Last week, I met my friend Julie and her husband Jason for drinks. Julie is the immensely talented designer of her eponymous line Julie Haus. I love her designs, particularly a flutter top that makes me feel real pretty every time I wear it. But mostly, I just love her. She’s a down-to-earth Texan with a penchant for margaritas and an affection for fishing (with a thermos full of margarita).
We met on a quiet Tuesday at Smith and Mills, a candlelit, vintage-inspired sliver of a bar in Tribeca. I like the atmosphere- this former carriage house feels as old as the cobblestone street it sits on, thanks to the sexy yet precise flea-market chic interior. The service is friendly. The drinks are classic and straightforward: their Manhattan and the Americano are two of my favorites. However, the drinks are not cheap, and I feel obliged to note that this place is cash only.
There is food- a limited menu that appears to be produced out of a corner of the bar with a convection oven (I don’t know if this is true). I’ve seen great food produced out of small places in New York, but this was impressive. We had steamed clams in a garlicky broth, a macaroni and cheese with bacon, clam chowder, and bread pudding for dessert. All were great. But the best part was the company- we sat at our little corner table for hours, letting the conversation, food and drink (oh, the drinks) flow freely.
Julie and Jason- thanks for keeping me out past curfew. Next time drinks are on me.
Julie Haus: check out her awesome collection on her excellent website.