WHY HERE: The year-old spot is a more whimsical, slightly laid-back sibling to Le Pigeon and has a full bar, courtesy of Polite Provisions alum Aaron Zieske. American classics get a decadent update, like a steam burger with pickles, onions and cheese, or roasted Brussels sprouts with squash-peanut sauce. Or pair foie gras dumplings with the Foie Turn (foie-gras-washed bourbon, sherry, apricot brandy and Sauternes wine).
WHY NOW: Not one but two happy hours (4 to 5 p.m., and 10 p.m. to midnight daily) mean you can stock up on discounted oysters, a ham-wrapped terrine and a wide selection of apéritifs. Note: It takes walk-ins only—no reservations.