WHY HERE: When you walk into this kitschy subterranean spot, it seems like you shouldn’t expect much. But before you’re done with your self-service beer-from-a-fridge or a can of ginger ale served with a mini bottle of Jameson or tequila, you’re in on the fun. Longtime menu creator Eben Freeman is the brains behind this most inventive of boites. WHY NOW: Not only are the drinks and burgers top-notch, you can take cocktail “master classes” from Freeman himself while wearing a purple blazer. Who doesn’t want to do that?