PLAN DATE: MON / SEP. 10
First, let’s get messy. Inside Randall’s low-key, no-frills layout—complete with vintage chevron paneled walls, an old-school black, and white menu board, and casual counter service—you can both check your fanciness at the door. Whether you find a cozy corner spot at the bar or brush shoulders with the locals, you’ll especially dig the elevated spin Randall’s gives its barbecue, including spice duck, Indian spiced lamb shank, and smoked chopped chicken liver.
Once you’ve washed the sauce off your hands, make your way over to Home Sweet Home, where you’ll feel—well—right at home. Just head downstairs, follow the crystal chandeliers and chalk-drawn cat and mouse, and embrace the unique aesthetic that is somehow ritzy, divey, and taxidermy-y all at once. With vintage, tufted velvet sofas and a tree root coffee table, this may be the only bar in the city where you’ll find a lion head on your seat, a cheetah on a shelf, and a snarling coyote next to your drink.
Lower East Side
359 Grand Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Give your sauce a kick by upgrading it to “Randall’s Style.”
Home Sweet Home
131 Chrystie Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Be sure to stick around for live tunes, where musicians play everything from original jams to Depeche Mode covers.