A lighthearted take on the neo-neo Tiki movement from the same team that brought other socially driven hot spots (GoldBar, Sweetwater Social, Mr. Jones) to the city, this spacious Chelsea destination, already popular with the city’s boozy cognoscenti, is bright and inviting with an intricately patterned bar and high banquette seating so you don’t miss any of the action. An impressive roster of founders and bartenders, including Eryn Reece (Mayahuel, Death & Co) and Leo DeGroff (Sweetwater Social) serve up NYC-themed drinks like the Highline Park Sour (bourbon, sherry, lemon juice, Grand Marnier, Campari and ginger). Pair with decidedly fun, yet delicious, bar cuisine from chef John Bignelli (wd-50, Grand Army) like house-made soft pretzels, a classic burger to put Shake Shack to shame and addictive P-I-Z-Z-A, a combination of mozzarella, garlic toast and marinara dipping sauce. Heads up: Brunch service is scheduled to begin by September 2016.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: Go Tiki(ish) or go home: The Lively Up features Armagnac, Appleton Estate rum, banana liqueur, orgeat, lime juice and Dale’s Pimento aromatic bitters in a classically kitschy Tiki mug.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Partners Shaun Rose and Noah Weinstein are born-and-bred New Yorkers, and the menu and space both reflect that in both obvious and subtle ways.