Tue-Wed, 5pm-midnight; Thu-Sat, 5pm-1am; Sun, 5pm-11pm
4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Named after the main character in Washington Irving’s famed short story, this Union Square restaurant focuses on heritage-inspired American gastronomy. A small menu is divided into salads, shared plates, and large dishes. Dainty squash dumplings come in rich sherry butter with sage and chestnuts, and the silky one-biters are ideal for sharing. Broiled oysters—one order gets you four—are coated in melted Parmesan and garlic. Duck leg, a larger entrée, is served with creamy peppery polenta and a mound of huckleberries that seep through the crispy duck skin. There’s a small raw bar with oysters, clams, and cracked Jonah Claws; what’s available is scrawled on a chalkboard each day, ensuring freshness. The rye-heavy cocktail list from Mulberry Project’s Jeremy Strawn has festive names like Crane’s Firing Squad, Rusty Cage, and the Irving P. Swizzle—and bacon-washed rye even makes an appearance. Desserts change daily, but an apple pancake topped with crème fraîche and assorted doughnuts gives off an all-American vibe.Recommended Dishes
Squash dumplings ($15)