This nice little local reminds us of a certain type of friendly neighbourhood Manhattan bar, which is, sadly, becoming rare in Manhattan. Brick walls, casual decor, mixed clientele and a varied offering of food and drink at extremely fair prices. It’s a place where people go to enjoy themselves, not to strike poses.
There’s a short cocktail list – all classics – and while our martini was not flawlessly made (too much vermouth and too warm), its exceedingly low price made up for all faults. A wide-ranging list of international bottled beers is a major plus. Service is charming and efficient, and the whole place has a happy vibe. There are tables for serious eating, and an appropriately serious menu to go with them. The music, though chosen with very good taste, can get in the way of conversation when the place is full. But that’s pretty much standard nowadays – most people would be delighted to have a local like this.