Winemonger and writer living in Brooklyn.
Nile Valley at Dekalb Market is a haven in downtown Brooklyn. Fresh juices are lovely, and the patties are great (and cheap).
Jet Airways offers pretty stellar vegetarian indian food... I was always happy when I flew with them! Plenty of wine too (crucial for a frightened flyer like me).
I have always been told not to rinse out a tasting glass with water as it dilutes the next wine. Probably best to just ask for a very small pour of your next wine to rinse your glass if needed.
Lovely review, I look forward to trying SmashBurger soon! As billbillet said, we are living in exciting times in Montclair for burgers, and food in general. My loyalty still lies with Tierney's though... I love a cheap naked burger with a side of cheap beer.
I was just talking about this last week! In my neighborhood (Park Slope, Brooklyn) there is a new-ish diner-ish thing called Delicious on the Slope which is terrifying. I am pretty sure they are laundering money because they have very few customers and extortionist prices ($4 for a bagel with cream cheese) in a dismal, fluorescent atmosphere. I would love to see something useful/yummy/pretty at this location!
Places like Bridge Urban Winery in Williamsburg or City Winery in SoHo would do a private event. Maybe 'Inoteca? I think that a wine bar might be your best bet.
Check out Osteria al Doge. It's pretty solid Italien... I particularly like their spinach and ricotta ravioli and fried calimari/shrimp. Also, Cafe Un Deux Trois is a good post-theater hang out, I usually see some actors I know. And they have crayons to color on the table cloth! (and awesome profiteroles)
I visited Bouchon for the first time on Friday; what a delight. Service was a bit compromised, perhaps due to the swarms of lunchers, but I enjoyed myself. I splurged on tons of macarons (the first I've ever had with such obvious butter cream filling, but delightful nonetheless) for the ladies at the store I work at, and the ho ho was a fun treat as well. I love the wrapper... Makes it a lot easier to eat!
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