Like magic, the ordinary pub facade and grimy neighborhood mask a serene back garden and surprisingly sophisticated menu. Try succulent duck confit or gravlax salad before heading east to make a Broadway show (or hitting any number of Off-Broadway theaters in the area). Grilled filet mignon, free-range lamb and baked halibut with sweet mustard sauce are whisked out of the kitchen in record time. If you’re just dropping in for a little liquid refreshment (or you’re dining solo), belly up to the long mahogany bar.
736 Tenth Ave
|Cross street:||between 50th and 51st Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E to 50th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $15. AmEx, DC, MC, V|