This Lower East Side restaurant has come to be regarded as the tastemaking cabin-in-the-’hood at the end of the now-legendary alley. In the oft-copied taxidermied environs, the hearty menu additions include a charred tender quail atop buttery grits, and a generous rabbit roulade entrée of boneless bacon-wrapped bunny (the signature bar snacks remain—there wasn’t even a question of tampering with the cult artichoke dip). Simple desserts—caramel-soaked bananas Foster, toasted carrot-walnut cake—are the sort you’d find in restaurants without a pastry chef. But they’re good enough.
Freeman Alley off Rivington St
|Cross street:||between Bowery and Chrystie St|
|Opening hours:||Daily 11am–4pm, 6–11:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F, V to Lower East Side–Second Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $21. AmEx, MC, V|