Happy March, happy Friday, and in a few, happy hour. Here’s how four of our editors plan to kick off their weekends, local style.
Jillian King, production coordinator
Warm-Up: Grab a front window seat at The Wren, order a Wren-Quila (tequila, grenadine, pink peppercorns) and crispy fries with malt-vinegar mayo, and watch the pretty people trickle in.
Main Course: Two options, s’il vous plait. Opt for a French feast (bone marrow with shallots and lemon) at recently opened Le Philosophe. Or take a quick walk to last year’s sleeper hit, Calliope, for halibut in saffron mussel broth with romesco.
Next Level: In addition to checking out The Public Theater’s spiffed-up exterior and theatrical lineup, pop into The Library for a glass of red on a cushy barstool or head into Joe’s Pub for an editor favorite like Never Sleep Alone (which happens to be on tonight).
Jennifer Jackson, Web editor
Warm-Up: Meet the crew at aptly named beer garden Bier. (In warmer months, the front opens and turns into a huge patio.) Order whatever is on tap, truffle fries, and a baked Bavarian pretzel.
Main Course: Brave the wait at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for diablo Cajun chicken sandwiches, Syracuse-style salt potatoes, and spicy mac ’n’ cheese (the best things on the menu that aren’t barbecue). Tip: Check which college team is playing before you go. If it’s ’Cuse, the wait doubles (go Orange).
Next Level: On to Columbia’s Schapiro Theatre, where the sets are bare bones and the acting authentic (friend Mei Ann Teo is a brilliant director). Come late-night, join the open-air ruckus at Harlem Tavern or grab a to-go thin-crust pie from Bad Horse Pizza (skirt steak, jalapenos, onions).
South Slope/Windsor Terrace
Steven Casale, assistant Web editor
Warm-Up: There’s an old-timey feel and a drink to fill every stomach at Dale Talde and co.’s Thistle Hill Tavern. Try the Brooklyn Mule (local and ginger beers, lime) or glass of wine.
Main Course: Cafe Steinhof for traditional Austrian fare (bratwurst platter, red cabbage salad) or Toby’s Public House to quell wood-fired pizza cravings with Napoletana and smoked pancetta pies.
Next Level: The Double Windsor for an extensive draft beer selection and unpretentious neighborhood vibe. Cap the night at wine and tapas joint Brookvin.
Upper West Side
DeAnna Janes, copy editor
Warm-Up: Trot over to Film Society’s Indie Food & Wine; pair a glass of white with a small plate of Bayley Hazen Blue or the best bucket of Parmesan truffle popcorn in town.
Main Course: Not seeing a flick? Head up four blocks to the casual El Mitote. Order jalapeno-onion tacos (they’re off-menu, but ask the man in the suit), guac, and open-face shrimp taquitos; then park it at the bar with a marg. Hightail it to Levain Bakery for choco-chip cookie dessert.
Next Level: The Smith has an excellent selection of creative cocktails and craft brews (don’t bother with a table; head to the bar); two pints of Captain Lawrence and a basket of tata crisps with blue cheese fondue, and you’re set. Or get cozy at Amsterdam Ale House.
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