I recently went to Republic (37 Union Square West at 16th Street) with my Mom for an early dinner.  I haven’t been there in a while, so I was really looking forward to the meal.  It was pretty empty, so we were seated immediately.  Normally I order the curried duck noodles (which are really tasty), but this time I decided to opt for a bento box. Continue reading



This post is a few weeks late, but I’ll try to remember the meal as accurately as possible.  Back in Early June, we took my Dad to dinner at Barbounia (250 Park Avenue South at 20th Street) for his birthday.  I’d never been there before, but my brother knows one of the partners, Alon and recommended the place. It’s a pretty swanky Greek/Mediterranean joint & was packed to the gills by the time we got there so unfortunately we weren’t able to get the seat by the open doors that we wanted (even though we had made reservations & requested said table). Continue reading

Pete’s Tavern

Pete's TavernI braved the snow earlier today to meet my father & brother at Pete’s Tavern ((129 East 18th Street) ignore the lack of snow in the photograph.  I had forgotten my camera so I found a stock picture on Google), it’s a bit out of my usual stomping grounds, but what the heck.

Just from the exterior, you can tell that this place is old, a plaque by the door proudly states that Pete’s was established in 1864!  The interior probably hasn’t changed much at all!  A long bar with booths on the opposite wall lead to the dining area in the back (I’m pretty sure you can get food service up front too).

Well, let’s get to the meat & potatoes (literally), Pete’s Tavern is a place for burgers & fries. I got one, my Dad did as well, but my brother opted for the special of roasted chicken with fragrant rice; a choice that would end up biting him in the ass.  The chicken arrived looking dry as an old shoe & we could immediately see that he was not happy with this selection.  A few bites into his dish & he pretty much gave up.  Luckily our waitress was on top of her game; she saw that he wasn’t enjoying his meal & offered him something else.

The burgers that we ordered were excellent.  They were cooked medium rare just as we had ordered & you could see the care taken in making the burger & taste the diligence in the selection of meat.  I was unimpressed with my fries (well, not blown away like with the burger anyway), but I liked the beer selection.

All in all, Pete’s Tavern is a great spot to grab a beer, burger & have a good time.  I’ll be going back!
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