Schiller's Liquor Bar
It's unclear what is the greater attraction at Schiller's Liquor Bar in the lower East Side: the food, the innovative cocktails, or the people-watching. Locally acclaimed owner Keith McNally gives the brasserie a Parisian flair with a Continental menu and a decor of brass railings, smoky mirrors, white subway tiles, and a pewter bar. The steak frites satisfies the stomach while entertainment is provided by passing celebrities, hipsters, and fashion divas. Start the meal with a strong Delancey cocktail, named after the nearby street, or a minty Pimm's Cup.