Chumley’s Bar Reopened, and With SWANK

Well, it’s finally happened. Since it caved in on itself during renovation back in 2007, Chumley’s, the legendary speakeasy/literary dive/Greenwich Village stalwart since 1922, is, since October, in business again. But like a body with a head transplant (or a head with a body transplant), it ain’t quite the same. The new place, built pretty […]

The Night I Fell in Love With the Brooklyn Ice House

I like a lot of places. That’s me. I get attached to specific locales, like cats do. As my friend Bob once said, “I miss every place I’ve ever lived,” and I get it. I dig places. And I definitely like several bars here in New York, but love? That’s not a word I bandy […]

Montero’s Bar, J. G. Melon & Radegast Hall Prints For Sale

Montero’s Bar & Grill of Brooklyn Heights will be featured in my upcoming book Great Good Places of New York, along with J. G. Melon’s (Upper East Side) and Radegast Hall (Williamsburg, Brooklyn). I loved drawing these three almost as much as I love visiting them. These are special places. You should check them out, whether you live in […]

Brooklyn’s Great Good Places: More Exploration

I visited two radically different places one day last month, in two of Brooklyn’s great neighborhoods. I loved them both. Berg’n is a gigantic, hypersocial beerhall & foodatorium. Bed-Vyne Brew is a rustic, intimate corner bar focusing on beer, wine and music. Both are a damn delight. You can live someplace all your life and not know everything […]

Adobe Blues: A Taste of a Great Good Place

Adobe Blues is the kind of place that will surprise the hell out of you. [The following is a snippet from the “Adobe Blues” chapter of my upcoming book Great Good Places of New York, to be published by Rizzoli in 2018] Adobe Blues is the best kind of bar you’ll ever visit: a regulars […]

Visiting Harlem: Get Up There and Do It

Visiting Harlem has been high on my to-do list as I’m working on my current project, a book covering favorite neighborhood bars, taverns and dives of NYC. It’s called Great Good Places of New York to be published by Rizzoli in 2018. I trend toward Brooklyn-centricism these days (read: comfy, lazy, parochial), but got off my duff earlier this […]

Williamsburg Bars: Lucky Dog & Greenpoint Tavern

Williamsburg bars are legion. After all, it’s one of the liveliest neighborhoods in Brooklyn and one of the early epicenters that made the whole borough “cool” with it’s dense nightlife, music scene, beer bars and restaurants. It was ground zero for the Brooklyn Renaissance since the early ’90s or so. But a lot of Williamsburg’s […]

Dog Bars. I Love Them. Cat Cafés, Too. Why Not?

Dog bars: they have personality. I love a bar with personality, ergo, I love dog bars, that is, bars that allow pooches inside. But there’s a hitch: departments of health. Some of them (specifically the one here in New York) aren’t so keen on hairy beasts in public houses of consumption. And you should see […]

Staten Island Bar Hopping (Again!)

If you don’t already live there, Staten Island bar hopping takes some doing, but it’s worth it. First you have to hop across New York’s harbor, which you can do by car via the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge (for a toll) or on the Staten Island Ferry (for free). But once you’re there, you’re in a different […]

Rockaway Beach Bingo: More Research in Outer Queens

Surfing in New York City. Yes, surfing, the water kind. Rockaway Beach feels like a hoppin’ little surfer community right here in NYC. Waaaaaay the hell out at the edge of Queens, it’s on a long, narrow spit of land with an enormous beach facing the Atlantic, the other side on Jamaica Bay, and it’s only an A […]