After working at bars and wine shops for 10 years, certified beverage professional Amanda Ladd wanted to find another outlet for her inner wine enthusiast. The result was Synesthesia NYC, a company that hosts socially wired beer, wine-, and sake-tasting classes. Ladd herself teaches the classes at 123 Burger Shot Beer.
The restaurant keeps the ordering simple: $1 burgers, $2 shots, and $3 beers. The burgers are made with Black Angus beef, and come with a minimum of three per order. Of course, a few sides might tempt patrons to veer off the 1-2-3 course, such as heaping plates of fried mac and cheese wedges or pigs in a blanket made with Cajun-style mini franks. Domestic and imported beers include Heineken, Blue Moon, Stella, and Yuengling, while the shots get a little more creative– from orange tic-tacs to creamsicles.
Sutton Place is a casual dining establishment boasting a large menu packed with innovative American dishes. Commence consumption with the twisted Kung Pao calamari ($13), a plate of affectionate face-licking chicken wings ($10), or delicately dine on the vegetable napolean ($11), a medley of balsamic-roasted portobello mushrooms, heirloom tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella. Specialty dishes include a Caribbean-spiced mahi-mahi ($22), served with shrimp and pineapple fried rice and intoxicated with a dark-rum piña-colada sauce, and a skirt steak with shrimp scampi ($26). Meatberg mongers will want to evaluate the caliber of the Kobe beef burger ($16), dressed in Jack Daniel's barbecue sauce and playing off the acerbic wit of house-cured pickles and pickled onions. The manually mischievous, however, can keep idle hands too busy to set fire to anything by filling them with the pulled Carolina pork sandwich ($9), the turkey club ($11), or the roasted portobello and vegetable wrap ($10). An extensive wine list and full bar menu is also available.
Inspired by acts in Las Vegas and around the country, entertainers and pianists cover rock classics on twin grand pianos at Ha! Comedy Club's weekly Dueling Pianos extravaganza. From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, dueling performers tickle the ivories and—when competition becomes especially fierce—each other, fielding crowd requests for pop favorites from the 1960s through to today. Musicians such as Mark Rivera, saxophonist for Billy Joel, join in the fun on stage as the kitchen and full bar keep the audience nourished with snacks and libations.
This fashionable three-story nightclub gets taste buds grooving to a slate of internationally inspired sandwiches and hearty burgers served alongside a full bar and invigorating entertainment. Diners can launch feasts with orders of boneless buffalo wings or chips-and-dips appetizer, which pair crispy tortilla triangles with a kaleidoscope of scoopables, including hummus, guacamole, and melty spinach-and-artichoke dip. Once teeth have proven their devotion to food, the black-and-blue burger invites them into its circle with gems of Maytag blue cheese that erupt from a sizzling 8-ounce sirloin patty. The ground-turkey burger vies for attention with aromatic morsels of onion, red bell pepper, minced garlic, grated carrots, and a smoky cloak of barbecue ketchup. Patrons can dive into aqueous Eastern flavors with the asian tuna club, which nestles a yellowfin-tuna steak seared to a succulent rare beneath avocado, pickled ginger, and wasabi mayonnaise, or crunch into the crusty baguette of the pepper-steak sandwich, which shrouds grilled sirloin in extra heat by adding horseradish mayonnaise and telling embarrassing stories from its preteen years.
Open 365 days a year, Mickey Mantle's Restaurant & Sports Bar swings for the fences with more than 300 pieces of museum-quality baseball memorabilia and a menu of classic pub fare, earning the No. 1 spot in ESPN.com’s Baseball's Top 10 Bars and Grills. Lead off with starters, including Southern-fried chicken fingers ($9) and the Texas–style spinach dip ($13), then clean up with heavy hitters such as chicken-fried steak ($20). Indulge carnivorous cravings by gnawing on the New York strip steak ($28), or joyously twirl the angel-hair pasta around your skull as a makeshift halo ($20). While imbibing, enjoy scenic views of picturesque Central Park, crucial games on one of the 32 high-definition TVs, and spirited debates with companions on the ethics of pleather catcher’s mitts.
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.