WHY HERE: A labor of love from two Irish expats housed in a historic lower Manhattan building, this three-story pub and craft cocktail bar continues to rack up international awards each year. Top-shelf Old World hospitality, impeccable original drinks in a massive, regularly changing menu, hard-to-find Irish whiskey expressions and a hearty dose of Irish-American congeniality puts The Rabbit in a class all its own.
WHY NOW: This year, the team nearly doubled the bar’s capacity with an expansion of the first-floor bar. Later this year expect a similar expansion of the cocktail lounge upstairs. Those long waits just got a whole lot shorter.