Yes, Hill Country is a restaurant, but no hostess will seat you and no server will come by to take your order. Instead, arriving patrons are given a meal ticket, which they carry into a Texas-style market. At one counter, they order meats by weight, watching as pitmasters pull their selection from smoking pits fueled with Texas post oak and the menus of lesser barbecue restaurants. The menu includes the signature moist brisket—juicy, fatty morsels that New York Times’ reporter Pete Wells is said to order a pound of every time because it shows “Hill Country’s rotisserie barbecue pits at their finest.” Whatever meat guests choose, it’s carved onto sturdy sheets of butcher paper they carry with them as they stop at additional counters to collect sides and desserts.
Though all meat is served with white bread or crackers, a lineup of sides includes corn pudding, Longhorn cheddar mac ‘n’ cheese, and sweet potato bourbon mash. The dessert case displays temptations such as banana pudding, which Wells gushed is “built upon a custard so thick with eggs and cream it brings Paris to mind.” Guests can return to the counters as many times as they like; each item ordered is noted on their ticket, which they turn in to the cashier at the end of the meal. The menu has some devoted culinary fans—renowned food critic Frank Bruni named Hill Country one of his five favorite restaurants, for instance—but the eatery attracts a musically inclined audience as well. Downstairs in the Boot Bar, a state-of-the-art stage hosts nationally touring blues, alt-country, and honky-tonk acts that have included Dale Wilson and Roseanne Cash. The shows take place Tuesday–Saturday nights, and are often free of charge.
It starts with a buzz. When patrons approach Raines Law Room, they’re not met by a surly doorman, just a silver doorbell. After gaining entry, guests might feel as though they’ve entered another era. In true speakeasy fashion, the windowless space is filled with plush Chesterfield sofas, the only light coming from the candles and wood-burning fireplace reflecting off the tin ceiling. In the lounge, tufted sofas and chairs recall an upscale living room. In the parlor, privacy curtains shroud four seating areas equipped with wall buzzers that can summon a server. The no-standing-around policy means parties must check in for a seat; if there aren’t any available, guests can leave their cell number and come back when they receive a call that a table is ready or a new brood of chairs finally hatched. Once seated, guests rifle through the drink list, which is divided into categories such as Bright & Crisp and With a Bitter Edge. Meaghan Dorman and her team of expert mixologists carefully blend drinks such as the South Side Rickey, a concoction of gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and club soda infused with mint plucked from the onsite garden. Raines ranked as a top 10 finalist for World’s Best Cocktail Menu at the 2012 Spirited Awards, so most patrons will probably be tempted to sample more than one spirit, meaning their visit will end as it began—with a buzz.
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Featured by ABC News and Time Out New York, POGO Events hosts exciting scavenger hunts and races that introduce teams to the popular and hidden jewels of New York, DC, San Francisco, and Florida. Their signature Amazing New York Scavenger Hunt sends teams sprinting through city streets, leading them to destinations with clues that require them to solve puzzles, complete tasks, or photograph certain objects. While every race is different, challenges might include taking a picture with a hot-dog vendor, playing Dance Dance Revolution, or telling a dog his pants are too tight without offending him.
In addition to their preplanned adventures, the race-masters at POGO Events can help customers design their own expedition through customized tours or build-it-yourself races. The POGO team also organizes standalone social events such as trivia nights and adult summer camps.
With a kitchen that stays open until 1 a.m. every night of the week, Woodrow's chefs help keep the revelry alive with 24 beers on tap and a menu of traditional pub fare. They specialize in grilling thick-cut steaks and sirloin burger patties, occasionally accessorizing the freshly fired meats with blue-cheese crumbles or a whiskey-peppercorn sauce. The kitchen's grills sear entrees from brunch to dinner, and the chefs stir pots of house-made chili and slice sides of regular, parmesan-truffle, and Cajun-style fries by hand.
Downstairs, the recently renovated whiskey lounge's plush couches and armchairs cradle patrons sipping the distilled beverage amid black-and-red-brick walls and knotted wood floors. Intimate lighting helps create a laid-back mood, encouraging guests to enjoy one of the hops-heavy or malt-laden beers from the bar or re-create episodes of The Twilight Zone with shadow puppets.
Christened "the coolest place to hear contemporary music in New York" by the New York Times, Le Poisson Rouge has hosted everyone from Lou Reed and Patti Smith to Yo La Tengo. Though it's reputation rests on music, the self-described "multimedia art cabaret" accommodates theater, film, dance, and literary events, too. Thanks to its flexible configurations, the space can convert from a seated screening room for 250 individuals to a standing-room only concert hall for 700 people, plus700 additional people sitting on the first 700's shoulders. As each evening's show unfurls, bartenders pour top-shelf liquors while chefs craft snacks such as mushroom sliders and flatbreads topped with serrano ham. For visual art, meanwhile, head to The Gallery at LPR, an adjoining, soundproof space that's featured exhibitions by prominent artists such as Chuck Close and Ofri Cnaani.