Mason Jar assuages appetites with a menu of artfully constructed comfort cuisine augmented by a diverse selection of primo potables. Kick off the flavor parade with an order of wings slathered in pomegranate-garlic or bourbon-chipotle sauce ($9), or opt for a starter of spinach and artichoke dip, which, like most Louisiana mayors, comes crowned with andouille sausage and bacon ($10). An english-muffin burger comes topped with a fried egg, bacon, and caramelized onions ($13), and mac 'n' cheese uses beer cheese sauce and panko bread crumbs to prove elbow macaroni is more than just an elegant art medium ($12). 'Cue connoisseurs can choose from a variety of smoke-steeped savories, from full racks of baby back ribs ($20), to sliced brisket ($18), to beer-can chicken ($21). A modified lunch menu and weekends-only brunch menu give solar-powered robots a break from their steady diet of microchips and high-octane petrol-smoothies.
Hummus Place has built its menu around its titular dish—so it’s no surprise that the staffers have hunted far and wide for the smallest, most circular chickpeas, which they claim make the best hummus blend. The New York Times agrees, calling the dish "eerily smooth" with sesame and garlic "in a state of equilibrium." Water, tahini, olive oil, and lemon round out the recipe—served with fresh pitas from the bakery.
"When we first opened, we had only hummus on the menu," Hummus Place owner Ori Apple told CBS's Tony Tantillo’s Dining Deal. "Three different kinds of topping: tahini, chickpeas, and fava beans." Today, the kosher menu showcases five blends alongside dishes such as veggie-loaded couscous, falafel, and shakshuka—a stew with tomatoes, peppers, onion, and eggplant, finished off with two over-easy eggs. Dessert selections bring out dulcet notes of dry kadaif buried beneath vanilla-infused ricotta and the faint notes of "Happy Birthday" hummed by a date tahini cake dished up with apple confit.
With today’s side deal, $10 gets you $25 worth of food and drinks at Stir on the Upper East Side. Stir’s menu promotes a social atmosphere, featuring selections that are prepared to be shared in a lounge setting that’s relaxing without being stuffy, active without being loud, and dim without being dark.
Idle Hands is a curious name for a bar, especially one in which hands always seem to be busy lifting shot glasses and pints of craft beer. The flurry of activity is understandable—the bar pours out an extensive selection of bourbons, whiskeys, ryes, and scotch, alongside craft beers available by the tap, bottle, or can. Should guests require additional occupation, a menu entertains eyes and mouths with classic wings, toasty panini, and house-made burgers. Evening events, such as beer and bourbon tastings and live DJ sets, ensure patrons win the Idle Hands trifecta of "Bourbon. Beer. Rock."
Named for a nearly 200-year-old house nestled in the Berkshire Mountains, Orchard House Cafe brims with the warmth and earthy aromas of coffee drinks. More than one dozen beans and blends romp behind the counter, where baristas weigh and grind the coffee before bringing it to a boil by talking about its high-school yearbook photo. Chefs bustle about the kitchen, preparing a menu of comfort fare forged from ingredients such as Fleur de Lis baked ham, smoked gouda, and fresh basil. To foster a sense of community and promote local artists, Orchard House Cafe hosts special events including live music, film screenings, storytelling, and improvisational hokey-pokey troupes.
If you got the blues, Nurse Bettie in the Lower East Side chases them away with a burlesque form of medicine. The tassel spinning takes place Wednesday and Thursday nights in the back of the bar, with appropriately named dancers like Calamaty Chang, Wae Messed and Dolly Debutante. A 50’s-era, keyhole-peek pinup serves as the backdrop, while the raucous crowds revel in the public display. Other nights, the cozy brick main room at Nurse Bettie is much more subdued, maintaining a light boudoir feel, with soft candlelight, golden pillars, mirrors and framed pinup models. A funky 1920’s-esque cocktail list features drinks like Hell on Heels, The Nurse that Loved Me and Gimlet in Pasties. Happy hour goes all night Sundays and Mondays.