Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #12: The Wing Bar

The Wing Bar BrooklynThe Wing Bar
Neighborhood: Cobble Hill
Venue: Restaurant and Bar
Atmosphere: Serene courtyard outback 
Crowd/Scene: Walk-ins, Sports Watchers
Foursquare Check-inhttp://4sq.com/1lGa39x
Rating: 3 Stars

As my quest along Smith Street continued on this faithful Saturday, I followed up trips to Clover Club, Brooklyn Social and Zombie Hut with a trip to place that serves one of my favorite dishes on earth: Chicken Wings!

With a name like “The Wing Bar,” you automatically set the expectation that you make good wings. To be honest, I didn’t even take into consideration the idea that they wouldn’t have good wings. How long can you actually last as an eatery of some sort when you’re not even good at what your namesake suggests you should be? It would be like Jamba Juice sucking at juice, Pizza Hut sucking at pizza, or New York’s own, Bathtub Gin not having good gin.

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Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #11: Zombie Hut

Zombie Hut BrooklynZombie Hut
Neighborhood: Cobble Hill
Venue: Bar, Games
Atmosphere: Fun, Chatty 
Crowd/Scene: Gamers! 
Foursquare Check-inhttp://4sq.com/1lGa2lZ
Rating: 3 Stars

My quest along Smith Street continued to Zombie Hut, where I found something that has been lacking in my everyday New York City life: a game bar!

I’ve done almost every kind of bar there is in New York City. From the traditional cocktail and sports bars, to the less familiar poetry and cigar bars. Still, despite the seeming abundance and/or popularity of game bars, I have yet to frequent one…until now.

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Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #10: Brooklyn Social

Brooklyn Social Cobble Hill NYCBrooklyn Social
Neighborhood: Cobble Hill
Venue: Cocktail Bar
Atmosphere: Western Saloon 
Crowd/Scene: Stragglers, Drinkers 
Foursquare Check-inhttp://4sq.com/1kmuFQ6 
Rating: 2 Stars

I was really excited about going to Brooklyn Social–for the 20 minutes or so in which I made my decision to go. I was literally at Clover Club, trying to figure out how to keep the party going, and I used my Foursquare list to find the closest place on Smith Street with a happening vibe. Well, in this instance, Foursquare fooled me.

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Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #9: Clover Club

Clover Club Brooklyn NYCClover Club
Neighborhood: Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
Venue: Cocktail Bar
Atmosphere: Chill, Low-key
Crowd/Scene: Trendy, Drinkers 
Foursquare Check-inhttp://4sq.com/1lG9Fru
Rating: 5 Stars

An absolute hidden gem–to all Manhattanites that is. People in Brooklyn, or at least near Smith Street, know all about the Clover Club, which is undoubtedly one of the best cocktail bars in all of New York City–and I’ve had my fair share of cocktails!

Despite Clover Club being on my list, I ended up here on a bit of a whim. Upon looking for a place to have brunch, I sent my friends to my list of things to do this summer. When they picked the Clover Club, I was surprised given that I was referred to it as a good place to get a drink, and they were looking at it as a place to have a weekend brunch.

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Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #8: Lillie’s

Liilie's NYC Hell's KitchenLillie’s
Neighborhood: Hell’s Kitchen
Venue: Bar and Restaurant  
Atmosphere: Casual, Afterwork, Chatty
Crowd/Scene: After workers, Neighborhood folk 
Rating: 3 Stars

An underrated place in the midtown, Lillie’s is great spot for just kicking it after work. It has a nice atmosphere, with the ability to sit by the window for some sun or go to the back for some low-lighting. You can sit at the bar or at one of their many tables for two. And the service is exquisite, with the waiters and bartenders seemingly on point with getting you a new drink and/or asking you if you want food after your 6th Bullet and Ginger.

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Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #7: VU Bar

VU Bar NYCVU Bar
Neighborhood: Korea Town
Venue: Outdoor Bar 
Atmosphere: Loose, Fun 
Crowd/Scene: Afterwork, Tourists 
Foursquare Check-inhttp://4sq.com/1lG8V5T
Rating: 1 Star

I really can’t get on board with the likes of VU Bar. I felt like I was sold a bag of false goods. I put this place on my list as it was described to me as being an oasis among the cultivated mess that is Midtown and K-Town. However, upon walking in VU Bar, I quickly realized that I was entering the 7th ring of hell.  Continue reading

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Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #6: Vinateria

Vinateria Central Harlem NYCVinateria
Neighborhood: Central Harlem 
Venue: Italian Restaurant
Atmosphere: Low-key, casual 
Crowd/Scene: Trendy 
Foursquare Check-inhttp://4sq.com/1lG8Dfh
Rating: 4 Stars

Vinateria was excellent. This place has been around the corner from me for probably a year now, and yet I hadn’t made it through its doors until this summer. Now, it may be a while before I find myself back through Vinateria’s doors, but we will get to that in a second.

My night here started off very interesting. Upon arriving, the mother of the owner (or so she claimed) was talking incessantly to my old lady. Needless to say, my presence didn’t deter her, so she continued to talk to me as well. It wasn’t an unpleasant dialogue, but it wasn’t expected either. The conversation didn’t negatively effect my experience here whatsoever, but I thought I’d warn the rest of you to watch out this old lady if you’re in any kind of a hurry when you sit down at Vinateria.

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