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Tried Amor y Amargo last night (Friday). Yes, it's very small, and I'm glad I was there early when it wasn't crowded. It's a narrow space with only about 6, 7? (not sure exactly how many) seats at the bar plus standing room. I got there soon after it opened at 5pm, and I thought I was too early, but by 5:20pm, the bar seats were all taken and a couple of people were standing. I enjoyed the Diamonds and Guns (going by the menu online: Atsby Armadillo Cake vermouth, chartreuse, genever, white rum, celery bitters). Boozy but balanced so you weren't overwhelmed. Based on the menu, the cocktails seem to be pretty strong in alcohol so I only had one cocktail (pacing myself because I was going to Booker and Dax and Pouring Ribbons next
If you go, get take out, and have it with a beer and a Jameson at HiFi a couple blocks away. Good people. Good bar.
Empire Biscuit is located at 198 Avenue A (between 12th and 13th St) and opened relatively recently. I went there last night and had a biscuit with sausage gravy and a spiced fried chicken biscuit (with pickled carrots and sauce a l'orange). To my surprise, the sausage and gravy biscuit was served as a sandwich. A sliced biscuit with ground sausage and gravy in between and inserted in a paper pocket. The biscuit was fine with a crunchy bottom. I prefer my biscuits and gravy to be served on a plate with enough gravy to soak the biscuit, which wasn't the case here. Besides that, no complaints about the sausage gravy, but the sausage gravy wasn't exceptional either. The spiced fried chicken biscuit was also served in a paper pocket. I didn't find the spiced fried chicken to be "spiced," and I thought both the breading and the chicken really needed salt. The pickled carrots and orange sauce didn't add enough flavor to offset the blandness of the chicken. They seem to be pretty popular.