Wallflower

Some of our favorite places these days span that nebulous territory between bar and restaurant: now there’s Wallflower in the West Village, a collaboration between Xavier Herit, a longtime head bartender at Daniel, and Jared Stafford-Hill, who formerly headed up Maison Premiere in Brooklyn. The cozy space, made up of two small rooms, is a hit with the neighborhood crowd; there’s a four-seat bar straight ahead when you enter, and the second room, to the left, sports cheery orange banquettes, whitewashed brick, and botanical wallpaper. Wallflower is just the kind of place to keep in your back pocket, for when a date is going well, when you’re still a little bit peckish or just want a last drink – and it’s also a place to come for a full meal; in fact, it’s ready to be whatever you want to make it.

Herit’s cocktails are playful yet artfully executed – the Sho Sho is an intriguing mix of a carrot-based shochu, with sherry, lime, carrot-ginger syrup, and, of all things, root beer; an odd-sounding combination that adds up to a smooth and balanced drink. The menu’s elegant options lean French: beef tartare, a handful of crudos, several soups, a foie gras sandwich with quince mostarda, and cheese plates. You’ll also find pates, hearty mains – including tender scallops with cabbage and caviar – and a few desserts.

For more on Wallflower, click here to read our feature on GrandLifeHotels.com