Colorful lights, live music, and the smell of churrasco beckon passersby into Andres Carne De Tres, where chefs recreate the bold flavors of South America. Appetizers, such as empanadas dunked in a housemade sauce and guacamole made tableside, kick off meals before the real treat: platefuls of pork loin, skirt steak, chicken, ribs and fresh seafood—all cooked Colombian style. Patrons can order their own individual helpings from the menu—which includes items such as paella and chicken-and-mushroom crepes—or share a Tejarrilla Andres platter packed with enough Colombian chorizo and smoked pork ribs for two people or one pet bear. As the night rolls on, the dance floor tempts guests out of their seats with neon lights and live music crooned from a nearby stage.
Metro Tapas Bar & Lounge executive chef Lee Knoeppel packs his small plates with contemporary takes on cuisines from around the world. For the deconstructed french onion soup, he drizzles brioche bread squares in melted gruyere and onion demi-glace. Chicken satay and BBQ pork buns bespeak an Asian influence, and American classics such as mac 'n' cheese keep things down-home. Bartender Carlos Santamaria also whips up seasonal cocktails to enhance enjoyment of the outside deck or to encourage uninhibited conversation with the eatery's five high-definition TVs.
Esquire offers men's suiting, denim, golf wear, and leather goods with an expert staff and tailor on-site. Wool and linen suits from Canali ($1,200), jackets from Burberry ($395), and sports jackets by Versace ($595 and up) transform average Joes into above-average Joes. Casual fashions, such as denim from 7 For All Mankind and an impressive inventory of iron-free Eton-brand shirts ($160–$250) ensure a dapper look for all occasions, including the anniversary of Anthony Hopkins becoming a U.S. citizen. Festoon feet with canvas boat shoes from Lacoste ($95 and up) or leather loafers from Cole Haan ($130–$215) and Bally.
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden lays claim to the oldest beer garden in New York City. Not much has changed since 1910, when the garden’s bartenders poured their first steins of Czech and German beer. Patrons continue to mill about the shaded walkways throughout the year.
Like the Brazilian bands that play there on weekends, almost every dish at Sitio Samba & Sabor reflects Latin flair. Chefs craft housemade ceviche, wrap meats in strips of yucca, or grill up Cuban sandwiches. House specialties range from Peruvian-inspired steamed fish stew to ropa vieja, shredded beef stewed in a spice-heavy sauce. Meals wrap up with desserts such as banana flambé or Brazilian pudding piped in from remote pudding pools in the Amazon.