The West Village institution, open since 1961, debuts its first spin-off. Long Island City locals will find an identical menu, including, of course, the beloved Bistro Burger (broiled beef, cheese and bacon on a sesame-seed bun), along with 12 draft beers (Guinness, McSorley's Ale and Brooklyn Lager). The decor also takes its cues from the flagship location: The laid-back 75-seat tavern features a mahogany wood bar and booths, antique brass chandeliers and a pressed-tin ceiling.
This mellow neighborhood café has more to offer than a Gossip Girl trivia connection and free Wi-Fi for its laptop-toting clientele. The organic loose-leaf teas and adorable afternoon tea service—a three-tiered spread of sandwiches, scones and pastries designed for two—is worth the trip alone.
True to its name, this Mediterranean restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen serves mezzes, or a selection of small dishes meant to be shared. Start off a meal with a sampler platter of hummus, tzatziki, tapenade, roasted pepper and eggplant dip and a paprika-walnut dip ($15). Other appetizers include cheese fondue ($28 for a medium, $38 for a large), grilled lamb sausage with arugula ($14) and spinach and feta pies ($11). Share a mixed grill platter of chicken kebab, kofte, lamp chops, lamb sausage and beef tenderloin ($70 for a medium, $120 for a large) with a bigger group, or try the pork youvetsi sauteed with onions, tomatoes, red wine and herbs served with orzo ($20). Dessert lovers might want to order the pistachio-ricotta cake ($9) or go all out with chocolate fondue ($28 for a medium, $38 for a large). A menu of signature cocktails, beer and wines by the glass or bottle is also available.
Venue says: “Come & taste Mediterranean dishes in the heart of Theater District. Great wine and cocktail selection. Mention Time Out and get 10% off”