6 at Astor Pl.; L at First Ave.
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This East Village gastropub marries flavors of the East and West with inventive cocktails and Asian-tinged fare. There's mains, sides and desserts, but for a night out with friends (and the tiny tables), the small plates work best. Skip the hum drum meatballs with curry dijon and cilantro (they’re tender but flavorless like the sauce). Instead go for the sweet, tender beef short rib tacos with dried curry, queso fresco and pickled shallot. There are only four beers (in the bottle variety) and five wines. But cocktail flavors are more complex than much of the food, and the namesakes are affordable and adventurous. The Toucan, with Yamazaki whisky, vermouth and Angostura bitters, bites back then swells into anise flavor as it goes down. The Lion, with Kaffir ginger-infused rum, lime and a splash of Sriracha, is lip smacking, afloat with fresh ginger in a champagne saucer. Patrons do a double take at potted plants in terrariums that hang as part of light fixtures. These plus intimate white tables and chairs are an outdoorsy departure from the walk-in bar's dimly lit communal table facing 6th St. Both rooms are lively, and CCR, the Ramones and Nico add a fun vibe over the din. But don't let the posted hours fool you — last call on a Friday night comes shortly after midnight.Featured In Links
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