From after-work drinks to killing time around Times Kick back after a show at this beachy bar, where surfboards, shorts-clad bartenders and frosty drinks will greet you. The room channels the surf shacks of its tropical isle namesake, with weathered wood, sun-drenched colors and a ridged tin ceiling. Escapists can slurp unfussy cocktails ($10) like a frozen Corona (the beer is mixed with vodka, triple sec and lime) and a dark and stormy punched up with chunks of fresh ginger. There’s also a selection of sipping rums infused in-house with exotic fruits like mangosteen and lychee (flight of three $12).
Dodge the bright lights of Broadway at this intimate cocktail parlor tucked inside the Iroquois Hotel. Cocktail consultant Meaghan Dorman and head bartender Theo Liebermann collaborated on the drinks program with the European cocktail scene of the 1920s and ’30s in mind, featuring classics like the Boulevardier (bourbon, Campari, sweet vermouth; $14) and the Honeymoon (apple brandy, Cointreau, Bénédictine, lemon juice; $14). The dim space also takes cues from a bygone era, with blue velvet chairs, gold-framed paintings and marble tables.
This raucous saloon calls itself “Times Square’s oldest new cocktail lounge” for a reason: After the original Rum House shut its doors following a 37-year run, new owners gave the place a face-lift and reopened an updated version with a fresh cocktail program from the team behind Ward III. One trademark touch lives on from the old days: a piano player tapping out standards (Mon–Sat). The drinks menu is short but sweet, with signature quaffs such as the Tortuga (aged rum, fresh ginger, muddled citrus wedges, cinnamon; $12), alongside well-executed classics like old-fashioneds and Manhattans ($12–$14).
If you don’t have time for a swanky pretheater dinner at 82-year-old NYC establishment the ‘21’ Club, settle for a drink at the downstairs lounge instead. The vibe at the bar is more relaxed than in the upstairs dining room (no jackets required), with a half dozen beers on tap, including Goose Island Honker’s Ale ($8.50), and cocktails ($15) such as the Bee’s Knees (rum, cardamom-honey syrup, lemon) and the Orient-Express (gin, lemon, Earl Grey syrup). You can also nibble some haute bar bites including fish tacos with salsa verde ($14) and miniburgers ($18)—scaled-down versions of the restaurant’s signature ‘21’ burger.
Jack the Horse Tavern
Sitting on a leafy corner off Brooklyn Bridge Park, Jack the Horse Tavern is the embodiment of Brooklyn Heights chic: cool and picturesque with vintage flair. The brainchild of husband-wife duo chef Tim Oltmans (Tabla) and Micki Schubert, the restaurant touts airy storefront windows that peek onto a charming colonial streetscape of brick homes and shuttered windows while inside, a soft jazz soundtrack bids diners to ease into their surroundings and stay awhile. Upgraded pub grub rules the day at this refreshed take on a local tavern, with flourishes highlighting the natural elegance of seasonal produce. The farm fresh beet salad ($10) is a harmonious symphony of red, golden and candy cane beets accented with goat cheese and a bitter hum from spindly twirls of cress. On the more indulgent side, a unique take on macaroni and cheese ($9) serves corkscrew cavatappi in a smoldering smoked gouda sauce. On the entrees front, a well-charred flatiron steak ($29) is another fine example of the restaurant's upgrade of classic fare. The accompanying dollop of tarragon-flecked béarnaise is a classic bistro pairing for steak, while the prototypical steakhouse side of creamed spinach is surprisingly light here, barely kissed by a drape of melted butter. Crunchy flakes of sea salt give the dish a tactile quality that makes the meal a fully sensory experience. A side order of garlic-chive potato puree ($6) is perfectly silken with a green garlic flavor that evokes the verdant scents of a ne
Venue says: “Don’t miss the knock-out happy hour from 5:30 until 7:00 every day. Chef’s select oysters for $1, Old Fashioneds, Mac & Cheese, beer & wine.”