Sunday, April 27, 2008


This joint is one of my FAVES!!!! Nobody knows about it! Garaunteed if ask 1,000 New Yorkers if they've ever heard about this place or ever went there, you be hard pressed to find a one. I'm gonna let the "Cat Out of the Bag." People should start paying me for this.

Yes F. Restaurant on Clinton Street down on the Lower East Side (LES) of New York is without a doubt one of the Coolest restaurants you could ever dream of going to. Paris Hilton has never been there.

F. Restaurant is a restaurant that serves incrediably tasty Puerto Rican Cusine. "Bet you've never had any? Yes you!"
You will pretty much only find Lationos and Latinas at this joint. i've been going their for about 15 years now. "Love It!"

The food is oh so tasty, and the prices are tailor made for the sluggish ecconmic times we now live in (2008). Hope we go on a upswing soon. "Very soon." Most dishes are about $1.20 or $1.50 a piece. Yes this is not a typo, dishes that cost $1.20 a piece. You can make a small meal out of just two. if you're Papa Relleno which is a Fried Potato Ball that isstuffed with ground beef as well. "Yum!" They also have wonderful Morcilla (Blood Sausage) and Pollo Fritto (fried chicken).

The have this great sign hanging over the counter area that says in both Spanish and English, and reads like this, "If your wife can't COOK, Don't Divorce Her, Bring her here to eat with you."
You've gotta LOVE IT, and if you ever go, you'll just Love "F. Restaurant" down on the Lower East Side

by DBZ


Here are three "GREAT" places to go to eat in Downtown Manhattan;El Quijote at the famed Chelsea Hotel on West 23 rd Street for great Lobsters and Paella. The bar is
a great place to have a couple Great Cocktails as the ambiance
is Cool of Another Era Tacky. "You gotta Love IT!!"
Pearl Oyster Bar on Cornelia Street in The Village makes thee
BEST LOBSTER ROLLS in New York, even Maine. The
New England Clam Chowder is tasty as well.
Raoul's for our money is the Coolest, Hippest, Best All Around French Bistro in New York.
The food is really good, Classic Bistro Fare. The ambiance is Cool as Hell and the Music they
play, is the Best in the City. Raoul's is on Prince Street near Sullivan in Soho. "It's Great!!!!"
MINETTA TAVERN, Macdougal Street at Minetta Lane, Greenwich Village, New York ...    Without Question the Coolest Restaurant in Town ... This great old Greenwich Village Bar / Restaurant was the In-Spot of Prize Fighters, Newsmen, Sports Fihures, and the Downtown Elite way back in the 30s & 40s when the affable Eddy Minetta rant the joint. For the past 30 years or so, Minetta Tavern was run quietly and devoid of any fanfare by a string of owner who never did very much with the place. The Master Restaurantuer KEITH McNALLY got his hands on the place, kept everything more-or-less the same (allof the wonderful old decor was intact). Keith spruced the place up a bit, hired a couple great chefs, lent his Magic Touch and the place has been packed ever since. A major New York Celebrity Haunt as all of Keith's restaurants are, Minetta Tavern is the coolest place in town. Famed for its wonderful decor, massive Steaks done French Style, Marrow Bones, and Burgers, The Black Label Burger and the Minetta Burger .. Minetta Tavern can't be beat.

  Article and all photos Copyright Daniel Bellino-Zwicke

Original article 2008 .. Updated 2014



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