With Indian-Spiced Lamb Shank and Spiced Duck, the No-Frills Randall’s Is Actually Elevating the BBQ Game
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 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 spiced duck, Indian-spiced lamb shank, and smoked chopped chicken liver. Pro-tip: give your sauce a kick by upgrading it to “Randall’s Style.”
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. 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. Be sure to stick around for live tunes, where musicians play everything from original jams to Depeche Mode covers.
359 Grand Street, Manhattan
Home Sweet Home
131 Chrystie Street, Manhattan