482 Court St.
This intimate eight-table boîte is decidedly better stocked (and better priced) than its name would suggest. Though a well-edited wine list and some eclectic beers will intrigue oenophiles and beer aficionados, Minibar wins the majority over with inventive cocktails and numerous apertifs. Savor the aromatic Rum and Ting (burnt sugar plantation rum dashed with a West Indian grapefruit soda) while chatting up the quirky bartenders and admiring the artfully-aged ambience. The owners peeled back four layers of what was once a derelict deli to get to the good stuff: brick walls, tin ceilings, and wide-plank wood floors. The snug spot makes for a classy pre-dinner tipple en route to any one of the local restaurants. (Frankie's 247, the popular Italian restaurant across the street, often sends diners here as they wait for tables.) And don't discount an after-dinner drink: The booth under the street lamp-lit window is just the setting for the Girl Scout Martini, a luscious liquid dessert replete with bona fide thin mints.