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.
Located in the heart of White Plains, The Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House has been a downtown institution since opening in 1994. Domestic and international craft beers, bottled brews and over 40 drafts on tap comprise arguably the best beer list in Westchester County. Enjoy a chilled pint with award-winning bar fare of timeless American favorites like burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. On Wednesday and Friday nights, this place comes alive with live gigs by local talent.
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.
Food and beer is served at Wee Willie's in a fun ambiance of TV screens showing live sports, and a number of events lined up all the time. The menu is made of delicious appetizers such as buffalo and chicken wings, followed by the mains like burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and quesadillas. Check out their website for details about live events and Facebook page for photographs.
Unassuming from the outside, Cigar Emporium is a nostalgic cigar lounge on the inside. Its decor features vintage chandeliers, charming accents and a wall clock on the carved tile wall. Guests can select from an array of branded hand-rolled cigars from luxury labels like Alec Bradley, Jamie Garcia, Gurkha, Casa Magna, Ashton and San Cristobal. Also on offer are paraphernalia like humidors, hookah, tobacco and lighters, as well as instructions and other services. Their television sets broadcast live sporting action through the year and hosts private barbecues and parties as well.
Rutt's Hut down by the Passaic river is a great local spot for some delicious hot dogs served with a deep-fried twist. Something of a Clifton institution, the restaurant has been around since the 1920s, clogging the arteries of passerby's with their all-too-delicious dogs. Regulars will tell you to order the classic "rippers" and you should listen! Served plain, diners can help themselves to either mustard or their famous relish to accompany their hot dog. With a separate bar area and a dining section, this divey joint welcomes an eclectic crowd who stop by to enjoy a crunchy, savory, fast food snack.
Live the life of an Irish bloke at the Blarney Station Pub. This typical pub also doubles up as a sports bar, featuring as many as seven television sets that showcases the latest American sports action. Its Irish ambiance is upheld by live music on Thursdays and bagpipe bands everyday. As for the food, The Blarney Station Pub's menu comprises a blend of Irish and American food like fish and chips, steaks and sandwiches.