In 1986, sibling owners Maguy and Gilbert Le Coze opened Le Bernardin in New York after finding phenomenal success with their flagship restaurant in Paris, established in 1972. The duo won numerous accolades at the helm of this culinary destination, and it has continued to thrive under Chef Éric Ripert, named executive chef in 1994. Seafood has been the inspiration behind the menu at Le Bernardin since its conception. The tasting menu takes diners through courses filled with delicacies like Osetra caviar, Dungeness crab, Lobster Tail, and Black Bass. Patrons can also enjoy delectable small plates and handcrafted cocktails from the lounge if they wish to do so.
For those who crave for a little IPA with their Donkey Kong, Barcade just might be the place. The lovingly designed space combines hand-crafted pub furnishings with several truckloads of classic arcade games. Draft craft brews are the specialty of the house featuring East Coast heavy hitters like Peekskill and West Coast humdingers like Lagunitas, but there is also a full bar. So whether you like a shot of Jim Beam before a round of Centipede or a goblet of Belgian-style strong ale to accompany a rousing Ms Pac-Man tournament, Barcade can probably accommodate you. See website for frequently updated draft list, special event announcements, Happy Hour info and more.
PDT (which stands for Please Don't Tell) is a "secret" bar on St. Mark's Place. A call from a phone booth in Crif Dogs (the adjacent restaurant) is the only way to get in. Once accepted, a secret door opens up in the phone booth, leading to PDT. It's not much of a secret anymore though, because the club is hugely popular. Once inside, you'll find a crowded bar area steeped in darkness. The inventive cocktail selection is superb and a major draw. If you're hungry you can also order from the Crif Dogs food menu, which gets delivered to the club via a small pass. A visit to PDT is quite an interesting experience indeed.
Le Bain is popular both amongst regular party-goers as well as celebrities, with its unique interior design making lounging both luxurious and fun. Le Bain, which translates to "bath" in French, is also popularly known for the plunge pool located on the dance floor during the summertime. Although extremely exclusive and often requiring invites to get in, those who manage to enter are rewarded with a beautiful view of the city from the rooftop and excellent service from professional bartenders mixing up great cocktails and concoctions.
This upscale sports bar-styled nightclub offers patrons a classy place to enjoy the finer things in life, most notably cigars, drinks and sports. Comfortable leather couches, large high definition screens and a selection of sports memorabilia give the 40/40 Club an inviting environment. For the true sports fan, keep an ear to the bar to find out about exclusive events like signings and personal appearances by the creme de la creme of the sports world, including Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Jose Canseco.
Apothèke is one of the many "speakeasy" type bars found throughout Manhattan. This sanctuary located on this hidden alley in New York's Chinatown has plenty of old-fashion panache, though the drinks may be a bit on the pricey side. The bar replicates an old-world apothecary, proudly displaying antique medicine bottles and old-fashioned chemistry equipment. This bar is manned by expert bartenders who sport white lab coats and dispense alcoholic "prescriptions" (as they call them) like the Mata Hari, Femme Fatale and Dr. Ruth, which are created with the Apothèke's house-blended absinthe and other elixirs.
Easy to locate, New Park Tavern is a pub bar that looks like a wooden-cabin from outside. Inside is the place where the fun starts. Dimly-lit bar has wood-like walls with number of photo frames and real wood tables and chairs. They pour in large quantity of beer in your glass and don't charge a lot. The burgers they serve here are one of the best burgers available in New Jersey. The jukebox song selection of songs makes the entire environment casual and exciting. Special patio seating is also available for you to enjoy your food, drinks, talks or smokes.
Located in a cultural and entertainment hub, PJ Ryan's Squared is a wonderful new addition to its history. With a decor that will remind you of the charm of an Irish Pub, it is a good place for lovers of sports, live music, and good food. An intimate stage for dancing and the U-shaped bar are both bathed in light by 2320 LED bulbs. Sports fan will love the 23 TVs hanging throughout the venue. Irish-American bar bites such as shepherd's pie and fish and chips feature alongside chicken wings and burgers on the food menu, while the drinks one features 30 beers with 18 on tap, 40 whiskeys, and some alcohol-free options.
Located next to the Jersey City Theater Center, Cellar 335 on Newark Street offers a progressive dining experience. The restaurant is known for its exceptional array of small plates, which subtly combine American and Asian flavors. If the unconventional yet innovative menu confuses you, go for the Artic Char Tataki, Crispy Duroc Fries, or the Drunken Veggie Noodle - a few of Cellar 335's recommended dishes. The artisanal Tiki-style cocktails from the bar are a must-try here.