Inside this antiques-filled dining room, chef Joe Dobias (Savor NY) gives life to his wildest, and most successful, impulses: An appetizer of griddled challah smeared with chicken liver takes on a subversive (and delicious) edge when sandwiched with smoky bacon and caramelized onions. An inventive entrée features tender slices of beef served with sesame spaetzle and a gorgeous curl of bok choy, petrified in a translucent batter. The dining masses have yet to catch on—get in before they do.
45 E 1st St
|Cross street:||between First and Second Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 5–11pm; Fri 5pm–midnight; Sat 11am–4pm, 5pm–midnight; Sun 11am–4pm, 5–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F, V to Lower East Side–Second Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $26. AmEx, MC, V|