Eric Sherman and Brian Krawitz have a serious literary crush on Washington Irving, operating two watering holes named after the Sleepy Hollow penman: The Headless Horseman in Flatiron, and this woodsy, bookish den named after Irving’s timid hero Ichabod Crane right around the corner. The homage is reflected in the decor—evoking an upstate farm with reclaimed barn wood, vintage leather and exposed ceiling beams—and the rustic menu, from chef Matthew Etchemendy (Koi). Roasted duck leg is paired with huckleberries, seared brook trout is topped with hazelnuts, and flowering kale is coated in hot cider vinaigrette. The bar, supervised by Mulberry Project vet Jeremy Strawn, gives 19th-century quaffs a contemporary twist: A Sazerac is made modern with bacon-washed rye and maple syrup.
15 Irving Pl
|Cross street:||between 15th and 16th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Tue, Wed 5pm–midnight; Thu–Sat 5pm–1am; Sun 5–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq; L to Third Ave|
|Price:||Average small plate: $16. AmEx, MC, V|