When George Garrity opened Pour George in July of 2011, he sought the culinary services of chef Will Rogan. Mr. Rogan honed his palate and ignited his interest in cuisine in earliest childhood, when family travels took him from the West Coast to the Middle East, up through Europe, and finally into the American Midwest. During an extended sojourn in London at the age of 13, he first witnessed the showmanship of cooking at a street-side crêpe stand, which kindled his future interest in food service and his compulsion to fill the pockets of passersby with lingonberry compote. Together, Mr. Garrity and Mr. Rogan craft a menu rich with seasonal, locally raised foods, transformed into New American–style cuisine. They complement dishes of oyster, rabbit, or chicken with a varied collection of craft beers, wines, and more than 50 whiskeys. A working stone fireplace crackles warmly beneath its earthy arch, heating the nearby leather-clad booths. Though they installed brand-new seating, the owners took pains to preserve the most intriguing original materials in the space, such as the exposed-brick walls and reclaimed wooden beams into which Vasco da Gama once planted his flag. Flat-screen TVs hover over the heads of the nightly assembly, which gathers to watch as eight DirecTV cable boxes stream an octet of sports events.
Outfitted to resemble a one-room schoolhouse, with beer lists on blackboards and wooden pegs for hanging coats, Nolita House provides an education in simple, affordable, seasonal dining. Learn how far a crispy panko crust can elevate classic mac 'n' cheese ($12 for the large plate or $8 for the small) or study the intersection of the delicious and the porcine with babyback ribs ($9). Forge a guardian's signature and take your tongue on an international field trip with Nolita's shrimp tacos ($16) or miso-saki-glazed cod ($18). Small varietal wines from boutique vineyards pair nicely with an olive plate ($3), arguments over roller-derby statistics, or cheeses, especially at Nolita's Wine and Cheese Happy Hours, held every night between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($12 for two cheeses and a glass of wine).
At The Malt House, signature Black Angus Burger arrives fully loaded with applewood bacon, roasted cherry tomatoes, pickled red onion and queso sauce, alongside fried-chicken sandwiches, tempura pickles, and stuffed french toast. In addition to a full bar—which serves up drinks such as the Maltmosa, a blend of wheat beer, orange juice, and champagne—draughts have included craft beers from breweries such as Sierra Nevada and Ommegang. Patrons can find seating at a long bar lit by dangling bulbs, at high-topped tables angled at a sports-displaying television, or on a sidewalk patio.
Named after the ill-fated tavern from the film An American Werewolf in Paris, The Slaughtered Lamb Pub evokes an eerie atmosphere with midnight-dark lighting, exposed wood rafters, and the feel of an English tavern. Darts fly down in the Dungeon—the pub’s dedicated game room—and a fire roars in the Werewolf Lounge, where patrons cozy up to any number of world-traveled brews. The gargantuan beer list brings together imported craft libations, such as Spaten pilsner, Saint Sixtus trappist ale, and Dragon stout, along with stateside favorites.
Not to be upstaged, the food menu similarly cobbles together culinary inspiration from across the globe. The pub’s signature chicken wings, for example, come slathered in a smattering of sauces, such as jamaican jerk, spicy thai red curry with lemongrass and coconut milk, and maple chipotle. The menu is anchored by a slate of burgers with dolled-up delights, such as the Slaughtered Lamb burger, which is topped with smoked bacon and fresh buffalo mozzarella.
Dorian Gray, a literary-themed gastro pub bedecked with mahogany and distressed bricks, permits patrons to cozy up to beer and Irish-influenced fare. With one hand toting a pint of Dorian Gray Amber ($5) and the other a glass of Vinvita pinot grigio ($7), guests can use their mouth to graze on Irish cheddar mini burgers ($6) or signature, french-fried curry chips with four in the mornin’ sauce ($6). New Zealand lamb chops share a diner's attention with peas and mash ($14), and the doughy cradle of shepherd's pie bears beef, onions, carrots, and peas ($11).
iAdventure sends urbanites on a variety of excursions in and around the Big Apple, inspiring them to branch out and try new experiences in the do, see, eat, and drink categories. The organizers draw from a variety of interests and a large pool of connections, allowing them to orchestrate outings ranging from walking tours of millionaires' homes to mixology boot camps. Many of iAdventure's events focus on helping out charitable causes or celebrating lesser-known holidays, such as Bastille Day.
The cooks at 1Republik plate a menu of upscale New American pub fare as bartenders decant more than 40 brews on tap. Starters such as the truffle oil-laced tater tots or the grilled prawns warm up out-of-practice dining teams, readying dormant tongues for entrees such as the seared sea salmon or the potato-flanked strip steak. Chicken pot pie layers root vegetables and chicken velouté into a flaky puff pastry, providing a savory alternative to standard Americana pies filled with apples or bits of the Patriot Act. Duos and foursomes are also entitled to a round of draft beers or house wines.