Monthly Archives: December 2011

A visit to Slightly Oliver at 511 Amsterdam Avenue, Upper West Side

Slightly Oliver opened recently in the old Bar Luna space.  Swapping out a focus on wine for a focus on cocktails (though still offering about 20 wines by the glass as well as a few beers on tap), Slightly Oliver’s layout is almost identical to Bar Luna, with a 12-seat bar on the right and high-top tables on the left.  Up a few steps past the bar is the narrow dining area.  Slightly Oliver is a more grown-up spot from the post-college scene a few blocks south on Amsterdam.  Slightly Oliver is definitely worth a visit if you live nearby or are visiting the nabe.  If there were a cocktail bar focused UWS NYC bar crawl, Slightly Oliver would be a stop on it.

A visit to AOA Bar and Grill, 35 Sixth Avenue (at Lispenard) in Tribeca

AOA Bar & Grill takes over from a former restaurant whose name I can’t recall.  A spacious set-up with two bars, one semi-circle near the entrance and another L-shaped bar just beyond the semi-circle one.  In the bar area, AOA B&G has six high-top tables, along with additional seating beyond the two bars.  About a dozen flat screen TV sets were showing college football during my visit.  AOA’s beer selection is extensive with 25 taps and 50 bottles.  In addition, there are 12 wines by the glass.  The food menu consists mainly of upscale bar / bistro fare as well as pizza.  AOA is a nice addition to the Tribeca craft-beer focused NYC bar crawl.  I hope AOA can last longer than the former occupants of this space.

20 taps at this bar and another 5 taps at the smaller bar.

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Mé Bar, the amazing rooftop bar, is now closed

I learned Mé Bar closed earlier this year (per a recent article from  Crushing news, it was probably my favorite rooftop bar in Manhattan.  Located atop the La Quinta Inn at 17 West 32nd street, this rather small, cozy spot offered larger-than-life views of the Empire State Building.  According to the DNAinfo article, Me Bar lost its lease.  I am not aware if another bar will move into the space.  Mé Bar was a signature stop for any rooftop NYC bar crawl.  RIP, Mé Bar, you will be missed.

What are your memories of Mé Bar?  Do you know if another bar will move into the space?  Share your thoughts here.