Best Restaurant Bar Scene - 2009
Bella - CLOSED
The new-ish Quadrangle space has three key things going for it. First is location, obviously. Second is their no-reservations policy, forcing incoming guests to loiter around the bar until other diners clear out. Finally—and most important—owners Robert Petrie (not the one played by Dick Van Dyke) and Tony Porcaro, who once held sway at Nick & Sam's. Many steakhouse bar patrons seem to have come along with the pair, as weekend evenings are a mix of dinner guests, well-heeled gents, top-heavy babes and, um, professional women. It's Nick & Sam's, only with more light and a smaller age gap.