I can’t resist a cocktail bar with a backyard and even Elsa’s bathroom is built for selfies. My drinks of choice are The Handsome Grandson, Glassine Stamp, and Pain Killer. Elsa has a sister bar in Greenpoint called Ramona that shares the same menu sans the backyard.
Roman and Williams Guild
This space is a mecca of design—furniture, tabletop, home accessories, library, flowers—built and outfitted from head to toe by this interior design duo. You’ll find true artisan treasures here and want to sit for a cup of tea at La Mercerie Café.
This Italian American restaurant opened in late 2017 and is still packed on weeknights so you best get a reservation. Their swirled lasagna lets each diner feel like they got the coveted charred corner slice. The unique plates here are the Chrysanthemum Salad and Stracchino Gnocchi. If you love Frankies, you’ll appreciate what Don Angie brings to the table.
đi ăn đi
Meaning “let’s go eat” in Vietnamese, đi ăn đi was opened by Vietnamese Houstonians bringing in new modern dishes to the New York scene. Their menu rotates, but is always serving something fresh. Go in a group so you can try a variety!
An intimate Japanese speakeasy located up the stairs above Village Yokocho, Angel’s Share is both a perfect solo drinking and date night spot. Get a seat by the window to people watch. All their drinks are amazing, but favorites are Night Train and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.
Located on the 11th floor of Sister City, Last Light has sweeping views of downtown Manhattan and seating on the roof. There’s a live DJ on select nights and their snack menu is great for sharing. Need a full meal? Floret is just downstairs.