At first glance, Berlin looks like a simple (albeit chic) coffee shop. And while coffee is a big part of their identity, the bistro-style cafe boasts an extensive seven-page menu that carries patrons from breakfast all the way through to dinner and drinks. Chef Michelle Murufas’s seasonal selections are made from local ingredients; by day, diners can order a Mykonos omelet with artichoke hearts and feta, and for dinner, linger over shrimp and mango quesadillas or yellow chicken curry. Beyond the fresh-brewed illy coffee, servers also pour wines such as an oak-aged pinot noir and craft beers including Iceland’s Einstock White Ale. In a handsome dining room built from reclaimed brick and wood, musicians strum live music while surrounded by local artwork.
The Village Grind planted its roots in the East Village Arts District in 2002 as a place for locals to meet, surf free WiFi, kick back with a book, or kick the back of one another’s chairs and laugh. For the past decade, aromas of hand-brewed coffee, such as the Latin Spice mocha, have mingled with those of sizzling bacon and fresh bagels inside the cozy café. Aspiring and established artists alike showcase their work on the shop’s walls, and on the fourth Sunday of each month, groups gather for a free movie night. Open-mic events liven up Thursday evenings, and every weekday, the shop opens at 6 a.m.:m]]
Soft lighting and tastefully modern music welcome guests to The Wine Bar, a comfortable library of libation where patrons pleasurably peruse wines, beers, and shrunken plates. Twenty-two wines from around the world gather to test tongues with grapey glugs of Fat Cat's 2008 pinot grigio and Parone's Chilean syrah (all bottles are $30). The Wine Bar's one score and five beers include a multitude of bottled options, such as North Coast Brewing Co.'s Old Rasputin—a cassock-black, Russian-style stout infused with complex flavors, 75 IBUs, 9% ABV, and imperviousness to bullets ($6)—or drafts such as Paulaner's German hefeweizen. Because the stomach cannot digest liquid without accompanying solids, customers can snack on assorted cheeses with olives and crackers ($10) or traditional hummus with a heated pita ($8).
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular offering: Apple butter crunchies
Pro Tip: Our homemade gourmet treats are made with all-natural, human-grade ingredients.
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Long Beach Sportsfishing's experienced captains cater to anglers looking for a bit of a challenge. In addition to prey such as white fish and calico bass, they also target tougher creatures, such as the toothy, notoriously ill-tempered barracuda. To aid in the hunt, they manage a fleet of five charter-ready vessels. This includes the Eldorado, which takes passengers on overnight trips into the scenic waters of Catalina Island on quests to fill its coolers and round out its fish counts and the Native Sun, which focuses on the local waters of the Southern California coastline. Free parking is available directly adjacent to the dock.
The Wine Crush tantalizes palates with a collection of more than 500 boutique wines gathered from around the globe. During a tasting, couples can cozy up while clinking glasses graced by liquid manifestations of red, white, and rose. The Wine Crush pours a smattering of small-production grape nectars between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and every tasting gives guests the chance to taste at least five varieties.