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.
A hangover from the days when Inwood was a largely Irish neighborhood, Piper’s Kilt is a classic Irish drinker. The bar opens at 11 a.m. and serves casual pub fare and predictable pints of Guinness all day. One of the hefty Kilt Burgers are a popular bet for soaking up the night’s booze supply, though less heavy salads and pastas make for workable alternatives. Wines can be ordered by the glass, and draft beers span local, regional and international influences. Vintage black and white sports photography hangs on the green walls near most of the wide booths, while the bar itself is long and worn after more than two decades of service. You don’t have to be Irish to hang out here, but the bartender certainly is; just show up any night, particularly on Saturdays evenings when live music takes over part of the space.
Although New Yorkers have no problem singing out in the streets, many still prefer to reserve a private room at one of the city’s many karaoke bars. In Chinatown, Inhabit Karaoke Lounge takes up more than 5,000 square feet on the third floor of a five-story residential building that also – somewhat quixotically – houses a preschool. The space itself is divided up into eight suites of different sizes, with the largest able to accommodate up to 35 people. Each room comes fully equipped with 42”+ LCD monitors, L.E.D. and disco mood lighting, alongside the expected touch-screen operated database of 120,000 songs in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Japanese. If you need help reaching your inner Beyoncé, order cocktails by the pitcher.
The sounds of the Pacific Ocean’s waves crashing can’t be heard in Sabor Latino’s kitchen, unlike on the shores of Ecuador, but the eatery’s chefs don’t seem to notice. They continue to prepare and plate Ecuadorian dishes as if they were in Ecuador, whether cooking bowls of hen soup, black-clam ceviche, slow-roasted pig, or stew with tripe, rice, fried plantains, and avocado. Specialty drinks and rich desserts round out the menu, with sweets such as flan or figs served with cheese.
MK Karaoke is a new state-of-the-art karaoke lounge located on West 32nd Street in the heart of New York City's KoreaTown. It features 10 private rooms with the latest Karaoke entertainment equipment and extensive library of over 100,000 Korean, English, and Chinese songs.