In the heart of the Upper East Side is a trendy new watering hole (shocker, we know!) serving 10021’ers bar grub and delicious libations, courtesy of the Wilfie & Nell crew. Start with an Irish-imported Guinness Extra Stout then move onto lesser-known Irish whiskeys like Knappogue Castle. Do not leave without ordering their beer-battered McClure’s fried pickles with smoky sauce.
The Penrose, 1590 2nd Avenue (between 82nd & 83rd streets); 212-203-2751.
Chef Will Horowitz punches up plates of eclectic, smoky barbeque with Asian ingredients at this new East Village eatery. You’ll want to try the smoked brisket with apricot and fish sauce, the crispy pig ears wrapped in lettuce, and the spicy beef jerky jazzed up with squid sauce. Tipples include barrel-aged brews, smoky liquors like mezcal, and wacky cocktails like aCoco 'ti Punch (rum, kaffir lime, Thai chili pepper, and coconut), which is aerated and sprayed into a glass like whipped cream. We don’t even get what this is, but it sounds delish! A full dinner menu is available as of September 1.
Ducks Eatery, 351 East 12th Street (between 1st and 2nd avenues); 212-432-3825.
Photo: Courtesy of The Penrose