It’s finally spring, but that doesn’t mean you should forego Pok Pok’s Hot Toddy, which is smooth and comforting in any weather. Dangerously addictive, this medicinal libation can also be found at the Whiskey Soda Lounge next door.
Every Monday and Tuesday, Red Gravy hosts Pasta Night, where those glorious hand-pulled noodles are $15 a pop and happy hour drink specials go on till the doors close. We couldn’t decide what to eat, so we ordered everything on the menu.
Dish Tips: Pasta Night is every Monday and Tuesday, but Red Gravy changes their menu often. Head over before the campanelle and maccheroncini are out the door. The orecchiette, fortunately, is a mainstay at 151 Atlantic Avenue.
There’s only one kind of burger at Greenpoint’s Anella, and it’s phenomenal. Spare to the point of elegance, this is all about the meat (a mix of short rib and brisket!). The only thing you need to add to this baby is the bacon jam (why wouldn’t you?), which might be the best two dollars you spend all day. Did we mention the patty is a mix of short rib and brisket?
Rating: 9.5. This burger gives fellow Brooklynite, Diner, some serious competition. The fries–the best we’ve had outside of Five Leaves–certainly don’t hurt. Neither does the aforementioned bacon jam, or the garlicky, whipped gribiche (if ketchup isn’t your thing) that arrives with them.
Hidden inside “Lewis Drug Store” is a prescription for pure bliss: the Sicilian Old Fashioned from Locanda Vini e Olii.
One of the perks of teaching in Staten Island is the pizza, and Brother’s Pizzeria on Port Richmond Avenue is our favorite parlor in town. One of the reasons why is its old-school charm. Another is the ability to get positively pie-happy by mixing and matching slices as diverse as a gooey, thick Sicilian with a thin and crispy Grandma. If that isn’t reason enough to eschew the no-slices offering at nearby Denino’s (a legend in its own right), there’s also the tattooed, back-slapping brothers behind the counter who might even tell you a joke while your pizza bakes in the oven.
Grade: Highly recommended, especially if you are with a group and want some variety. Nearby rival Denino’s only offers pizza by the pie.
Dish Tips: You can’t come here and not order a pink vodka slice, but stay for the others, particularly the Grandma and the Sicilian. If you’re hankering for the sandwich, the Chicken Parmigiana is out of this world.
Good For: A casual lunch or dinner. Brother’s is no-frills, but it is also cash-only. Bring those bills.
We’ve reviewed Yerba Buena Perry; we’ve also showcased its extraordinary dishes multiple times on our The Best Thing I Ate Last Week, but this West Village hangout has got some lethal cocktails, too. This week we feature the Cholula.
Rye in Williamsburg serves up one of the best happy hour deals in Brooklyn: a $5 double cheeseburger.
The two patties are slider-sized, medium-rare and accompanied by a smattering of pickles and endive, and a healthy coating of melted American, everything held together by a crunchy grilled bun. This is the American classic done right.
Rating: 8. Rye’s double cheeseburger is so good–and so cheap–you’ll probably want two. Happy hour at Rye is Monday through Friday, from 5:30 to 7pm.
Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, Florida crafts some of the best beer on the east coast. Fortunately, Tryst’s excellent draft list is heavy on local flavor. This Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Ale is a marriage between a Belgian strong ale and a 1,000 pound pumpkin (you read that right), roasted and donated by the Atlantic Hotel.
We’ve already featured Tryst’s delicious fish taco on our The Best Thing I Ate Last Week, but the McTryst burger ($8 during happy hour!) is no slouch.
Tryst goes for classic over complex: the patty is adorned with only a wedge of fresh, crispy lettuce, sliced tomato and onion, and Beemster gouda. But the under-toasted sesame bun was lacking any crunch, and the prime beef was slightly overcooked and underseasoned, making for more than one dry bite.
Rating: 5.5. As far as the classics go, Diner and Arthur’s Tavern still take the cake–or ketchup–but this happy hour offering is one of the best deals in Delray.
Delray Beach’s Dada is an ode to artistry in the kitchen and behind the bar. The restaurant began as a rum bar and it’s no surprise that the best drink on the extensive cocktail menu is the Cuban Cure.