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.
Trendy and lively, Coda Kitchen & Bar provides food and drinks. The warm hospitality adds on to the dishes they serve. The decor has a dfinite arisitic touch with walls in shades of white, red couches and bright lights. Truffle fries, fried calamari, angus beef and many more items await you here. They have an extensive list of wines, cocktails and taps to choose from as well. Whether its dinner with your family or a dinner party. Coda Kitchen & Bar will add to up to your occasion. Come to enjoy the food that looks and tastes good.
For a tantalizing French fare while in Maplewood, visit Verjus Restaurant. Established in 2001, this restaurant has earned itself a reputation of being one of the best in Maplewood. The restaurant boasts of a menu comprising of French cuisine that blends with American cooking traditions. Furnished in wood with exquisite artworks adorning its walls, Verjus offers its guests an elegant ambiance to dine in. Be ready to try out something new, as the chefs enjoy surprising their guests with a refreshing menu every season. Those not in the mood for a grub, can relax at the bar and select from their extensive collection of french and American wines, beers and scotch.
As the only brew pub in all of South Orange, the Gaslight Brewery has perfected their craft brews. The brewery offers close to 15 different beers in rotation of their eight tap lines throughout the week. The pub grub is served in heaping portions with guilt-inducing options like nachos, barbecue quesadillas, pizza, pasta and more. The bar also offers shuffleboard and large screen televisions to keep patrons entertained and in the loop with their favorite teams.
Hat City Kitchen is a neighborhood restaurant where you can eat, drink and be merry till late hours of night. The restaurant is housed in one of the oldest structures of the city. Their menu offers a delectable blend of Cajun and Creole cuisine with modern American flavors. Do try out the Jambalaya, a popular New Orleans dish. Their list of live musicians can cater to different tastes, ranging across acoustic, jazz, rock, funk, blues and more. The artists are talented local musicians who have worked with renowned names.