The passionate chefs at Maria Mentiras Bar & Grill intensify the Spanish flavors in their steaks, seafood, and chicken with the kiss of an open flame. Exposed brick walls, subtle lighting, and a long, smooth bar table set an elegant scene for diners to start their meals with golden-fried pork cracklings or plantains topped with shredded steak and pork. The menu's smoked, barbecued, and seared entrees include everything from fried red snapper to grilled skirt steaks cooked to meet high school prom dress codes. Beef rib "lollipops" glazed with housemade barbecue sauce playfully spin Latin American cuisine, while the traditional Columbian bandeja paisa impresses palates with grilled steak, chorizo, and pork belly served alongside sweet plantains and fried eggs.
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.
Guests could dine at Park Avenue Bar & Grill multiple times, and yet leave each visit feeling as though they'd never been there before. Behind the restaurant's historic façade of red brick and arched windows await six distinct areas, each welcoming diners into a different experience. Downstairs, bartenders mix drinks at a traditional wooden bar, and upstairs, a modern lounge fills glasses amid tomato-red walls and zebra-patterned tile. After they dine on white tablecloths in the refined second-floor dining room, patrons can wander out to the private courtyard for drinks, or head up to the rooftop to watch New York's mayor give the skyline its nightly spit shine.
To match the atmosphere of each space, chefs prepare fusion cuisine that is American continental. Meticulously prepared entrees cater to guests seeking evenings of fine dining, and lighter fare, such as tapas and empanadas, facilitates socializing.
Flowing with live music, libations, and good-spirited sports, Tobacco Road eschews the pretentions of club-hopping nightlife in favor of a convivial neighborhood-bar experience. Voted Best Dive Bar by the Village Voice, Tobacco Road’s weekly schedule runs the gamut of entertainment with nightly events for sports fans, blues and show-tunes devotees, and rampaging bachelorettes. Friday and Saturday nights, dueling pianos reign with the famed Shake Rattle & Roll showcase, a raucous all-request sing-along where classic hits such as “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Piano Man,” and Beethoven’s Symphony in C Major inspire revelrous toasts, games, and shot giveaways. A motley crew of bikini-clad barmaids and friendly clientele rounds out the colorful cast at the Midtown dive, which is located a leap-frog’s jump from the Port Authority.
For years after its construction in 1904, the Liberty Theater housed some of Broadway's most popular shows, and the likes of Fred Astaire, Marilyn Miller, and George Cohen graced its stage. Its glitzy interiors, meanwhile, represented the opulence of show business. Today, that grand stage is closed, but its memory lives on in The Liberty Diner. Though recently renovated, the space retains much of its original interior architecture, including the glimmering retro decor and the colorful fish tank where all the actors were kept before every show. To match this spirit, the Diner's kitchen churns out dishes inspired by classic diners and bistros of the 20th century—but with a slightly modern twist. The signature house burger is topped with bacon and bleu cheese, and offered up alongside sandwiches such as a rare ahi tuna steak and a towering open-faced reuben. Hearty Italian pastas topped with seafood or cream sauce, tender bistro-style steak frites, and house specialties such as fish and chips and oven-baked meatballs are also served. Classic house cocktails and wine provide the ideal pairings for every dish.