by Julie Besonen, 11/20/2012
Photo: Clayton Cotterell
Tiny's & The Bar Upstairs
135 West Broadway, 212-374-1135, TriBeCa, Manhattan
This pink, weather-beaten 1810 town house, dwarfed by the tall buildings surrounding it, speaks of New York history. Give thanks to the owners over the generations who have fought for it to survive. The pressed-tin ceilings, American flags and mismatched furnishings are as heartwarming as chestnuts roasting on an open fire. That said, Tiny's is not fuddy-duddy in the least. Stylish entrepreneur Matt Abramcyk (Smith & Mills) is behind it, which means cocktails are a focal point, especially in the straightforwardly named Bar Upstairs. The New American menu includes turkey chili with roasted poblanos, grilled hanger steak with crunchy potatoes and pan-seared scallops with roasted tomato coulis and braised ham.