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Brothers Eric and Bruce Bromberg are continuing to increase the size of the Blue Ribbon empire. Their latest addition, Blue Ribbon Bar, is an intimate spot with only about 20 seats, but the wine list is extensive, even offering a variety of flights. Given the proximity to Blue Ribbon Bakery and Blue Ribbon Market, it should come as no suprise that the menu has a section dedicated to "toasts," featuring pates, cheeses, and hand-churned butter, the latter paired with sea salt or cinnamon sugar. The remainder of the menu is filled out with snacks, small plates, and seafood, including nightly specials and a unique cocktail list. Service is friendly and courteous, but space is tight; we'd advise a visit on off hours for a more relaxing experience.

Blue Ribbon Bar
34 Downing St., near Bedford St.
212-691-0404