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For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100.¬†Let the gluttony continue…

One evening, we walked by Death & Company (my favorite cocktail bar) on our way to their sister bar Amor y Amargo. And who was standing outside? My old friend (he’s younger than me actually) from college, Fletch. No, not Chevy Chase.

Fletch wasn’t standing outside the immensely popular cocktail lounge waiting for a table. He was the guy who determines if people get a table or not. While he’s stronger than me, bouncer wouldn’t be the exact word. More like amicable, charming gatekeeper.

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My search for the best beer in New York continues….

The speakeasy trend has become somewhat of a clich√© in New York. It seems that any restaurant or bar with an unmarked storefront can be called a speakeasy. Just don’t raise a sign at your establishment and you’ll be hidden and hip. The days of legitimate secret phone numbers or exclusive reservations are practically a thing of the past (once again). And aside from 124 Old Rabbit Club, the trend has not reached the craft beer world. Until now.

Proletariat isn’t really hiding itself (the door is wide open), but you certainly have to know it’s there. This very narrow and small bar is nestled inside another shop in the East Village. You have to walk into the brightly colored Jane’s Sweet Buns, pass the yeasty aromas, act as if you know where you’re going, and you will stumble upon this spot.

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