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Order The Blowjob Shot & Hot Pockets-Inspired Apple Pie At This Whimsical Bar

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Strings of pale yellow light set the mood at Ugly Kitchen, an Asian gastropub set in the East Village that absolutely does not live up to its name. The space is casual, but the service is super friendly and charming. The menu focuses on Filipino cuisine and features perfect happy hour eats like pork buns, dumplings, shrimp balls, and spring rolls. Cocktails also offer a unique cultural twist—try the peach cucumber martini or the Weng Weng. Happy hour is through the week (Mon-Fri) from 5 to 9 m. and on weekends, DJs spin till two in the morning. Pro-tip: inquire about the special Kamayan dinner, available only on weekends.

Drinking in style doesn’t mean you have to be stiff. Mister Paradise offers a touch of whimsy, from its mod leather booths to its cheekily named cocktails. Co-founder Will Wyatt, a former employee of NoMad Bar infuses upscale sophistication into low-end staples like the “blowjob shot.” Try the Crossfit Breakfast (aged rum, coconut, and coffee) or the Café Disco (rye whiskey, olive oil, and coffee). If you’re hungry, the whimsy continues onward into the food menu, from Hot Pockets-inspired apple pie to fried chicken served with black truffle honey. Date conversation starters abound too—look around for “weird” image details, like a photo of a sardine coming out of a banana peel or the homage to room 237 in The Shining.

Ugly Kitchen

103 1st Avenue, Manhattan

Mister Paradise

105 1st Avenue, Manhattan

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