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Top Five Bars Where Food Is the Draw

Rarefied pub grub worlds away from the pretzel bowl.


Spotted Pig  

Brooklyn Ice House
318 Van Brunt St., nr. Pioneer St., Red Hook, Brooklyn; 718-222-1865
Like its previous inhabitant Pioneer Bar-B-Q, the Ice House caters to the needs of the neighborhood’s scruffy artists and nine-to-fivers alike, with excellent barbecue, especially the pulled-pork sandwiches and brisket po’ boys.

Pegu Club
77 W. Houston St., nr. W. Broadway; 212-473-7348
Chef Gavin Citron is behind this enticing, minimal menu. Smoked-trout deviled eggs, coconut shrimp, scallop mini burgers, and other small-plates fare assure that the excellent cocktails aren’t the only draw here.

The Spotted Pig
314 W. 11th St., at Greenwich St.; 212-620-0393
The city’s definitive gastropub has a high-celebrity quotient, but more important, a simple, straightforward, and delicious menu. The char-grilled calf's liver with onions or slow-roasted king salmon with organic Italian zucchini are notable highlights.

Tavern on Dean
775 Dean St., at Underhill Ave.; 718-638-3326
Sit at the mahogany bar and watch the game while sampling a mix of New American fare, English pub grub, and a few soul-food dishes, like the crispy country-fried chicken, a perfect complement to any pint.

El Quinto Pinto
401 W. 24th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-206-6900
That rare thing outside of Spain—a true, uncompromised tapas bar. The trick is in the artful editing: The wine list is Iberian-only; the cocktail specials channel quintessential Spanish flavors (tiger nut in the frozen spiked horchata or pomada, a basil-gin lemonade); and the dozen-odd small plates (Spanish cracklings, sizzling shrimp) pack in loads of salty, garlicky flavor.


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