Wise Men

East Village
You won’t find gold, frankincense or myrrh at this Bowery resto-bar—instead you’ll find a nostalgic ode to 1970s New York from a trio of women: photographer Danielle Levitt, hospitality vet Caroleyn Ng (Dream Hotel, Gansevoort) and S Magazine creative director Christina Chin. Back in the disco era, Chin’s family ran a Western-style Chinatown steakhouse also called Wise Men, and Chin pays homage with a meat-focused small-plates menu, '70s-inspired trappings (kitschy marble-tiled floors, bold printed walls) and a sepia-aged photo of her groovy relatives emblazoned over the entrance. Slide into banquettes red as rare beef for Asian-accented bavette steak and peperoncini-spiked pork, or head to the 20-foot-long bar for retro tipples like a Vesper or a Rob Roy.
Venue name: Wise Men
Contact:
Address: 355 Bowery
New York
10003
Cross street: between 3rd and 4th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun 5pm–2am; Thu–Sat 5pm–4am
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, M to Broadway–Lafayette St; 6 to Bleecker St
Price: Average small plate: $9. AmEx, MC, V

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katherine

After walking around in the East Village one day, I passed this door wallpapered with a vintage photo of these 70's clad Asian women. It looked really cool, but I had no idea what it was, there were no windows to peek in, so curiosity got the best of me. After looking up the name on the sign, I found out it was a bar, Wise Men. Great! I had to check it out.  I ordered a drink called The Last Word (Gin, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino, Lemon Juice). I really liked it. Potent, but has a nice sweetness and citrus taste that balances the drink out well.  You can read the rest of my review with photos here: sprungonfood.com/2014/01/09/wise-men