In the kitchen of The Chubby Pickle, cooks whip up homemade specials and prepares Angus short rib patties to serve between brioche buns. As they consume jumbo party wings, patrons can cheer on athletes in football games or pay-per-view UFC fights shown on high-definition TVs mounted on the pickle-green walls. Behind the full bar, staff members fill pint glasses with domestic and imported brews and shake up cocktails against a musical backdrop of karaoke or live music. On mild evenings, the outdoor patio?which has its own set of flat-screen TVs?plays host to themed events and parties.
Park East calls itself "the ultimate expression of what a high-end casual restaurant should be," and that delicate balance between refinement and spontaneity can be seen throughout the menu. A hybrid of contemporary American, delicate Japanese, and old-fashioned bar food, the kitchen might prepare anything from a cheeseburger topped with chipotle-tomato jam and house onion rings to innovative sushi rolls that might be made with ingredients ranging from strip steak to strawberries. On Sunday mornings, the brunch menu features such delicacies as lobster fried rice, bacon-infused pancakes, and a cheese-stuffed waffle soaked in bourbon syrup. It all happens in a massive dining room that somehow retains an intimate lounge feel, with a hard-partying sports bar right next door.
Dugout Pub South tempts appetites with slow-cooked, smoked ribs, thin crust pizzas crowned with clams or deep-fried calamari, and more than 25 burgers made with 8-ounce Angus beef patties and toppings such as blue cheese, banana peppers, and house-made chili. Inside the dining area, four dartboards, a shuffleboard table, and flat-screen TVs entertain patrons sipping libations from the full bar, which features 20 different brews on tap. Live entertainment includes DJs, bands, karaoke, and wandering minstrels, tickling the ears of customers in the dining area or outside on the tiki deck.
Bagel Schmagel’s bakers combine fresh ingredients to create nine types of Old World–style bagels and more than a dozen handcrafted cream cheeses. A commitment to freshness and quality guides the bakery's foodsmiths, ensuring that each batch of bagels emerges from the kettle with a glistening, thin crust and a warm, spongy interior reminiscent of the Doughboy's spleen. The roster of eats also includes baked goods, salads, sandwiches, and specials, which are denoted on chalkboards. A blue-and-gray-striped awning denotes arrival at the bakery, shading floor-to-ceiling windows and a dining room with lox-colored walls.
200 Fifth might as well be two different venues—the establishment bills itself as a restaurant and sports bar and maintains two distinct spaces, with one devoted to upscale dining and the other to boisterous game watching. In the restaurant, linen-dressed tables invite patrons to dine from a menu that integrates American and international dishes. Chicken arrives fried or prepared francese, and Angus steaks from a local butcher pair with roasted veggies. A selection of seafood entrees includes pan-seared salmon and trout du jour prepared in one of the chef’s specialty styles. Over in the bar, a more casual pub fare menu focuses on braised ribs and chicken wings in one of six sauces. Bartenders siphon suds from one of 40 taps, which include brews from Smuttynose and Six Point. More than 100 televisions broadcast nearly any sport; throughout the year, the bar subscribes to different sports packages and broadcasts fights from premium cable or pay-per-view
It seems as though there's a new tour bus parked outside The Rock Shop every day, complete with drummers dressed in skinny pants and scruffy bassists unloading equipment and lucky tree stumps. The bar's ground-floor stage plays host to a packed schedule of local and internationally renowned bands, from folksy singer-songwriters to power-pop bands. Audience members shuffle across the swirly red dance floor, sipping frosty brews beneath colorful lights. The scene is a little quieter upstairs, where a jukebox hums with tunes and friends gather at the pool table. Others munch on burgers and fries, their gazes craned upward toward the sports games that glimmer on numerous flat screens. Up on the rooftop deck, a grill sizzles with meats and guests lounge on wooden blue benches.