bar scene

Maysville

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Overview:

Southern-inspired eats paired with a lengthy whiskey selection from a lofty backlit bar.

Information:

Address: 17 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

Phone:  (646) 490-8240

Neighborhood: Flatiron

Price: $$-$$$


 

Nobody is Perfect

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Overview:

Nobody's Perfect is the 3rd restaurant from the team behind 2 other neighborhood spots, Pardon My French and Chou Chou. This is a tough location, as it is the 5th restaurant in this space in 10 years. The current owners have done a magnificent job decorating the sprawling space and making it feel inviting in spite of its large size. The design is industrial chic with tons of decorative tile, hard wood and exposed brick. The menu is mainly Italian with signature dishes like whole roasted chicken and carbonara which arrives in a hollowed-out wheel of pecorino. Starters like calamari, meatballs and burrata are all under $14. They also serve a list of pizzas that come from their central wood fired oven. Bottomless brunch is served on weekends for $30 but be forewarned it's cash only. 

Information:

Address:  235 E 4th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (646) 869-1469

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$-$$$


 

Suprema Provisions

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Overview:

Oh man, if this place isn't just the cutest thing that ever happened to me. Suprema Provisions is part restaurant and part gourmet market with imported Italian ingredients, cookbooks and fancy kitchen tools. Grab cheese and cured meats to go from their salumeria or stay and dine in the wine bar. The rustic space is sprawling, encompassing two storefronts with entrances on both Bleecker and 7th Ave. The dine in menu is ample with  small plates and exemplary salumi & cheese boards. Savory dishes include Neapolitan meatballs, uni & crab fettuccine, and braised octopus with olives & polenta. The sleeper on the menu is their unbelievable burger consisting of short rib, brisket, iberico jamon, bacon jam, and black garlic sauce. This is the perfect spot for a date night or a leisurely lunch of charcuterie and wines chosen by sommelier Joshua Wesson.  

Information:

Address 305 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Phone: (646) 964-4994

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$ -$$$


 

Rosemary's


Overview:

Rosemary's has been a West Village staple for years and it shows zero sign of slowing down. The large, sun drenched corner restaurant is consistently packed with beautiful diners and bar goers for 3 meals/day. The bleached wood and white Christmas lights above are a lifestyle Instagram account dream. The Italian menu was built for sharing; full of the the best little bites. Graze on a selection of focaccia, samuli, cheeses and verdure (little antipasti) like chickpeas and eggplant caponata. You can select from 5 house made pastas including cavatelli and orecchiette and they even offer a gluten free option. Beer & wine only, good vibes all around. 

Information:

Address 18 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

Phone:  (212) 647-1818

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$ -$$$


 

Casa Apicii  


Overview:

Tucked inside a townhouse on residential 9th street lays a pretty magnificent surprise. You'd never guess that inside is a glamorous, chic restaurant with 2 story high ceilings, velvet gold chairs and towering chandeliers. The menu is seasonal, regional Italian cooking. The vegetable heavy antipasti section offers a lot to choose from like cauliflower with sicilian pesto, snap peas, and burrata. The star is the pasta and there are 7 options like fresh tagliatelle, bucatini, and strozzapreti. The surroundings are opulent but the food feels comforting. The second floor houses a hip speakeasy featuring aperitivo-based and classic cocktail recipes. I highly recommend you go to immediately.

Information:

Address: 62 W 9th St, New York, NY 10011

Phone:  (212) 353-8400

Neighborhood: Greenwich Village

Price: $$$


 

Ms. Yoo


Overview:

Ms. Yoo is a new club/restaurant from the owner of the always delicious Mokbar, Esther Choi. Choi named the place after her grandmother and the sleek space features a dining room, beautifully decorated bar, and large club space on the second level. The food is contemporary Korean gastropub fare. The snacks are addictive like nori popcorn, honey butter chips and squid fries. Choi makes an insanely gluttonous 10oz. burger smothered in kimchi bacon onion jam & american cheese. Finally, her take on mac & cheese is brilliant subbing out Korean rice cakes for noodles.  Portions are large and the food is heavy, so it's best to share as you make your way through their list of craft cocktails. 

Information:

Address: 163 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

Phone: (917) 261-2490

Neighborhood: Lower East Side   

Price: $$-$$$


 

Out East


Overview

Out East is a new venture from long time restaurant vet Anthony Serignese. The stylish, modern space is a true departure from what you'll typically find in the East Village. It is larger than anything else in the neighborhood, spanning multiple dining rooms, two floors, and two bars. Every element from the wall paper, to the flooring and the lights have been meticulously choreographed to reflect coastal culture. Like the interior, the menu is inspired by the ingredients of coastal New York. They offer tons of raw bar and beach fare including fluke ceviche, clam pizza, and a massive seafood tower with maine lobster, oysters, shrimp cocktail, littleneck clam salad & uni. Large entrees include heartier food like roasted chicken with aji amarillo and steak frites. Great place for groups and affordable enough to return often. 

Information:

Address: 509 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone:  (212) 509-5096

Neighborhood: Soho

Website: https://www.outeastnyc.com/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Empellon Al Pastor


Overview:

The Empellon group is the shit. All three totally distinct locations & concepts, all totally the shit. Al Pastor is the most casual of the bunch, decked out with floor-to-ceiling graffiti art the likes of which I will never be talented enough to reproduce. The tequila heavy cocktail menu comes with a great bar food menu to boot. Once serving just tacos, Alex Stupak has expanded his offering to include tons of alcohol friendly items. There is excellent shrimp ceviche, chicken wings with peanuts & salsa macha and baby back rib carnitas. Choose from 8 different taco varieties, the best of which is a cheeseburger taco. All this from a man who worked as a pastry chef previously for a decade; pretty amazing. 

Information:

Address:  132 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Phone:  (646) 833-7039

Neighborhood: East Village

Website: https://www.empellon.com/al-pastor/

Price: $-$$


 

The Cannibal Liquor House  


Overview

Cannibal Liquor House is a bar by the Cannibal team, located next door to the original restaurant. The atmosphere is casual & dark, with a large bar and plenty of seating. As the name would suggest, they offer an array of cocktails and an impressive menu of bar bites. The offerings are meat heavy but there is a surprising range of vegetable friendly dishes. There are tons of snacks to graze on like house made chips, everything pretzels, and onion rings all done very well. If you'd like something more substantial burrata, clams, and even octopus are available. The star is the sandwiches, most exciting of which is the towering fried green tomato "burger" that comes piled high with two patties, bacon, smoked aioli and goat cheese. It's a fun place for casual evening or happy hour specials. 

Information:

Address 111 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

Phone:  (212) 685-5585

Neighborhood: Nomad

Website: http://thecanniballiquorhouse.com/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Grand Banks

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Overview

Grand Banks is a seasonal venue open throughout the warmer months in NYC, stationed on the Hudson River. The ship was built in 1942 and has been restored beautifully, with a massive bar and plenty of table seating. This is permanently docked so you can board at any time but you will undoubtedly encounter a line of well dressed, beautiful people. The cocktails are "nautically inspired" using fresh squeezed juices & locally sourced produce. The menu focuses on seafood with an eye on seasonality and sustainability. Dishes are elevated takes on crudo, raw bar, scallops and soft shell crabs. The overflowing lobster rolls are not to be missed.  

Information:

Address Hudson River Park, Pier 25, New York, NY 10013

Phone:   (212) 660-6312

Neighborhood: Tribeca

Website: http://www.grandbanks.org/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Camacho's


Overview

Camacho's is a new Union Square bar from the team behind the always-packed hits The Ainsworth and Sidebar. The place is everything you want for a group - dark, loud, and full of tequila. The design is distinctly Mexican; full of day of the dead skulls and the ultra instagramable "tequila makes my clothes come off" neon sign. There is an ample menu of Mexican-eque nibbles to soak up the cocktails. You'll find obvious staples of guacamole, tostadas, cheese dusted corn, and assorted tacos. The show stopper is the massive Black Tap inspired chocolate milkshake with churros & cinnamon cookies. And you guessed it, even that can come spiked with tequila. 

Information:

Address118 E 15th St, New York, NY 10003

Phone:  (212) 677-6300

Neighborhood: Union Square   

Website : ht https://www.camachosnyc.com/

Price: $$

Attire: Casual

Good for: groups, birthdays, after work drinks, creative cocktails