Gourmands from all walks of life—politicians, rock stars, socialites, and hipsters—eat and drink at this bustling bistro and bar in the Ace Hotel. Long, communal tables dominate the space, which means you never know who you'll end up sitting next to. With wood-and-canvas decor, expansive front windows, and an open kitchen, the restaurant has a warm, airy feel, although it can get loud. The seasonally driven menu showcases the region's bounty; you might start with quail
stuffed with maple-bourbon sausage, before tucking into a plate of black-truffle tagliatelle pasta with chicken-heart ragout, chicharrons, pears, and egg yolk. The cocktail list is one of the best in the city; try the barrel-aged Negroni made with Beefeater gin, Cinzano sweet vermouth, Campari, and orange peel, or the bartender's daily punch. Weekend brunch is memorable and there are great happy hour deals, too.