Why It’s Hot: This grand, ambitious bar-restaurant concept has made a big splash in the lobby of the Twitter building as a swanky destination for power lunches and after-work dinner and drinks. Chef Chris Fissel (formerly of Chez Spencer) has created a game-focused menu of exotic meats as well as traditional proteins and options for the vegetarian set, all cooked over a wood-fired, open-flame oven and served in large, shareable portions. The beverage menu is equally impressive, boasting 52 beers on tap, 115 wines by the glass and an extensive, surprising cocktail menu utilizing rare spirits.
Must-Order: For lunch, the roasted tri-tip sandwich won’t disappoint. The Axis deer tartare is a gamey revelation, while the pig ear fritto misto is surprisingly fresh, flavorful and chewy, similar to calamari misto but with heartier pork.
Insider Tip: With a supremely educated drink staff, this is the spot to imbibe while learning the intricacies of rare wines and spirits. “Bartial Artist” Zachary Taylor whips up mind-bending concoctions, such as the Long Strange Trip, which is a naturally sweet libation thanks to the maple-flavored candy cap mushrooms infused with 1776 rye, lemon, black pepper, and Zucca Amaro.
1355 Market St.; 888-393-0530