If it’s not clear from its name, MoonShine Modern Supper Club is an amalgamation of concepts. This is also demonstrated in its dark walls and bright paintings of pink birds and horses, and its menu that takes comfort-food classics and adds a spin of sophistication. Appetizers of truffle gnocchi with meatballs bathe in sherry-cream sauce, and the duck egg and hash is served with duck confit, peppers, and onions. Cooks put a twist on classic ravioli, filling it with sheep-milk ricotta and piling on hazelnuts, brown butter, and a pear puree, and they dress roasted atlantic salmon in cilantro-basil pesto and chorizo. A restaurant called MoonShine wouldn’t be complete without its share of housemade beverages, and double-certified sommelier and mixologist Joe San Philip delivers. His take on the manhattan combines white whiskey with Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, cherry bitters, and a cherry garnish. The Winter Moonshine Punch takes cranberry-infused Midnight Moonshine and adds cinnamon-infused rye whiskey, amaretto, pomegranate juice, and walnut bitters.
At Bar Majestic, live music can often be heard bouncing off the backdrop of darkly lit wood, shimmery walls, and wine racks so well stocked the place resembles a chateau wine cellar in the heart of Spain's countryside. Small, sharable portions of fresh tapas dance across tables and decorate the menu. Nibble decadent meats and cheeses, or bite bruschette such as spinach pesto, prosciutto, or mushroom tapenade ($3 each, $7 for three, $12 for five). Piping hot paninis pummel stubborn stomachs with comestibles including turkey breast, brie, romaine, and aioli ($8) or eggplant, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and balsamic ($9).
Stop by Kips Bay's Lallisse Mediterranean Wine and Food for a satisfying Mediterranean meal. No need to miss out on Lallisse Mediterranean Wine and Food just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has tons of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here. Make those early evening hours happy ones and swing by for some discounted food and drink deals after work. Lallisse Mediterranean Wine and Food can easily accommodate large groups or parties. Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
If you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, don't get stuck in line with the rest of the crowds — reservations are accepted. Casual dining at its best, Lallisse Mediterranean Wine and Food customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt. Homebodies can take advantage of Lallisse Mediterranean Wine and Food's delivery and take-out options.
Drivers can leave their vehicles in the many street-side spaces. Or, for busier nights, garage parking is also nearby. Hop on public transit if driving's not your speed; accessible stops include 33 St. (4, 6, 6X), 28 St. (4, 6, 6X), and 23 St. (4, 6, 6X).
Your bill at Lallisse Mediterranean Wine and Food will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang! Brunch is the house specialty at Lallisse Mediterranean Wine and Food, though you can also stop by for lunch and dinner.
Spherical lights seem to drift in smooth bubbly spirals up toward the ceiling of Fl?te Bar & Lounge?s Gramercy location. Conversation bursts effervescently off walls and artwork in a palette of ros? pinks and prosecco tans. Myriad champagnes and sparkling wines, including Perrier-Jou?t gran brut and a range of cavas, form lacelike crowns of bubbles in an atmosphere that aims to blend the French art de vivre aesthetic with a dash of NYC nightclub. Patrons can select single flutes or bottles, or they can sample several flights that showcase different grapes, a single producer, or the patience of a waitress willing to help you pick out all the bubbles. Cocktails lean heavily on sparkling wines and include bellinis, a blend of prosecco and fruit puree, which pair nicely with small plates of cheese and fruit or foie gras terrine.
Fl?te now operates locations in Midtown, Gramercy, and Paris. In Midtown, visitors descend a short flight of stairs before sinking into intimate booths or plush benches. The original Midtown location celebrates its speakeasy roots with fiery jazz nights every Saturday, complete with performers and guests alike dressed in period apparel.
Yes, there is such a thing as the American Cheese Society. What’s more, it’s an honor of the highest degree to be named a member of that society’s inaugural class of Certified Cheese Professionals. Fromager Dimitri Saad counts himself among that prestigious group, and one trip to Casellula Cheese & Wine Café is enough to see why. Saad has curated a menu of more than 40 cheeses from around the world. The menu is divided into five sections: fresh, bloomy, washed, pressed/cooked, and blue. Cheese isn’t all that Casellula has going for it. Proprietor and wine director Brian Keyser has carefully designed a wine list to accompany the cheese and food menus, the latter of which focuses on contemporary American cuisine. In another wine bar, this focus on gourmet food and drink might come with more than a hint of pretension. Not here—Casellula welcomes guests to dress casually and order in Pig Latin for all they care.
For pasta with a twist, try Luca Bar, a stylish spot for Italian cuisine. Low-fat eaters will need to take care, however, since the menu does not feature any skimmed down fare. Ready for a drink to unwind? At Luca Bar, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar. Eat out with the little ones at Luca Bar, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter. Take advantage of great beer and tasty bites when you stop by for happy hour. Get your whole crew together at Luca Bar, offering lots of special space for larger parties. You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Weekends can get packed, so take advantage of the restaurant's reservations. Can't get enough of Luca Bar's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the restaurant's Saint Marks Pl location offers nearby street parking.
You'll find your bill at Luca Bar to be more than reasonable, with most meals costing less than $15. Don't leave the dollar bills at home — you'll need cash at Luca Bar. Luca Bar has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.