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Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker
When you say to me "Outdoor drinking and dining" I automatically think of a few things- margaritas, people watching, tasty snacks, sunshine. Let's disqualify the "touristy" places like Frying Pan (which I actually do like and go to often) to avoid the "kids" who have to get hammered to have a good time. This brings me to Ofrenda, in Manhattan's West Village.
Whether it's brunch or happy hour, dinner or nitecap, you can't miss with their menus. There isn't anything on the menu that's out of the ordinary or you haven't seen before at larger Mexican venues, but here it's done right, and (for all my visits) every time. A chunky guacamole and a queso fundido with huitlacoche are my go to apps, go for the tacos with the grilled pineapple, and most of all, try the chile relleno, with quinoa, manchego cheese, butternut squash, almonds, and rice.
Try pairing this with any of a number of mezcal or tequila cocktails- I personally love the "Devil in Oaxaca", mezcal, carrot juice, cilantro, agave, and orange bitters. You can also stick to the simple but very addicting Smoky Jalapeno margarita, I dare you to have just one.
Finally, being on the eastern side of 7th Ave near Sheridan Square/Christopher Street, you get great sunlight and even better people watching, try not to stare. Maybe I'll see you there for happy hour sometime...
For the million times I've passsed by this place I've never really thought to go in. THis review might have changed my mind....!
about 1 year ago
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Wine writer & Bordeaux lover. Part of the Duclot La Vinicole team.
In the outdoor space of the beautiful Highline Hotel. Sip on a frozen negroni as you enjoy the serenity of the monastic hotel behind you and the lively energy of the city in front of you. It can get crowded, but it's a great place to meet a friend for early evening drinks & light bites. Also a fun selection of Italian wines (some quirky/indigenous). Only open in the warmer weather, so take advantage!
Carmine Di Giovanni
Chef | Partner - Project Group
great hidden gem, in the tourist trap of little italy, with an amazing backyard for a nice chill vibe, with besopke cocktails
AGM at The Dutch
"Write an answer about why you are recommending this place" - umm, it's a raw bar. On a boat. Why would you go anywhere else?
Seriously, this is The Spot for the summer. Especially if you can get out of work early - or just skip the whole day! Post up at the bar with a g̶l̶a̶s̶s̶ bottle of rose, some oysters and a lobster roll.
Oh yeah. Life is good.
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