BBQ Ribs & Board Games: Blue Ribbon’s Beer Garden Opens Today In LES

Could it be? A beer garden is now open that offers baby back ribs, cornbread, ping-pong, and board games – and it’s in Manhattan?  Dreams come true, and its the lauded Blue Ribbon team who’s making it happen with tonight’s grand opening of Blue Ribbon’s Beer Garden, right outside the Thompson LES. Just shimmy through the Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya to the terrace, and you’ve arrived. 

The same folks who’ve brought us truffle honey sauce-dipped fried chicken & bone marrow at 2am are expanding their deliciousness repertoire with Americana summertime BBQ-inspired dishes, Belgium and Brooklyn beers, and carafes of wine. All the BBQ hen, black-eyed pea salads, coleslaw, grilled veggies, and boiled peanuts will trick you into thinking you’re in Mississippi, on a patio somewhere near a sprawling plantation. But don’t feel fooled. You’re in NY, kid. And you better love it.

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London Preview: Belgraves, a Thompson Hotel

With Jason Pomeranc’s Thompson brand having conquered virtually every corner of America, London seemed truly inevitable for one of the prime purveyors of post-Millennial chic. Belgraves, a Thompson Hotel in Blighty’s capital makes an appropriate home in trendy Belgravia, with posh Knightsbridge and Mayfair just around the corner.

Interiors by venerable designer Tara Bernerd convey a mid-century cool and rooms have prodigious windows framing the surrounding views. Celeb chef and Great British Menu star Mark Hix heads up the hotel’s not-mysteriously-monikered Hix Belgravia, as well as a new outpost of his hip Soho imbibing den Mark’s Bar. A distinctly English touch comes by way of the art-adorned cigar garden. Opens February 1st.

Los Angeles Opening: Caulfield’s at the Thompson Beverly Hills

Though this writer confesses he’d always found Holden Caulfield a distinctly insufferable character, there’s little denying the resonance of J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye with the last few generations of disaffected souls. And the Thompson Beverly Hills’ new restaurant pays reverent tribute to that legacy.

Caulfield’s is an appropriately unflashy place, with dark leather banquets, a mahogany bar, deco lighting fixtures and an almost tavern-like vibe. Cody Diegel’s menu goes heavy on nostalgic Americana—think steak, burgers, and, um peanut butter cups. A compelling, Algonquin inspired mural depicts 1950’s glit-lits like Dorothy Parker, Arthur Miller and Jack Kerouac. With The Writers Room having just opened in West Hollywood, LA seems to be suddenly keen on nurturing its literary side. We approve.