It may not be as hard to get in as it was back in 2003 when Keith McNally first opened this sceney hangout on the Lower East Side but it still has the allure, with excellent bistro fare, sexy cocktails, and the kind of atmosphere that is as comfortable for celebrities or parents with a strollers. This is vintage Parisian à la McNally: verdigris mirrored panels, forever-in-style subway tiles, a tin ceiling, and a checkered floor, while Cuban sandwiches and steak frites
reveal a steady hand in the kitchen. This is also the place for a late-night bite, since the kitchen is open until midnight every night except Friday and Saturday, when food is served until 3 am. Breakfast is served weekdays until 4 pm, with brunch on the weekends.