821 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Give them a break. How many cool, hip hangouts does Minneapolis have. Only a stumble from Manny's, the W Bar is loud, packed and enjoyable. Reading their reviews,... the edgy hot folk they attract are also demanding.
381 Van Duzer St, Staten Island, NY 10304
A warm space, with a nice vibe and a buzz. Very busy last Friday night. Everything was perfect, loved the pulled pork/brushetta and flan. Great range of food, fresh tasting and inventive. The owner, Silva, makes the place special she's fantastic. If I lived in the neighborhood I'd be there every week.
635 Lake St E, Wayzata, MN 55391
The place tries to be a Mini-Manny's and completely misses the mark. It's like shooting a free throw and not hitting any rim. Runny creamed spinach, inedible clams, so-so steak, servers with a lame I-got-attitude tired game and limp expensive steaks. The playing card/ acoustical tile ceiling speaks to them just not getting it. No charm, no service, and no flavor. Why can't Wayzata get some decent food?
901 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Chambers is the equivalent of a fairly hot chick, that once you get to know her, you realize she isn't all that.\r
The place tries and does make it to a level of cool. The biggest limit on my enjoyment here is that the food is just alright and the staff is rules oriented instead of pleasing its customers. Chambers clings to a niche/balance between happening food and price. It's become boring and it shows in the dwindling crowd. I'd love to see some energy flow into this place. Minneapolis could use another great spot to hang out.
107 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
It is what it is,.. a mellow space with inventive good quality sushi. The sushi chefs have a likable vibe, we were with a large group and shared the tasting menus. The tastes are rounder, more French-like fusion than Peruvian like Nobu. It doesn't put it out of the park, but you're solidly on second base.
Hotel On Rivington
107 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
Loved this place, the location, the people at the hotel and the neighborhood scene. Best on the weekends, (the block comes alive at night). The lower East side was awesome, no longer scary. This is more of a funuxury hotel than true luxury. It is a bit edgy but we loved it and the steam shower was amazing.