WHY HERE: Creative, unusual dishes from owner and chef Will Horowitz and an equally inventive cocktail menu that incorporates whatever’s in the kitchen that week have made Ducks an industry favorite since it opened. Beer taps change weekly, and large-format dinners are available with advance notice. WHY NOW: It’s time to dive into the almost-transcendent signature Duck & Waffle dish and finish the meal with something like the Café Canard (Irish whiskey, espresso, brown sugar and cream). Ask Horowitz about his pro Ping-Pong days (really!).