Jaclyn W.

Jaclyn W.

New York

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New American Restaurant / Bar / Lounge
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Apr 26, 2013
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Irish Pub / American Restaurant
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Apr 10, 2013
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Mexican Restaurant
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Mar 24, 2013
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Latin American Restaurant / Tapas Bar
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Mar 21, 2013
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Bar / American Restaurant / Arcade
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Mar 19, 2013
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Gastropub / New American Restaurant
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New American Restaurant / Bar / Gastropub
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Beer Hall / Gastropub
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Bar / Speakeasy / Absinthe Bar
Mar 19, 2013

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  • Refinery Rooftop

    New York
    Refinery Rooftop in New York.
    Jul 1, 2013 Parker & Quinn "My Take: Originally attending a rooftop goodbye party, I was shocked to see a line wrapped around Refinery Hotel at 6pm on a Thursday night. The weather was not particularly suited for outdoor activities, yet the place was still packed. I found the party inside at Parker & Quinn assembled around a small table near the bar hoping something would open up. Several hours later and no such luck. It’s a great place to catch up with a small group of friends or co-workers if you work in the area. While you should sample a cocktail or two if already situated, I would not recommend going out of your way to get drinks in the Fashion District. The Scene: Parker & Quinn is trying real hard to become a popular hotel bar. The décor is a cross between ritzy and sports bar that will most likely end up equating to another tourist attraction. The rooftop is the key to Parker & Quinn’s crowd. Generally packed on most nights because of the views, doormen send sulking patrons through the hotel and into the darkness of Parker & Quinn’s awaiting space. Although the servers are friendly and the menu is cutesy, it does not strike me as another Ace or Standard Hotel. Whether they’re still working out the kinks or their location is deterring it from stepping up a notch, time will soon tell. Cocktails & Cuisine: If you’re looking to throw a few back at Parker & Quinn, opt for their beers or cocktails. Although you can be boring and order a Heineken Light, they also offer lagers such as Ommegang Three Philosophers and drafts like Shocktop. Check out their cocktail menu as well. They’re going for the holistic vibe and the menu states as such, however, each cocktail is carefully crafted and does take the bartender a while to make, so be patient young ones. Try the Bell Boy that is made with yellow pepper juice or the Struggle Buggy that is plagued with Mescal. Now you know why they named it that! As for food, maybe it’s because they recently just opened, but it was not too impressive. The flatbreads, which the servers push, are nothing to rave about and items like their burgers or sandwiches are primarily all bread. They do get a decent crowd here for dinner though. Prices: Bites ($3 - $15), Small Plates ($9 - $35), Salad ($9 - $13), Flatbreads ($11 - $32), Meats: Chicken, Duck, Quail, Pork, Ribs, Steak ($8 - $29), Fish: Fin or Shell ($14 - $32), Pasta ($9 - $23), Sandwiches ($16 - $21), Vegetables ($6 - $10), Soup ($9 - $10), Cocktails ($14), Beer ($6 - $30), and Wines ($8 - $12). What to Wear: Parker & Quinn houses an eclectic crowd ranging from tourists staying at the hotel to business men pouring in from all over midtown west. Hence, why attire ranges from button-downs and ties to jeans and t-shirts. It’s a casual free-for-all here! Insider Info/When to go: Thursday nights are the nights to prowl Parker & Quinn. If you’re looking to be on the roof, then get there early or make reservations." hide
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  • Studio Square

    New York
    Bar / Beer Garden
    Studio Square - Bar | Beer Garden in New York.
    Jun 23, 2013 2 Words: Loaded Lemonade "My Take: Nice weather, your favorite team, a group of great friends, and alcohol; what’s not to love here? Studio Square is referred to as the “new” beer garden in Astoria. With plenty of seating and TVs scattered all over the place, it’s the perfect venue to grab a group of friends on a nice day and watch a game. They allow beer pong to be played at the tables and the crowd is friendly enough that it is very easy to mingle and mix groups. If you find yourself wanting an escape from Manhattan for a change, then I suggest Studio Square. Their Loaded Lemonade cocktails hit the spot on a hot summer day! Beware though, CASH ONLY. The Scene: Wooden tables adorn both the inside and outside spaces of Studio Square. Flat screen TVs as well as a giant outdoor projector display popular sporting events. Earlier in the day, you will find the crowd to be more family oriented including small children. As the day progresses, the crowd becomes a bit younger and the place becomes more packed. If you want to score a wooden table for a large group of friends, then try coming in between 7-8pm, or after a game ends. There seems to be a small window of time when groups clear out. The crowd itself seems very Jersey-esque. While a beer garden is typically known for casual attire, there are plenty of girls decked out in full accessories and heels to probably pick-up the male dominated crowd. Cocktails & Cuisine: Unless you are a fan of pub fare, eat before you visit Studio Square. Their food options are extremely limited and you’ll find yourself eating an entire bucket of salty fries just to curb your appetite. If that’s your kind of meal, then no judgment here! As for drinks, beers are fresh on tap and are rotated seasonally. For those who enjoy cocktails, try their sangria pitchers that are made with real fruit or their loaded lemonade. They are both surprisingly refreshing and truly add to the garden’s summery ambiance. Prices: Seasonal Beers ($7+), Cocktails ($7 - $25), Wine ($7 - $18), Bucket of Fries ($5 - $16), Wings ($8 - $20), Salads ($7 - $10), Other Dishes ($8 - $10), Sandwiches ($11 - $12), American Grill ($7 - $13), German Grill ($6 - $8). What to Wear: Since the majority of Studio Square is an outdoor space, dress accordingly for the weather. It does get cooler in Astoria (as opposed to Manhattan), at night. If you plan to camp out here for the entire day, then bring a light jacket or sweater. Attire ranges from casual to dressy casual. Girls can wear anything from jeans to sundresses with platform sandals and guys can wear shorts or jeans with sneakers. If there is a game on, it’s not uncommon to find many of the males in the crowd with jerseys on or another item that represents a favorite team. It’s a beer garden, so while it may be loud, it’s also very laid back. Insider Info/When to go: CASH ONLY! An ATM is offered inside, but you will have to pay a fee, so it’s best to stuff your wallet ahead of time. Additional Insider Info: Studio Square allows various networks to use their space to film TV series and commercials. The most recently filmed clips there were from Nurse Jackie and a Guinness Black Lager commercial. " hide
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  • Watermark Bar

    New York
    Bar
    Watermark Bar - Bar in New York.
    Jun 18, 2013 Abandon Ship and Save Your Booty! "My Take: When I heard Watermark Bar was set to open at the Seaport, I genuinely was excited to check it out. Cocktails concocted by Jeremy Strawn, outdoor picnic tables located on a pier, and lobster rolls; seriously who could ask for anything more from a new establishment? Oh wait…every patron who dines here. What a disappointment! First off, their outdoor seating is a miniature, roped off area that houses approximately twelve cafeteria-style tables (with a few missing their second benches). If this place ever gets packed, good luck getting served! Half of their cocktails call for muddled ingredients, which usually indicates that they are fresh. Wrong again! I ordered a Watermelon Press, which consists of vodka, muddled watermelon, lime and some ice. Not only was the drink poorly made (mind you this place was basically empty on a Monday night), but also the entire drink tasted like simple syrup. I didn’t see syrup listed on the menu nor have I ever equated muddled watermelon and lime to chemical ingredients. My date’s drink was just as bad. He had the Bourbon Palmer; also completely made of sugar. What should have been a serene night by the river was in reality more stress than what it was worth. Between prices, children running around the outskirts of the roped off seating area, and awful drinks, I cannot see any reason why anyone will return to this venue nor do I believe that they will stay in business long. Head over to Beekman’s for a beer and some better views. The Scene: Watermark Bar offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The interior features a central, full bar surrounded by TVs that primarily display sporting events. Red, metal bar stools line the bar and high-top tables surround the outskirts providing patrons with glass walls, so that views of the harbor are not obstructed. As for outdoor seating, long, wooden tables and benches are scattered within a confined area due to outdoor drinking container laws. The crowd ranges from tourists to locals and plenty of couples. The idea to bring a date to Watermark Bar is not lost on me because of the views, however, the venue itself is a disaster of an experience. Cocktails & Cuisine: Being that the Seaport is a touristy area, beer and cocktail prices remain high at Watermark Bar, and are not worth what you get in return. I’ve only had the fries here, so I cannot speak for the food, but the menu is very small and once again, expensive for the portions you receive. Prices: Beers ($8 - $9), Wines ($9 - $48), Prosecco and Champagne ($10 - $425), [**Seriously, who in their right mind would drink Dom P here?], Cocktails ($9 - $14), Snacks ($5 - $11), Salads ($9 - $16), Hot Dogs ($6 - $8), Burgers ($8 - $14), and Sea Food ($10 - $21). What to Wear: This place is super casual. Anything you would wear to wander the Seaport can be worn at Watermark Bar. Whether you are in jeans or coming from work on Wall Street, attire is not something to stress about here. Insider Info/When to go: Although it is not listed on their current menu, as soon as the café and ice cream shop open up, they will be serving alcoholic sno-cones." hide
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