Governor Chris Christie said that Redd's Restaurant & Bar is the "Times Squares of New Jersey," and its ubiquitous high-definition TVs and lively tailgating festivities support the comparison. Down the block from MetLife Stadium and the IZOD Center, Redd's supplies pints to those watching games on TV, stopping in to chow down on sesame-crusted chicken teriyaki, or trekking to the stadium for live sports and music. Onsite shuttle service speeds fans off to games at MetLife Stadium without the hassle of walking or asking an offensive lineman for a piggyback ride. Upstairs, a 2,000-square-foot balcony looks out on MetLife Stadium.
Dolly Parton, Celia Cruz, and Liza Minnelli make larger-than-life appearances at Divine NYC, a cabaret-style restaurant where performers conjure these divas through female impersonation. The show schedule changes, but whoever appears on stage keeps things interesting with song- and comedy-routines sprinkles through brunch and dinner. As the performers sing, dance, and banter, diners select dishes from the eclectic menu, which features American, Caribbean, Italian, and Tex-Mex specialties.
Iron Bar & Lounge welcomes Broadway goers as well as sports fans looking to watch games on their 16-foot screen. They're able to please this wide audience with 45 brews on tap, 45 more in bottles, and a tempting cocktail list. Meanwhile, their menu features classic bar food such as Cajun chicken sandwich, steak frites, and smoked chicken pizza.
The local, the organic, and the grass-fed dominate the menu at B & Co., where chefs balance upscale craftsmanship and down-to-earth wholesomeness. These fresh, sustainably sourced ingredients?such as wild-caught fish, antibiotic-free poultry, and vegetables from local farms?hit plates in the form of Southern Italian and Mediterranean-style dishes that change with the seasons.
Minus 5 Ice Bar's unusual experience always starts with a trip to the coat check. But instead of hanging up visitors' jackets, staffers there hand out gloves and parkas. These luxurious duds prepare guests to step inside the refreshingly chilly winter wonderland.
Beyond the bar's front doors lies a multi-chambered palace of ice, where seats, walls, bars, and even cocktail glasses are made of frozen water coaxed to hold a certain shape. The libations within the glasses benefit from the cold as a bite of frost is added to their natural potency. They're hardly the only entertainment available, though. Amid upbeat music, each room of the bar features a unique artistic theme manifested by resident ice artists through a variety of sculptures and pieces of icy decor, many lit by colorful LEDs. Professional photographers prowl the passageways alongside the waitstaff, ready to snap photos for guests to immortalize memories or remind themselves that they didn't actually step into Narnia.
CLOS Wine Bar owner and certified sommelier Mine Ayberk personally chooses every option on the bar's wine list, focusing especially on Old World, single-vineyard wines. As it turns out, Ms. Ayberk's selection has more wines than her bar has seats. With enough space for just under 20 guests, CLOS carries an intimate aura, surrounding visitors with warm tones, handcrafted finishings, and works from local artists. Clambering across the hardwood floors, the CLOS staff doles out specially prepared gourmet plates designed to enhance the wine-drinking experience. But much like its owner, the bar's staff members aren't just shadows in the background: each is a certified sommelier, and each speaks multiple languages. This means guests can enjoy some European pizzazz without having to join a pen-pal program for adults.