Urban Eats


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Nov 17, 2016 12:00 AM Urban Eats

It's easy to quickly become a fan of Tae Dickey. The owner/chef of Biga (950 Sixth Ave.) is direct but friendly. He's serious about hospitality and he wants to make a point by being a downtown resta more

Jan 8, 2016 12:00 AM Urban Eats

I drive east through downtown to get to work weekday mornings. When the sign went up at 531 Broadway for Ramen Yamadaya, my interest was piqued. At the very least I liked saying the name out loud more

Jan 4, 2016 12:00 AM Urban Eats

Rooftop bars are like urban tree houses. When I was a kid I used to go up into the branches of trees in the woods near my house and build little forts. more

Dec 11, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Eats

Striders (100 Harbor Drive) is a hybrid eatery/gaming place unlike anything I've seen outside a casino. And most casino horse racing parlors aren't this posh. more

Dec 4, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Eats

A restaurant called Crack Shack has opened right next to the stunning, high-end, always-packed Juniper & Ivy, owned by Mike Rosen and run by Top Chef Richard Blais. more

Nov 13, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Eats

It was getting close to noon on a Saturday in Little Italy. I was cranky, partly because I was walking with a limp. Not because I am old, but my right knee is. (Meniscus, who needs it?) My girlfriend more

Nov 6, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Eats

"You can be mediocre and do well over on India Street," says Michael Zenteno, general manager of Sirena Gourmet (1901 Columbia St.). "Here, our concept is what brings people in." more

Oct 19, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Eats

You can't utter the word "crazy" enough at the new bar/eatery that recently replaced downtown's Quality Social. The new Crazy Goose Bar & Lounge (789 Sixth Ave.) makes sure the crazy label is more

Sep 21, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Eats

Condos and apartment buildings usually have massive underground parking areas for everybody's cars. Those aren't man-cave-type spots where you'd want to chill with a cocktail. Garage Kitchen kknd Bar (655 Fourth Ave.) is. more

Aug 21, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Eats

It used to be that if you blinked while driving along downtown's India Street you missed Little Italy's short restaurant row. Of late, the eating experience has expanded one street west, to Kettner Boulevard.  more

Aug 14, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Eats

I thought I'd been alone in my distaste for Wet Willie's restaurant. For years it occupied a 7,000-square-foot space at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Market Street. more

Jul 28, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Eats

Location, location...elevation. It's been a few months since Rustic Root (535 Fifth Ave.) opened downtown in the space recently left vacant by Marble Room. more

Jul 17, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Eats

For a decade, Rama has been an elegant Thai staple in downtown's dining scene. Owner Alex Thao has run other eateries in Hillcrest, but his Asian invasion now centers on Fourth and Fifth avenues near the base of the Gaslamp Quarter.  more

Jun 26, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Eats

The first time I interviewed Jen Guerin she was a contestant on HGTV's reality show Design Star. It was 2009, and a public relations flack in New York got us on a conference line. more

Jun 15, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Eats

Quartyard's Meshuggah Shack Coffee Shop opens at 6 a.m. and delivers caffeine through a menu of drinks with names like El Kinky Nut, The Dude Abideth and A Steaming Hot Cup of Shut the F**k Up more

May 29, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Eats

This place doesn't feel like it's on the oft-raucous main drag in the Gaslamp Quarter. The address is 868 Fifth Avenue, but Quad AleHouse is on the third floor, literally and figuratively above it all. more

May 15, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Eats

It was time to start over at The District. My customer loyalty card finally had 10 holes punched in it. It'd been in my money clip for months. more

May 8, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Eats

It's pricey at Downtown's gargantuan, two-story Water Grill (615 J Street). It's a place for tourists, or conventioneers with corporate expense accounts more

May 1, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Eats

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