It’s a typical night at Mickey's Bar and Grill—sports games glisten on rows of flat-screen HDTVs, upbeat jukebox tunes fill the air, and friends crowd around the bar, calling for shots of Jack Daniels and pints of Guinness. Bartenders bustle about behind the bar, whipping up the martinis and mixed drinks lauded by reporters from The Record. Servers emerge from the kitchen, bearing platters of plump buffalo wings, juicy burgers, and mini sliders. Some nights, daring guests take the stage for karaoke, boldly belting out popular tunes or whispering confessions of overdue library books into the microphone amid the cheers and applause of the boisterous audience.
Apple Restaurant serves up an innovative blend of French and Vietnamese cuisine in an elegant atmosphere with soaring ceilings and Asian-inspired décor. The menu's melting pot of East and West flavors rolls in with Eastern-leaning appetizers such as the Vietnamese egg rolls, a rice-paper wrapper filled with cellophane noodles and an entourage of veggies ($7). Taste buds get a spicy makeover with the chicken chili basil, a chicken breast with sautéed onion, sweet bell peppers, chili pepper, and fresh basil leaves tangoing across a fluffy bed of jasmine rice ($14). Daffy-devourers can sink their teeth into the osteoporosis-free signature boneless Vietnamese duck served with mesclun salad drizzled with grapeseed vinaigrette ($20), and protectors of feathered friends can try the earth’s casserole, a meatless medley of vegetables and tofu taking a succulent soak in a hot pot of soybean sauce and brown rice. Apple preps a plethora of vegetarian dishes, as well as some vegan eats for diners that prefer cowless calories.
A Korean karaoke bar, Nemo NYC furnishes private karaoke parties with flavorful cuisine and a variety of mixed drinks. Today's deal grants up to three aspiring warblers an hour in the private rooms of this Union Square saloon (an $8 value/person, per hour), providing ample opportunities to impress featherless friends with soulful renditions of their favorite birdcalls and Tina Turner hits. Between songs, sate stomach cravings with snacks ($3-–$12) including a slew of dupbap varieties ($8) or the Spice Girls spicy rice cakes with vegetables in sweet and spicy sauce ($9).
Score a seat among the energetic, amicable crowd and debate the exhaustive appetizer offerings. Try the jumbo shrimp cocktail ($12), quesadilla carnival (a colorful layering of chicken, cheese, and requisite guacamole, salsa, and sour cream, $11), or the mozzarella sticks dusted with parmesan ($8). Soups of the day ($5) or cheesy French onion soup ($6) tempt spoon aficionados. The entree selection is peppered with ambitiously portioned burgers ($10), Cajun meatloaf ($12), and catfish and chips ($14). View the full menu here.