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New York, New York
October 14, 2009
From journal A Running List of New York Restaurants
by Mr. Wonka
Brooklyn, New York
October 12, 2003
Though an hour wait on the weekends can be the norm, we landed a table right away on a weeknight. The staff is surprisingly dressed in unassuming plain, grey t-shirts emblazoned with Schiller’s, and our server promptly stopped by with a basket of bread and butter. For whatever reason, that girl loved us. Well, ok, maybe it was our cunning sense of humor, impeccable fashion taste, and natural good looks that did it.
Either way, we ordered a full carafe of wine to start. Their selection of wines is fantastic–you can choose from three categories: cheap, good, and decent, ranging in price from $12 - $17 per carafe. I never knew five dollars could make such a big difference when it comes to wine.
The old black and white subway tiles on the floor seemed perfect for Schiller’s, as were the randomly numbered empty bottles lining the walls near the ceiling. A slightly cheesy blend of world rock gave us something to laugh about (like we needed help), and a cigarette bar looms near the serving bar, ominously whispering to you, "c’mon, you know you want one after you eat." There’s also a margarita and donut (yes, donut!) machine.
We went with a tapas like appetizer, choosing three of Schiller’s small plates for $11–roasted peppers, marinated olives, and spicy chick peas. These were all lovely to snack on over our second carafe of wine (which our waitress kept pouring for us). Being a vegetarian who doesn’t eat seafood, there wasn’t an abundance of entrees to choose from, but still, the Penne and Tomato with mozzarella and basil ($11) was fine by me. My famished and slightly drunk counterpart picked Grilled Salmon ($14).
Everything was lovely. The pasta wasn’t heavy, and the salmon seemed to disappear in one minute flat. With a third (or was it fourth?) carafe on the way, we capped the meal off with crème brûlée ($6)–the sugar on top was flawlessly torched, as if Schiller's enlisted a master welder just for this sweet touch.
To top it all off, our bill was comped a carafe or two, so of course a good part of that all ready allotted money went straight to the tip. Schiller’s Liquor Bar is well on its way to following in its sibling’s successful footsteps.
From journal A Week at Home in NYC