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Wise Men

Restaurants, Contemporary American East Village
Wise Men
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Wise Men
Photograph: Courtesy Wise Men

Time Out says

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.



Address: 355 Bowery
New York
Cross street: between 3rd and 4th Sts
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, M to Broadway–Lafayette St; 6 to Bleecker St
Price: Average small plate: $9. AmEx, MC, V
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun 5pm–2am; Thu–Sat 5pm–4am
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