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

Milady’s Bar & Restaurant – CLOSED

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Milady’s Bar in Soho is a classic dive bar.  It is a gem still standing in a gentrified and shopified neighborhood.  The Red Bench, our former Sullivan Street stand-by dive bar has been closed down.  It was a long time coming, but last night we were in that kind of mood in the middle of Soho and nowhere to go!  We’d had some appetizers and a few cocktails at Clarkson, a new hot spot nearby. … Continue reading

Meade’s Bar and The South Street Seaport – CLOSED

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22 Peck Slip – South Street Seaport Bar/Restaurant, Local Hangout, Outdoor Drinking Jen did a prior write up on Meade’s, but this article has more to do with what happened during and after hurricane Sandy.  The Seaport was one of, if not the worst hit areas of Manhattan.  We moved to the Seaport from the Chelsea area in the Winter of 2006.  It was around the same time that Meade’s opened.  When we moved to the Seaport … Continue reading

Dumbo Arts Festival – Brooklyn, NY

Dumbo, Brooklyn We’ve been attending the Dumbo Arts Festival for a few years and generally enjoy a full day there.  But for the past two years we’ve noticed a steep decline in the quality of the ‘Open Studio’ art.  There are plenty of other things to check out, but isn’t the artist kind of the point of this whole thing?   Perhaps not anymore, with the rise of the corporate sponsor.  There were signs … Continue reading

The Brooklyneer

The Brooklyneer is a fave spot of ours. They have a new Brooklyneer Pilsner we are diggin’ on a hot summer day. Order a dog, beers are $1. Always on the menu! Brooklyneer Dog $6 Mile End All Beef Hotdog, Pickle Guys mustard, ketchup, Buttermilk Channel B & B relish Brunswick Dog. $6 Mile End All-Beef Hotdog, Brunswick Stew, chopped onions and cheddar cheese String artwork 4th of July before they got totally slammed!   … Continue reading

JM Curley – Boston


Way up in the north-east there is this gastropub… gastropub I wanna tell ya about.  Gastropub by the name of JM Curley.  At least that was the handle the owner gave it but it’s regulars call it Curley’s.  Now, “Curley’s” – that’s a name no one would self-apply where I come from.  But then there was a lot about Curley’s that didn’t make a whole lot of sense.  And a lot about where it is … Continue reading