Schiller's Liquor Bar
It's unclear what is the greater attraction at Schiller's Liquor Bar in the lower East Side: the food, the innovative cocktails, or the people-watching. Locally acclaimed owner Keith McNally gives the brasserie a Parisian flare with a Continental menu and a decor of brass railings, smoky mirrors, white subway tiles, and a pewter bar. The Welsh rarebit, served with thick toast, melted cheddar, Stilton crumbles, and roasted tomato, satisfies the stomach while entertainment is provided in watching the celebrities, hipsters, and fashion divas. Start the meal with a strong Delancey cocktail, named after the nearby street, or more unusual offers such as a sweet and spicy Pimm's Cup.