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). $$$
Pints of Guinness are pulled the traditional way and shepherd’s pie tops the bill of fare at this woody Irish pub that pays homage in name and ambience to Jonathan Swift, native-son patriot, writer and creator of the original traveling man, Gulliver. Daily noon-4 a.m.
Offering nightly live big-band music, this retro cabaret, a favorite of swing-dance enthusiasts, provides pre-show dance lessons and a complete traditional American dinner menu.
Band: Su-Th 8:30-11:30 pm, F & Sa 9:30 pm-1 am
Dance Lesson: 9 pm
Music Charge: $15 Su-Th, $20 F & Sa
Food Served: 5 pm-midnight
Happy Hour: 5-7 pm
Leave it to a rap entrepreneur (Jay Z) to bring a club vibe to a sports bar. The club's name comes from a baseball term for a record set by only four players in the history of the sport: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano became members of this record-setting club by hitting 40 home runs and stealing 40 bases in a single season. The luxurious multifloor arena-like space features dozens of flat-screen monitors, Italian marble floors and DJs spinning rap and hip-hop.
This 90-seat specialty cocktail house with an original outpost in Chicago offers creative and innovative cocktail inventions, such as the Wake and Bake: a mix of rye, coffee-and-orange-infused vermouth and coffee liqueur, served in a clear plastic pillow filled with an everything bagel aroma. A full food menu is on offer a la carte or in prix fixe options. D (nightly). $$$$