From the steamy dry ice-like fountain that greets customers at the entrance to the cavernous interior beyond, this pan-Asian restaurant in Greenwich Village oozes a pleasant gaudiness. Decked out with red velvet curtains, red paper lanterns, a back-lit dragon’s head, glowing blue Japanese-style walls and a curved piano-shaped bar, Apple Restaurant and Bom Bar creates a fun, warm ambiance appreciated by the many NYU students who often fill the tables. The menu is also an attraction, including a wide range of Asian dishes like tuna mango spring rolls, fried Vietnamese dumplings, beef sate and sautéed lemongrass with shrimp, while many vegetarian dishes are also available. The private room in the back, the Red Den, is fully equipped for private karaoke sessions.
Though the '80s album covers lining the rustic, wooden walls of Mo's Bar beckon guests down memory lane, the aroma of Southern-inspired cuisine and the revelry of weekly events keep patrons affixed to the present. Candlelight illuminates the two-level establishment as patrons feast upon shrimp po’boys with original sauce, handmade corn chips, and beef burgers infused with blue cheese. Over the weekend, Mo’s culinary team adds its own spin to brunch with entrees such as organic eggs and french toast topped with caramelized banana.
In between bites, visitors can monitor the latest sports scores that flash across four large-screen televisions throughout the bar. Mo’s also hosts numerous events, including DJ nights, karaoke, a monthly burlesque show, and open-mic nights, during which engineers break open a microphone and explain all its parts.
Settle into one of many urbanized nooks in the expansive reaches of Karaoke Boho, where private brick-lined lounge rooms come fully furnished with top-quality speaker boxes and crisp flatscreens. This generously sectioned-off space provides you and your backup singers the freedom to let loose on the mics with the safety of a buffer between you and crooning karaoke strangers. To loosen up the vocal chords, order some courage-boosting liquid concoctions such as melon balls, martinis, Long Islands, and other fine spirits ($7–$12 each).
River mixes a sports-bar atmosphere with classed-up bar and grill fare. Starters such as lobster sliders ($12) and warm bruschetta served on toasted baguette ($8) warm up mouth muscles before engaging in heartier handhelds, such as the veggie wrap ($9) stuffed with mixed vegetables, the pizza burger ($10), or the decadent Kobe-beef burger ($15). A modest menu of hot dogs includes the standards, such as the classic Coney ($10), and more inventive options, such as the Dorito-topped dog ($9), which consolidates two sporting-event eats into one easily consumed package.
Diners at Legends on Pearl dig into a menu of juicy burgers and fried appetizers as sports coverage buzzes on several large flat-screen TVs. After patrons go to bat with the golden spears of fried pickle ($6), oven-baked bread slices and fearless foam fingers can take a swan dive into the gooey salsa queso of a fondue bowl ($8). The ranch-seasoned cowboy burger ($10) stacks a juicy, half-pound patty with bubbling pepper jack and crispy onion rings, and the Draft Pick cheese panini ($7) gives grilled cheese a facelift with a choice of fillings such as mozzarella and crumbled blue.
The comfort of a café and the camaraderie of a sports bar are combined at Left of Centre Sports Cafe, where visitors can root for their favorite teams between bites of hearty American food and sips of coffee or beer. Bar bites such as citrus-glazed buffalo wings and miniature soft pretzels prep appetites for 11 specialty burgers, including a bacon cheeseburger, an Egg Lovers burger featuring a fried egg on top, and an Aloha burger with grilled pineapple and a teriyaki glaze. An outdoor patio offers a nice place to relax and catch a glimpse of soaring ostriches, and the kitchen also serves weekend brunches of hangar steak and eggs, french toast stuffed with caramelized fruit, mimosas, and bloody marys. Left of Centre hosts special events throughout the week, including karaoke, darts competitions, and ladies' nights.