76 Orchard St.
Lower East Side
The paint had barely dried at Marc Solomon's revitalized Red Stripe Lounge when an ownership shake-up led to this name change; now redubbed Spur Tree, after a Jamaican town, the bar is still all about the island nation. New owners Sean John and Brandon Liu (who also designed the mod space) augmented the menu with more tasty jerk-dominated dishes, installed a powerful sound system (D.J.'s spinning dub and roots reggae take over nightly), and shifted closing time from midnight to 2am. (The large back garden also remains, as do the Soju-based cocktails that creatively skirt around the bar’s wine-and-beer-only license.) Don’t expect to mingle amid overdone Rastafarian colors, however—the design is decidedly adult, with dark-wood accents. “We wanted plants, but they wouldn’t grow,” says Liu. “So we had them fabricated out of metal.”