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The five-story, 1890s brownstone that houses Bill's Food & Drink is steeped in New York history. As the former home of a Prohibition–era speakeasy—Bill's Gay Nineties—the building has indulged its Manhattan neighbors for more than 80 years, according to Vogue. Bill's Food & Drink honors this legacy and recreates the spirit of a historic New York steak house by preserving the speakeasy's original piano, dining room moldings, and 1940s–era murals while injecting a bit of modern flair at the same time.
The fusion of tradition and innovation is readily apparent throughout the menu, which features organic produce, housemade sausages, and grass-fed burger patties. Prime steaks are the main attractions, though and the chefs grill a number of classic cuts, including some that have been aged for as long as 35 days. To accompany these hefty meals, the restaurant also features a selection of cocktails made using Prohibition–era recipes and organic ingredients. Additionally, the servers can recommend bottles from an extensive wine list that helped Bill's Food & Drink earn Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence.
Designer Meg Sharpe sought to preserve the historic spirit of the space while accentuating those details and creating an earth-toned throwback to the past with a trendy, contemporary edge. Sketched maps, black-and-white photographs, oil paintings, gilt-framed mirrors, and taxidermied goat and ram heads all adorn the midnight-hued walls. Stately touches—including a stout fireplace and burnished metal chandeliers—complement the rooms' collections of tables draped with crisp, white linens.