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 its delicate balance between refinement and spontaneity seeps into its every crack. Drawing upon 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 wrap up strip steak or strawberries. On Sunday mornings, the brunch menu wakes up late-risers and offers sanctuary for vampires who forgot to go to sleep with 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, even 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.
Plan B Sports Bar & Grill sates sports fans into the small hours of the morning with televised athletics and an internationally themed menu of Mexican-, American-, and Asian-inspired cuisine. Scissor into a pineapple-chicken-teriyaki sandwich ($9), or three-hole-punch a plate of empanadas with seasoned beef folded into two golden-brown pastry shells and dipped in chipotle sour-cream sauce ($10). Fries settle starch cravings in a variety of guises, from skinny and curly to garlic parmesan and golden country ($5 each). The cross-cultural savor of pulled-pork nachos reinstates family quarrels as to who gets the last bite and whether you can build a dodecahedron out of triangles ($10). Included with this Groupon, a pitcher of Budweiser, Bud Light, Corona, Amstel Light, or Heineken arrives to wash down mouthwatering mouthfuls.
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