WHY HERE: Named for a pair of 19th-century champion racehorses, this is not your typical East Village hang. Simultaneously elegant and comfortable, both chefs and bartenders are at the top of their game. It even has its own house whiskey. The dinner menu updates old-school NYC classics, like spiced Long Island duck and fried oysters. Pair with the Manhattan “on tap” or a bottled Champagne Negroni.
WHY NOW: It’s on the cutting edge of trendy nonalcoholic CBD cocktails and staying on top of the always-improving vegan/veggie Impossible Burger situation. The Cocktail Cabinet bottle keep up front, featuring innovative bottled cocktails, makes a great gift idea and is perfect for impressing dates or clients.