Though the '80s album covers lining the rustic, wooden walls of Mo's Bar beckon guests down memory lane, the aroma of Southern-inspired cuisine and the revelry of weekly events keep patrons affixed to the present. Candlelight illuminates the two-level establishment as patrons feast upon shrimp po’boys with original sauce, handmade corn chips, and beef burgers infused with blue cheese. Over the weekend, Mo’s culinary team adds its own spin to brunch with entrees such as organic eggs and french toast topped with caramelized banana.
In between bites, visitors can monitor the latest sports scores that flash across four large-screen televisions throughout the bar. Mo’s also hosts numerous events, including DJ nights, karaoke, a monthly burlesque show, and open-mic nights, during which engineers break open a microphone and explain all its parts.
River mixes a sports-bar atmosphere with classed-up bar and grill fare. Starters such as lobster sliders ($12) and warm bruschetta served on toasted baguette ($8) warm up mouth muscles before engaging in heartier handhelds, such as the veggie wrap ($9) stuffed with mixed vegetables, the pizza burger ($10), or the decadent Kobe-beef burger ($15). A modest menu of hot dogs includes the standards, such as the classic Coney ($10), and more inventive options, such as the Dorito-topped dog ($9), which consolidates two sporting-event eats into one easily consumed package.
From the steamy dry ice-like fountain that greets customers at the entrance to the cavernous interior beyond, this pan-Asian restaurant in Greenwich Village oozes a pleasant gaudiness. Decked out with red velvet curtains, red paper lanterns, a back-lit dragon’s head, glowing blue Japanese-style walls and a curved piano-shaped bar, Apple Restaurant and Bom Bar creates a fun, warm ambiance appreciated by the many NYU students who often fill the tables. The menu is also an attraction, including a wide range of Asian dishes like tuna mango spring rolls, fried Vietnamese dumplings, beef sate and sautéed lemongrass with shrimp, while many vegetarian dishes are also available. The private room in the back, the Red Den, is fully equipped for private karaoke sessions.
The sound and warmth of a crackling wood-fired grill drape across Leña's sleek, honey-hued wooden floors and circular tables. As the early-morning sun creeps across rough-hewn walls and racks of kindling, crispy potato and beef empanadas rest beside cool glasses of mango, pineapple, and honeydew juices. Chefs begin with a blank canvas during lunch and dinner, giving diners the choice to adorn plates with Latin-inspired chicken, steak, or fish heated by crimson fingers of flame. A septet of sauces calls upon flavors such as blue cheese and smoked chipotle while drawing nervous glances from collectors of rare napkins, and 10 additions, such as avocado and coconut rice, add healthy accents to feasts.
Amateur singers of all skill levels grab microphones and belt out show-stopping tunes on the stage at Keats, entertaining friends and bar patrons alike. A line of performers forms seven nights each week, and, according to staff, it has sometimes included celebrities such as Vanessa Carlton and Nick Lachey as well as cocker spaniels dressed in trench coats. At the bar, the sounds of live karaoke mingle with the clinking of pint glasses as servers arrive with plates of fish 'n' chips, burgers, and spicy buffalo wings.