYC is one of them. Formerly Harry’s Cafe & Steak, now just Harry’s. Named after Harry Poulakakos, who’s family owns many downtown institutions, this spot is focused on Steak and does cater to the Wall Street crowd on weeknights. But for those of us living near Stone Street, this is a … Continue reading

The Butterfly – CLOSED

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

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

The Ranstead Room – Philadelphia

2013 Ranstead St. – Rittenhouse Square Cocktail Bar The Ranstead Room is part of the Starr Restaurant Group, whose reach includes Morimoto and Buddakhan right here in NYC.  This little ‘hidden’ speakeasy is not such a secret.  But it sort of feels that way as you enter the unmarked door.  The menu is sophisticated and, of course, requires varied ice shapes.  The bartender told us as we sipped our ‘Son of a Beesting’ and ‘Tatanka’ … Continue reading