A hip and colorful destination, Mariachi Bar and Restaurant supplies its guests with everything from dancing to stir fry. Serving a menu of pan-Asian cuisine, the kitchen fries and sautes ribs, rice cakes, and giant octopi for visitors to snack on before they hit the bar for pitchers of beer. Frequent events light up the dance floor, and a nightly happy hour held seven days a week offers specials on drinks and snacks.
It should surprise no one to learn that New York Wing Factory is one of the best places to go for crunchy and moist wings in a variety of flavors. Double-deep-fried to seal in the flavor and cut down on the grease, the specialty chicken comes in such sauces as hot-and-spicy, hickory barbecue, soy and garlic, and buffalo. And of course, the restaurant's lineup of 24 beers on tap suits the deliciously messy headliners perfectly. But if you walked away from New York Wing Factory thinking beer and wings was all they offered, you'd walk away satisfied but woefully under-informed. Wings are only the beginning of the dinner menu, which also boasts a New York cheese steak on rosemary ciabatta, a slab of Cajun salmon in orange-ginger reduction, a tangy chicken Cubano sandwich, and, in all likelihood, a number of sticky fingerprints. And as far as libations go, a connoisseur would do themselves a disservice to overlook the extensive whiskey menu.
Three floors, five bars, flashing lights, and thumping bass are the ingredients that make up the tasty cocktail that is SOHO Nightclub. Each floor has its own atmosphere and guests are invited to wander from level to level, sipping drinks and taking in the scene. A male revue and a legion of go-go dancers add sultry moves to the mix on designated evenings. Revelers can relax with bottle service or hookah at tables—the perfect setting for reading a really good book.
If you duck into Samad's Gourmet for a loaf of fresh Mediterranean bread, you might hear footsteps on the ceiling or the strains of soft music rumbling from above. Upstairs, the Heights Bar & Grill is in full swing, as Columbia students and locals chatter animatedly and bartenders dart about, blending frozen margaritas and mixing mojitos. Their faces are illuminated by strings of colorful lights and cooled in the summer by a breeze that drifts in through tall windows. The mood is equally lively on the third-floor roof deck, where guests clink pint-size drinks over overstuffed burritos and mountains of meaty nachos. Others recline on sofas, listening to the hum of the streets or of Broadway below. During winter months, the deck is covered with a retractable roof, shielding patrons from snow and wind.
Kilroy's Sports Bar welcomes drinkers, diners, and sports fans of all stripes into a colorful and lively atmosphere. As a proud New York Jets bar, its roomy interior is illuminated by the glow of more than 100 TVs airing sports, as well as a roaring fireplace during the colder months. A full menu of pub classics is available throughout the day, satisfying cravings for wings in one of five sauces and prime-rib sliders with horseradish sauce. In addition to the food, bartenders pull cold, foamy pours from 44 different taps, and they also craft specialty drinks such as jalape?o margaritas and cake-flavored martinis.
Masters of impromptu rocking, the three-man band of Particle braids funky undertones of bass guitar with energetic keyboards and drums in an electronic-backed jam session. Bolstered by an underground following and a decade of playing together, the band grooves through hits from its album Launchpad with more chemistry than hydrogen and oxygen had on their first date. The seasoned trio, which has performed with Blackalicious and Grateful Dead founder Phil Lesh, will razzle and dazzle Mexicali Club's intimate lounge after openers Shwizz and The 45's warm up the stage with tunes as catchy as chicken pox.