Walk into this ice cream parlor and tell 32 year-old, Las Vegas-born owner Courtney Bond, "I'd like to see the storage room, please." Space and proper attire permitting (no sneakers,) she'll escort you past a door outfitted in 180 empty ice cream cartons, to her dimly-lit, exposed-brick speakeasy, where cocktails don clever names such as "Next Stop Hunter College" and "Tea at The Carlyle."
A grandfathered-in smoking license allows this upscale lounge and bar to be one of seven NYC venues to permit smoking indoors. Small plates include lobster arepa, skewers of chorizo and pineapple, and boneless house-smoked wings in tamarind barbecue sauce. A short-but-serious wine list complements an extensive menu of house-designed cocktails labeled by flavor, such as "grapefruit," "charred lemon" or "tobacco." Asthmatics beware: Smoking is the theme. D (nightly). $$$
Pints of Guinness are pulled the traditional way and shepherd’s pie tops the bill of fare at this woody Irish pub that pays homage in name and ambience to Jonathan Swift, native-son patriot, writer and creator of the original traveling man, Gulliver. Daily noon-4 a.m.
Offering nightly live big-band music, this retro cabaret, a favorite of swing-dance enthusiasts, provides pre-show dance lessons and a complete traditional American dinner menu.
Band: Su-Th 8:30-11:30 pm, F & Sa 9:30 pm-1 am
Dance Lesson: 9 pm
Music Charge: $15 Su-Th, $20 F & Sa
Food Served: 5 pm-midnight
Happy Hour: 5-7 pm