Soup & Sandwich
30 Water St.
Dead Rabbit is a revival of a grocery and grog we misplaced sometime in the last century. You can find a pint of thick Irish stout and a chicken potpie, and leave with a few pickled onions that would be hard to find anywhere except, oh, Ireland. Or you can make your way upstairs to the parlor, where small plates of oysters and clams brewed in beer are served alongside dishes like scotch eggs (hard-boiled eggs battered and fried) and welsh rabbits (like an Irish grilled cheese). Though delicious, these plates are really only a prelude to the drinks. Whether you want flips, bishops, juleps, or daises, the bartenders in bright red shirts and black suspenders can do just about anything. The leather-bound cocktail menu itself is impressive, with nearly 72 drinks made with everything from porter and absinthe to rum and eucalyptus tincture. Everyone here speaks with an Irish accent, making you feel like you walked onto the set of Gangs of New York. The ceilings are made from massive wood beams and the walls are covered with framed drawings of the founding fathers, American poets, and old newspaper clippings heralding the birth of a country as it unfolded on the streets of New York.