Inside The Snug Tavern & Grille, guests can relax after an entertaining day on City Island with a plate full of comforting British pub fare that, like the dreams of a British fisherman, focus on the piscine. The menu includes classic fried options such as baskets of crispy fish and chips, as well as familiar seafood dishes such as fried calamari. Clients can soak in the pub atmosphere with small munchables and a quick pint between outdoorsy activities, or opt for a longer stint by committing to the shepherd’s pie or platter of fried shrimp.
To attract a large and diverse crowd of folks from across the five boroughs, New York bars must possess one or more of the following three things: a great location, plenty of space, and a sizable selection of premium liquors. Fortunately, Bar Pelham has all three. Nestled in a bustling area of the Bronx, this sprightly hangout serves up creative cocktails made with Patron Café Dark Cocoa, fruit juices, or house mixes within an approximately 1,200 square feet space. Under the luminescent glow of modern pillar lamps, guests can also sip on on-tap beers, slam shots of Patron Silver, or clink cosmopolitan glasses at the white quartz bar. Of course, they can just unwind with some pretzels in front of one of the televisions broadcasting a thrilling sports game or senatorial filibuster.
Surrounded by the urban tumult of New York City, Nicky's Beer Garden prides itself on its uncharacteristically down-home, southern charm. As owner Nick Ligotino told the Bronx Times in 2011, "I wanted to come up with something that’s never been seen here in the Bronx." His kitchen delivers this distinctive touch by smoking pork onsite, blending sweet sauces in-house, and coating pieces of fried chicken with a secret blend of herbs and spices. The restaurant also boasts a selection of beers from domestic and international breweries to accompany the Americana-tinged menu of hearty comfort foods.
Small tables line the dining room's gleaming wooden floors, but the restaurant's outdoor beer garden encourages guests to enjoy their evening alfresco. Picnic tables fill the stone-tiled yard surrounded by a wooden fence, shady trees, and a mural painted with barbecue sauce.
In a converted brick electrical plant where machines once hummed and pumped power to the railroad, streams of craft brews flow into glass jugs branded with the Growlers Beer Bistro logo. The New York Times-praised gastropub has earned a spot among the 31 best bars in the county, according to Westchester Magazine, and boasts an ever-changing draft list that has featured Brooklyn Brewery reserves, Two Brothers’ Midwestern suds, and Smuttynose ales. Bartenders funnel the liquid gold into pints as well as half-gallon growlers for at-home enjoyment.
Growlers’ seasonal cuisine menu is designed to harmonize with the current selection of brews and features upscale pub fare, such as the Devils on Horseback—bacon-wrapped prunes stuffed with blue cheese and featured as Westchester Magazine's Dish of the Week. The hearty fare also includes a burger of beef, pork, and veal topped with a relish of bacon, onions, and pickles.
The building's industrial past shines through with accents of exposed brick and ceiling beams, complemented by decorative additions that include a polished concrete floor, a long communal table, and reclaimed barn wood that frame an illuminated wall. Along with their Tuesday–Friday "Hoppy Hour", the pub hosts regular events throughout the week, from Tuesday trivia nights to Friday ladies nights. Saturdays feature live music, while the kitchen cranks out its signature brunch dishes on Sundays. Brewery events are held every Thursday of every month while a Wednesday open-mic night rouses laughter-friendly crowds.
Whether it's the family history, the spices, or the fresh ingredients that give Don Coqui's food its flavor, the results have the potential to dazzle the taste buds. Classic Puerto Rican dishes and American staples sit side-by-side on the expansive menu—though it's nothing compared to the wine list—with braised oxtail and plantain-crusted red snapper sailing to tables as swiftly as the rib and chicken combo and the porterhouse for two. Abuelita's tres leches cake and coconut flan with a deep caramel glaze add a hint of indulgence at the tail end of evenings, and wines from far-flung locales can be savored by the glass, bottle, or incredibly tiny spoon.
The Rodriguez culinary dynasty was born in the Bronx, where Jimmy Rodriguez, Sr. set up shop beneath a bridge and sold fresh seafood to passersby. Jimmy Rodriguez, Jr. took his father's love of food and doubled down, opening beloved restaurants across the city. Both his recipes and his passion inspired his children, who've turned that passion into the Don Coqui restaurants. Each aims to be a place where food, wine, and salsa dancing bring people together—something of a family tradition. It's like bowling on Christmas Eve, only better and with more paella. Their flavors have also made them a "Worth It" dining destination by the The New York Times.
The stylists at Bespoke Barber Shop may average 20 years of experience in grooming their diverse clientele, but their studio layout makes it look like they have second careers in interior design. The decor emanates both vintage and modern vibes, illustrated by the classic barber chairs with sleek armrests and the modern graffiti art positioned above framed black-and-white photos of a bygone era. Hanging within viewing distance of the waiting area’s leather sofa, flat-screen televisions play ESPN and live sports over the hum of trimmers and the swipes of straight razors. From scissor-cuts to mohawks, fade to tapers, stylists reinvent scalps of men, women, and children alike. In addition to touting its tress management skills, the shop uses old-school barber techniques of high-quality shaves and cuts, infusing it with new-school style. Bespoke has also garnered a following from high-profile heads, including the Yankees' own Mario Rivera.