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Sommelier, Restaurant Marc Forgione
This is one of my favorite spots in the city. Besides the extensive menu of tapas (which you can order ALL of...there's an option at the bottom of the menu!) and the great wine list, the atmosphere in the dining room is truly unique. The small, basement bar opens up into an open two story dining room, equipped with fireplace and cozy ski lodge ambiance.
Queens native, freelance writer, food obsessed
I went here for Vday one year and it was a truly memorable experience, and a beautiful space. Can't agree more and can't recommend this enough!
over 1 year ago
Artist and aspiring food critic
The wine list here is incredible. Probably my favorite tapas place in the city.
Really liked your description of this place thank you!
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Some say it takes ten years to officially call yourself a New Yorker, and three years to call your restaurant a success, but the smell of a fireplace transcends it all, and evokes childhood memories of community, comfort, and vulnerability. Short of taking off my shoes, and cuddling up with the staff for story time, I felt like part of a family in a sometimes and often cold, hard city. Teddy's, for almost thirty years has been owned and operated by the restaurant's landlords: Felice and Glenn Kirby, who poured their hearts and souls into making sure everyone walking through the door felt loved, and cared for--the true meaning of hospitality and a forgotten heritage lost on the frantic ephemerality of failing restaurants, and the blase ignorance of the big corporate bureaucratic institutions.
One Tuesday night in late August I walked into a crowded bar that was watching Desert Stars' Music Video Premiere, and live stage performance. The room was on fire; Becca the bartender was confirming to Sophie, the waitress that she indeed needed fifteen shots of chilled Patron, six signature Jalapeno Margaritas, three Manhattans on the rocks with burnt orange twists, two Negroni Up and five Brooklyn Blasts. My friend Matt and I stepped out of the main room that was teeming with life and celebration to find a cozy seat in the back dining room near the fireplace for the Neighborhood's Best Bacon Cheeseburger, and whatever fresh catch Kirby had personally caught himself that day off the shores of Breezy Point. I believe it was still soft-shell crab season.
We stepped into the back dining room, I closed my eyes, and the quiet crackle and smell of burnt pine evoked memories of an intimate Summer lake house evening with long-time friends who know you like family, who would recite your old poems and song lyrics back to you in bellied laughter. I opened my eyes and the walls were displaying ten or so oil paintings for sale by a local artist. Murmurs of delight and enchantment filled the room, while Chet Baker sang of roaming through roses and stars breaking through early twilight.
The Tables were full, so we made our way back to the front dining room, who's giant glass windows opened to the bustling Williamsburg corner of Berry Street and North 8th Street. The fading melon sun refracted through the original 1880's stained-glass windows above as we moseyed our way up to the bar, where two bar seats had serendipitously opened up as magically as when Moses pointed his staff at the Red Sea. Across the crowded room, neighbors and friends exchanged smiles, and small talk between songs. In slow motion, a freckled angel's blonde wavy locks swung around and with one wink, i was in love. She took my hand and hopped on the back of my motorcycle and we rode off into the sunset, only to return again and again, and always to our home away from home; Teddy's.
Ian Christopher Roberts
BBQ Grill Master, beer lover
This was really dope, I enjoyed reading it! It was more short story than review...it sounds like a place id love to check out
Wish I could work as an ice cream tester for Ben & Jerry's
This review was a work of art! Beautiful, thanks for sharing!
You learn most about a culture through their food
You've got me sold on Teddy's, read this beginnign to end
Bartender at CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Wow, this was a beautiful bit of reading. I don't go to Brooklyn often but I will definitely plan a trip around this one.
Beverage Director, Strip House 12th Street
What's better on a chilly night than comforting food and a cozy fireplace. I Trulli has both.
Mama makes the pasta (every day) and the dining room has a beautiful glass fireplace that is in the middle of both dining rooms. Thus there are multiple tables with a close up of the roaring goodness.
Winter is finally here so get there soon.
Journalist, aspiring food critic, amateur cook
I have been on the hunt for this very such thing. You painted a beautiful picture of it can't wait to check it out!
Coooool. I need to look up a photo of this place it sounds amazing!
I've known a few people that worked here and always meant to stop in but never have, none of them told me about the fireplace! I would have become a regular had I known!
Manager at Blue Ribbon Federal Grill
Completely under-rated and so rarely full, the Smyth hotel in Tribeca has one of the most beautiful lounges in NYC with a roaring fireplace and their "night bar" opens at 5pm every night featuring a cocktail program run by PDT/Booker and Dax veteran Anne Robinson. The food is also great and the service is outstanding. Definitely worth checking out.
So rarely full and great cocktails sounds perfect to me...I'm glad you shared this, thank you!
Industry vet, 15+ years in hospitality
Oh man, why did you tell people about Smyth ;) Agreed...a really underrated spot.
Culinary Manager at The Brooklyn Kitchen
Going to The King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel is an experience that brings you back to the old , classic Manhattan life. The lighting is dim, the seats are large and comfortable, and the ambiance is full of upscale charm. The rooms feels like the kind of place were suit clad gentlemen from the publishing industry would sit around the fireplace smoking cigars and drinking Scotch... there is an intellectual air to the crowd. Though pricey, the cocktails are phenomenal. Keep this place in mind the next you you want to feel like an old fashioned New Yorker on a cold winter night.
So cool! I just went and looked up some more photos it looks great. I'm surprised I have not heard about this place before!
about 1 year ago
Regina Myers Maganzini
Owner/operator of four small establishments in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn. Black Mountain Wine House, Bar San Miguel, Union Grounds and PDQ.
I'm not trying to discredit this review or push my own establishment, but I truthfully fell in love with my husband because of this place. We now own it, but we didn't back then. It was designed by James Mamary and he made it absolutely beautiful. We've done our best to keep it super fun, inexpensive, and delicious too ;)
Really loved this story, I'll come by and pay you guys a visit sometime!
Beautiful background thanks for sharing Regina! :)
Ex chef, current culinary recruiter. Angelino living in NYC. Instagram: KrisKracks
Cool fireplace in the back, good music that's (usually) played at the perfect volume... PLUS they have hot toddies. None of this eye rolling about having to boil water business.
Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between
I almost hesitate to write about Roof at Park South because as impossible as it might seem for a rooftop, it still has a bit of hidden gem status. It's never a pretentious crowd and rarely packed, and offers a relaxed setting along with great cocktails and delicious small bites. In several sections they have fireplaces you can cozy up around which makes it a unique setting with the open-air surroundings. It's closed during the winter, but highly recommended when it's still cool out when it reopens in the spring.
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