There's no actual mud in Mudville 9 Saloon, but good luck staying clean if you attempt the bar’s famous Wing Ding—a two-hour all-you-can-handle smorgasbord of wings, fries, and beer. The bartenders, at least, keep their hands sauce-free to pour 24 craft brews and change the channels on 15 TVs.
Atomic Wings specializes in crafting authentic buffalo-style wings, delicious sandwiches and soups, and much more for hungry hippos tired of an all-marble diet. After perusing the menu, start with a single serving of 10 wings ($8.99), 11 chicken fingers ($8.49), or a half-and-half combo ($8.49) before selecting a sauce. Most individuals will be content with mild, medium, hot, honey mustard, barbecue (regular or jerk), or teriyaki flavors, but daredevilish diners may turn toward the abusive, nuclear, and suicidal variations of wing lacquer, each suitable for restarting the breathy fires of broken dragons. Those preferring less-saucy bites can grab a Philly cheese wrap with grilled steak, onions, peppers, melted cheese, and barbecue sauce in a tortilla ($5.99) or can skip straight to a double chocolate layer cake ($6) accompanied by a bottled soda ($1.75), vitamin water ($2.25), or pint of carbonated barbecue sauce.
Framed photographs of Italy and gleaming mirrors surround a fleet of tables covered in white linens, plates of salmon, steak, and pastas at Michael Gibson's cozy eatery. Plates laden with options from a prix fixe brunch menu parade past chattering sleepy-eyed guests, and chef Juan Rodriquez keeps a careful eye upon an oven loaded with mac 'n' cheese and turkey burgers. Outside, glasses of wine clink together beneath chocolate-hued awnings shading seats constructed from mahogany planks and metal rods from a UFO.
Celebrity chef David Burke is the mastermind behind this upscale eatery, which occupies three levels of The James Hotel. Play croquet in the outdoor garden or snack on a complimentary basket of fresh fruit, breads, and jams as you await a main course of berry-speckled French toast or an organic lobster scramble.
SouthWestNY combines the traditional flavors of Mexico and Latin America with the trendy, innovative spirit of New York. This fusion is readily apparent throughout the menu, which features updated versions of iconic selections. Tacos filled with chili-braised chicken and roasted tomatillo salsa may seem familiar at first, but a touch of avocado cream helps elevate the dish beyond the expected. The whole-wheat penne pasta with roasted garlic and sun-dried tomatoes appears to be a departure from Southwestern flavors altogether, but tequila-habanero chicken sausage brings the flavors back to the region. Although the beer and wine selections incorporate a fair number of choices from the United States, the cocktail menu does a bit more to cling to Latin American tradition. Bartenders pour shaken and frozen margaritas, flavoring the drinks with everything from prickly pear to blood oranges. The 16-ounce mojitos modernize the classic cocktail by incorporating fruit purées, flavored rums, and microscopic ice cubes. SouthWestNY's dining room also manages to walk the fine line between a modern and a traditional aesthetic. Large skylights, concrete floors, and a 10-foot-long metal fireplace complete with exposed rivets all contribute to the room's industrial vibe. At the same time, bright red and orange chairs, an avocado-green wall, and accents of reclaimed woodwork lend a homespun sense of warmth to the well-lit space.
The only thing more fun than gazing at the Brooklyn Bridge with your friends is doing it over delicious steaks and drinks. And when the price is halved with today's Groupon, the fun doubles. Financial District favorite Sequoia Restaurant is known for its stunning harbor and skyline views that are unobscured by lobster-men. Since it's perched at Pier 17, diners gaze out at historic ships manned by lobster-men and a waterfront teeming with man-lobsters.