Moody tin tile ceilings, dangly filament lights, tattooed waitstaff, bluegrass tunes, and only 27 raised counter stools at this pewter-topped rectangular-shaped bar and Lower East Side–inspired diner makes this one of the most unimaginably cool gigs in town. Naturally, there's no phone, no reservations, and minimal signage, but that only adds to the hush-hush speakeasy vibe. Once seated after a wait, strike up a conversation with the friendly bar staff and settle
in with a whisky-based Brooklyn Manhattan cocktail. Then dive into famed truffled egg toast before moving on to deep-fried grits, softshell crab, or three-bites-and-they're-gone Yankee sliders—try beef and bone marrow. Don't overlook the glorious mac 'n' cheese. For dessert, try a PB&J sandwich, and chase it down with a slug or two of Elijah Craig or Knob Creek bourbon.