At Unclebourbon’s gastro-pub in Staten Island, we believe that you should be able get everything you need in a good night out under one roof. We serve Comfort Food using only the best ingredients served on small plates so it’s easy to share with friends alongside some of the best micro-brews and classic cocktails availabl
The cooks at 1Republik plate a menu of upscale New American pub fare as bartenders decant more than 40 brews on tap. Starters such as the truffle oil-laced tater tots or the grilled prawns warm up out-of-practice dining teams, readying dormant tongues for entrees such as the seared sea salmon or the potato-flanked strip steak. Chicken pot pie layers root vegetables and chicken velouté into a flaky puff pastry, providing a savory alternative to standard Americana pies filled with apples or bits of the Patriot Act. Duos and foursomes are also entitled to a round of draft beers or house wines.
At TapHouse Grille, 24 different craft beers gush from taps as plates of gourmet pub fare emerge from the kitchen. Chefs shower pastas and pizzas in fresh meats and vegetables or whip up entrees that feature freshly caught fish and quality cuts of meat. In addition to imported and domestic brews, the family-friendly establishment pleases adults with martinis and cocktails, and it treats tots to a full kids' menu and an absence of height-restrictive carnival rides.
Brick walls and ceilings and glistening wood floors surround the casual dining room, where flat-screen televisions beam down from the walls. TapHouse Grille also hosts special events throughout the week, including a Sunday brunch buffet with a live jazz band.
Desmond's executive chef David Hart, who honed his culinary craft while cooking for London's royal family, sates sophisticated palates with an elegant tasting menu of cross-continental cuisine procured from local, organic ingredients. The tasting experience for two takes place in Desmond's dining room, a former federal bank building replete with a stately bar, vaulted ceilings, white-linen tablecloths, and ghostly piles of legal tender. Meals commence with a champagne toast (a $9 value each) and starters of chilled corn soup (a $14 value) or shaved fennel, pear, and parmesan salad (a $13 value). For the main course, diners may choose between delicate fillets of signature dover sole, grilled lovingly with shrimp butter and embraced by charred lemon (a $52 value), or flavorful lamb drizzled with mint-and-chili jelly (a $33 value). Each guest tucks into a choice of six side dishes, such as decadent duvets of truffle mac ‘n’ cheese or silken sheets of sautéed baby spinach (a $9 value each). End meals on sprite notes with the summer lemon pudding (a $9 value each), swirled with hints of sugar to dissuade embarrassing mouth puckers.
Butterfield 8 is a first-floor lounge with skyline views. At the back of the room, past the dazzling chandeliers and vintage ceiling mouldings, hangs a full-wall, photorealistic mural of a misty cityscape. The ambiance is classic Manhattan, but the menu looks beyond its neighborhood to encompass pub-food favorites from across the country, often tweaked into surprising new shapes. Mac ‘n’ cheese comes fashioned into crispy squares topped with bacon, jalapeños, and marinara sauce, and philly cheesesteaks are packed into egg-roll wrappers with garnishes of caramelized onions and spicy ketchup. As for larger dishes, the menu drops into Memphis for pulled-pork sliders, New Orleans for crab-cake sandwiches with Cajun rémoulade, and the New England coast for plates of citrus-tinged Atlantic salmon. Though the venue is the official NYC bar of the Denver Broncos, sports fans of all stripes are welcome to take seats at the 40-foot granite bar and cheer as their teams compete on high-definition TVs overhead or suddenly parade past the front windows.
Little Town NYC unabashedly hearts New York. Of its three restaurants, two are located in iconic Manhattan spots: one in Union Square, the other on Theater District’s Restaurant Row. Little Town’s fancy for the Empire State shines through on the menu, too, with homestyle dishes such as the Adirondack chicken pesto and an Angus beef burger topped with crispy Berkshire bacon. The Suburb Backyard BBQ platter is piled high with enough buffalo wings, Nathan's hot dogs, and other locally inspired fare to feed a family of four.
Little Town NYC also takes great pride in its beer list, which features more than 100 local brews, including IPAs and amber ales that hail from breweries in Long Island, Ithaca, and Saratoga Springs. At the Restaurant Row location, you can enjoy a pilsner from Coney Island while sitting in a booth constructed from the beach’s old wooden boardwalk.