It?s a typical night at Mickey's Bar and Grill?sports games glisten on rows of flat-screen HDTVs, upbeat jukebox tunes fill the air, and friends crowd around the bar, calling for shots of Jack Daniels and pints of Guinness. Bartenders bustle about behind the bar, whipping up the martinis and mixed drinks lauded by reporters from The Record. Servers emerge from the kitchen, bearing platters of lauded, plump buffalo wings, juicy burgers, and mini sliders. Some nights, daring guests take the stage for karaoke, boldly belting out popular tunes or whispering confessions of overdue library books into the microphone amid the cheers and applause of the boisterous audience.
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.
Amateur singers of all skill levels grab microphones and belt out show-stopping tunes on the stage at Keats, entertaining friends and bar patrons alike. A line of performers forms seven nights each week, and, according to staff, it has sometimes included celebrities such as Vanessa Carlton and Nick Lachey as well as cocker spaniels dressed in trench coats. At the bar, the sounds of live karaoke mingle with the clinking of pint glasses as servers arrive with plates of fish 'n' chips, burgers, and spicy buffalo wings.
The sound and warmth of a crackling wood-fired grill drape across Leña's sleek, honey-hued wooden floors and circular tables. As the early-morning sun creeps across rough-hewn walls and racks of kindling, crispy potato and beef empanadas rest beside cool glasses of mango, pineapple, and honeydew juices. Chefs begin with a blank canvas during lunch and dinner, giving diners the choice to adorn plates with Latin-inspired chicken, steak, or fish heated by crimson fingers of flame. A septet of sauces calls upon flavors such as blue cheese and smoked chipotle while drawing nervous glances from collectors of rare napkins, and 10 additions, such as avocado and coconut rice, add healthy accents to feasts.