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Matagot at Nitecap
Bicoastal booze stars David Kaplan and Alex Day—who operate NYC standard-bearer Death & Company and disco-cool Honeycut in downtown Los Angeles—roll out this subterranean cocktail clubhouse, kitted out with Art Deco lamps, brick walls and plum leather banquettes. From a short maple bar, head bartender Natasha David (Maison Premiere) turns out elegant drinks, like a Hakushu highball and the aquavit-and-gin Matagot. An upstairs restaurant, the Jewish-inflected Schapiro’s, provides the bar bites. 120 Rivington St between Essex and Suffolk Sts (212-466-3361)
The Chelsea Bell
This recently renovated bar in Chelsea offers more than 100 beers, a wide variety of craft cocktails and an entire menu of upscale pub fare. Need a drink? Creative tipples like the frozen gin and elderflower daiquiri, pomegranate mojito or strawberry mule might do the trick. Whether you’re here for dinner or happy hour, order a few appetizers to get the party started. Latkes topped with beer cheese, bacon, crema and chives ($12), a crab and shrimp quesadilla ($14) or buffalo chicken crispy tortellini ($12) ought to please a crowd. For the main course, choose between a light salad of watermelon, goat cheese, heirloom tomatoes and arugula ($13), the house burger topped with gruyere, slab-cut bacon, spicy pickles and charred scallion aioli ($18) or grass-fed hanger steak with oyster mushrooms and garlic confit ($26). If you still have room, order the double chocolate skillet cookie with hot fudge, caramel and marshmallow gelato ($8) or just ask for another cocktail.
Venue says: “The chelsea bells twist on the classic brunch wont disappoint. Our menu features familiar and creative dishes such as red velvet pancakes!”