Best Bar Food in NYC

March 20, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Come for the drinks and stay for the grub at these hot nightlife spots with great food programs.

Mexican · East Village · $$$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

The "drinks are the highlight" of this "mezcal lover’s paradise" in the East Village where the "unbeatable" cocktails can be paired with "uncomplicated" yet "flavorful" Mexican small plates; a brick-walled, two-story setting exuding "exotic" vibes adds to its "distinctive" feel.
Please Don't Tell
Cocktail Bar · East Village · $
Food - · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.9

Accessed through a phone booth in Crif Dogs, this speakeasy-style East Village lair features bartending "experts" who whip up "fancy concoctions" (at "fancy prices" ) in "intimate" , "taxidermied" digs; the initials stand for 'Please Don't Tell', but since "everyone's been told" , it's best to make advance reservations.
Boulton & Watt
Brunch · East Village · $$$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.7

Gastropub grub gets "kicked up a couple of notches" at this "barlike" East Village American offering updated comfort fare, "inventive" drinks (including "must-try" picklebacks) and an "especially awesome" brunch; "fair prices" help compensate for "noisy" conditions, so it’s a "safe bet" for the "young crowd."
Bar Sardine
Gastropub · West Village · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

Gabe Stulman (Perla) pairs "sophisticated" cocktails with "upscale" American bar fare, including a "fantastic" burger at this "charming" West Village hang; it’s "small" and fills up fast ( "go early" ), but the format is perfect for a "drinks date that turns into dinner."
Gabriel Kreuther
French · West 40s · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

Prepare to be "wowed by" this French "standout" opposite Bryant Park, where chef Gabriel Kreuther produces "inspired" tasting menus with his signature "Alsatian twists" , served by a "seamless staff" in an "impressive" setting with "snazzy" "rustic" accents; though it’s "costly" , there’s also an à la carte bar menu if you’re "mindful of your pocketbook."