Inside Mason Jar NYC, Southern charm comes in edible form. Appetizers such as cornmeal-crusted fried pickles and cheesy grits evoke a down-home vibe that’s present throughout the entire menu. Racks of house-smoked baby back ribs and tender slices of beef brisket come slathered in housemade sauce and flanked by hearty sides. The barbecue sampler is a meat-coma-inducing feast that includes pulled pork, brisket, ribs, and turkey. Desserts such as the peach upside-down cake provide a satisfying end to the meal, and perhaps a nice start of a journey to the bar; the eclectic selection of craft beers and bourbons is what keeps diners long after they’ve torn through their final napkin. The beer menu at Mason Jar NYC is vast and includes Belgian ales, stouts, and ciders from brewers both large and small. But thanks to the beer flight, which includes three 3-ounce samples, customers don’t need to settle on a single choice, and instead can trade off sips of Chimay Tripel and Stone Arrogant Bastard. Whiskey lovers will be equally drawn to—and overwhelmed by—the selection of aged bourbons and rye whiskeys. But there’s plenty of time to decide in this lively eatery, where flat-screen TVs broadcast the latest games, and friends admire one another’s barbecue-stained shirts over spirits.
At Therapy Wine Bar, upscale bar fare and New World wines create the conditions for nightlife to thrive in the incubating glow of hanging lamps. Servers haul tapas and charcuterie past exposed-brick and lime-green walls en route to the bar, outdoor seating area, or private lounge area, which contains more pillows than an insomniac's trash can. A mishmash of tables and chairs populates the remaining floor space, where visitors can lounge while conversing or playing games of backgammon.
Unlike its eclectic selection of seasonal dishes, Lura Restaurant features a design theme hinged on two simple materials: wood and rock. Walls lined with exposed stone and brick surround stained-wood tables, thick timber columns, and a wooden mantle above a fireplace. Patrons gather in the rustic setting to share Mediterranean-style tapas, which may include sun-dried-tomato hummus, tahini artichoke hearts, and Italian-style fettuccini with fennel sausage or to devour individual dishes, such as grilled tiger shrimp and steak frites. As its cocktail-embedded logo suggests, Lura Restaurant also offers a number of mixed drinks, wine, and beer that pair perfectly with the seasonally changing menu and your frenemy’s face.
O Lavrador means "the farmer" in Portuguese, making it an apt name for a restaurant that serves Portuguese food, as Portugal is often described as a "garden planted by the sea." The Iberian menu at O Lavrador Restaurant & Bar's actually combines both Portuguese and Spanish culinary traditions, and has been doing so for 33 years, often showcasing seafood. In addition to saut?d lobster, mussels, and octopus, the menu also includes garlic and spicy piri-piri, seared filet mignon, and grilled rosemary lamb chops. Inside the space, hanging lanterns cast patterned light against brick walls, a wooden canopy, and hand-painted murals, swaying gently above diners enjoying traditional desserts, such as port-poached pear, sweet mousse layered with "bolacha maria" cookies, and caramel flan.
At first, making wine was just a hobby for Rich and Tara Nimmo. The couple began doing so at Rich's uncle's winery in western Pennsylvania. Soon, though, they turned that hobby into a full-blown passion, complete with annual wine-tasting trips, vineyard tours, and even a cellar of their own. Today, the Nimmos are responsible for a large selection of handcrafted dry, sweet, red, and white wines, the majority of which start with hand-selected grapes from the Finger Lakes region. Visitors to the Nimmos' tasting room sip on the couple's creations at an Adirondack-style tasting bar surrounded by rich wood tones.
Hampton Luxury Liner transports its passengers around in a lavish motorcoach that boasts five flat-screen TVs, complimentary WiFi, and an on-bus library. The luxury buses travel to destinations ranging from the Hamptons to Atlantic City, with specific stops at wineries, resorts, and casinos. Reclining leather seats with space for laptops and maximum leg extension typify the cushy interior, and each road cruiser also comes equipped with a library and refrigerator, useful for storing steaks to distract the thousands of chasing dogs such a luxurious bus usually attracts.