Love, love, love margaritas and tacos, well, all Mexican food for that matter. So, I went to check out CHICOJULIO on the Upper West Side.


This Cantina-style restaurant offers live music, and, when I was there, it was by way of a three-piece jazz band. Not necessarily what you’d expect from a Mexican restaurant, but actually a really nice surprise and touch. The aesthetic is clean, yet vibrant in color, and definitely goes with the tasty selection of food and drinks. For a beverage, I ordered The Smokey Cucumber (Blanco Tequila 100% Agave, Fresh Cucumber and Lime Juice, Egg white, Agave nectar, Chili infused Mezcal). I really liked this, the drink was smooth, with a refreshing crispness from the cucumber and lime, and followed by a little heat and smokiness from the chili and Mezcal. 


To start, we had their Guacamole (made to order with tortilla chips). You can choose your preferred level of spice, which I really liked. The chips had a great crunch, and went very well with the rich, creaminess of the guac.


For my entree, I ordered their Trio Taco De Atun (Seared sesame crusted tuna loin, white cabbage, chipotle aioli, lemon zest, served on corn tortilla). This was so good. The portion is really generous for such an affordable price, and the ingredients are fresh and abundant. I loved how substantial the rare tuna was, and how flavorful and delicious the whole dish was. 

The Shorts:
Location: 768 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, the food and drinks were great and the ambiance was very fun and charming.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. I recommend going for dinner on a night when they have some live music, it makes everything a bit more vibrant.


Char No. 4


What liquor screams “America” more than some American whiskey? So, over the 4th of July weekend, I had just that. One of the top places to go to enjoy some whiskey, is Char No. 4 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. 


Named after the charred new oak barrels, used for aging bourbon, Char No. 4 offers over 150 American whiskeys. 150! They also have a restaurant, focused on smoked meat and other American fare. 


But, I was here for the whiskey. So, I ordered one of their bourbon cocktails, Noreaster (Ginger beer, lime and maple syrup). If you’re not a real bourbon person, or the idea of whiskey intimidates you, this is a great drink to choose. It’s smooth and has a nice sweetness to it. The spice of the ginger, sweetness of the maple syrup, and the citrus of the lime work really well together. 

The Shorts:
Name: Char No. 4
Location: 196 Smith Street, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, I really love the ambiance and light fixtures, and the drinks are really nice. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, if you’re a whiskey enthusiast, this place is for you. And, even if you’re not, you’ll still like it.