No, it's not really an 1840s whaling bar—though the atmospheric basement, which dates all the way back to 1972, presents a more convincing front than the newer, spiffier upper floors, which attract families and friendly singles alike. A swanky lounge was added in 2013, offering a tapas menu and a large and varied wine and craft beer selection. Upstairs or down, you can dive into the same juicy burgers and signature curly fries, and the entrées—such as peppercorn-crusted
swordfish with a blue cheese potato cake—pack surprising sophistication. In summer, the lines trail down the block; in winter, it's a warm, inviting hideaway.