Best Bar Food

Brennan's Colony

It's tempting to trot out the tired old "hidden gem" adage to describe the food at this vintage East Side tavern. Who would expect to discover sophisticated fare such as pan-seared grouper, blue-cheese spaetzle, or crab-crusted salmon lurking behind the facade of a bland-looking pub? But judging from the crowds who pack the joint on a daily basis, the secret of the Colony's food has been thoroughly outed. So let's forget all about the hidden-gem stuff and just proceed with the facts: For food quality and value, Brennan's Colony just might be the best deal in town.