Our Two Cents
They called this place “Simple” in a former life. Finally, new ownership has heeded that mantra and what 9th and Coles (9C) offers is a solid, friendly, warm, and gloriously attentive experience that passers-by and neighborhood denizens must not miss.
We decided to swing by on an early Sunday and opted to revisit the early millennium by taking a café table outside to have our food and drink. A draught Brooklyn Lager was ordered as well as a glass of cab. Both were served quickly, with no fuss, and in sparkling glassware. The house cabernet was rich and bore no metal tones. The Brooklyn Lager was well chilled, fresh, carbonated adequately, and all around delicious.
Not being Zagat or Gayot, we at JCBG usually don’t delve into food review, but in 9C’s case we must make an exception. Almost everything on their home-spun, uncluttered menu acts as a perfect complement to a great glass of wine or one of their choice brews. The macaroni and cheese is a fascinating display of melted-cheese-gossamer and a tasty pastiche of elbow macaroni, burned cheddar edges, and if you choose, chopped, fresh jalapeno or broccoli and bacon.
Finally, seating options are excellent and a welcome return to a place that has been laying dormant for far too long. The bar is long and inviting albeit a bit snug, as it shares its footprint with the main thoroughfare from kitchen to dining area. The elevated dining area is cozy and although by no means expansive, once you’re up there, you feel quite removed from the bar area. Sneak away down the steps for some emerald tinged convos in the quirky sunken area – booths, stools, and chairs abound. Our favorite portion of the establishment is still the outside with its wrought iron railings and welded-on tables and chairs. What’s puzzing us though is that for some reason, the outdoors seems to be even roomier than we recalled.