1350 E. Tropicana Ave.bet. Eastern Ave. & Maryland Pkwy.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Exceptional beer selection. Pleasant atmosphere. Mixed crowd: from suits to enthusiatic, juvenile jocks. Limited menu, but authentic, British Pub food. Portions are tasty and generous. Prices are much more reasonable than comparable servings on the strip.
202 Seventh Ave.bet. 21st & 22nd Sts.
Manhattan, NY 10011
A delightful find, though easy to overlook, Fillip's is a French restaurant on 7th Avenue. It's in welcome contrast to its loud and overcrowded restaurant neighbors in the same block between 20th and 21st Streets. The pre-theater (served 5:30 to 8:00) three course meal is a rare value. And on Wednesday wine pairings for the meal are available for an additional $11.00 per person - a great bargain. The service is attentive and friendly without being invasive.
Owner and chef, and native Nicaraguan, Joseph Maher, has a clear vision of what he wants in his restaurant and his commitment to that vision is uncompromising. The bar is welcoming and cozy and cleverly separate from the small dining room where Maher has ensured that his guests will never be crowded together by the way he has arranged the tables. The tastefully decorated dining room is a fitting setting for the exceptional food that his kitchen prepares. Beginning with fresh ingredients and provisions ordered from signature specialty farms, all of his dishes pleased and entertained our party with their appearances, textures, and most of all, their flavors. Based on the wine Maher selected to accompany my entre, I suspect his cellar is exceptional; the after dinner port was.
What great fun, and not only a taste of local seafood, a taste of the neighborhood as well. The sampler platter for two includes plenty of steamed oysters, clams, mussels, shrimp, crab, and a pitcher of beer. Don’t wear your best clothes and expect the experience to be messy. The food is not exceptional, but the experience is.