11: The Ladyboy (Oiji, New York City)
Refined Korean food is the name of the game at intimate Oiji, a wood- and brick-lined space in Manhattan’s East Village, where co-chefs and co-owners Brian Kim and Tae Kyung Ku turn out inspired Korean dishes and killer honey butter chips (just ask). Thankfully, the cocktails keep up. Tart and thirst-quenching, The Ladyboy is also light and creamy with coconut cream, adding texture to kaffir-lime-infused Hwayo 41 soju and London dry gin, and lively with ginger juice and tamarind syrup. It’s just the right cooling accompaniment to Korean chile heat.