Half Wine Bar Lounge (626 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights; 718-783-4100): "For art director Max Jerome and his wife, Patty (pictured), who live around the corner, the ultimate bar serves wine by the half-bottle and (as soon as the electric kitchen’s up and running) cheese, charcuterie, and upscale panini, like a sandwich of Neal’s Yard Montgomery Cheddar and mango chutney."
Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse (440 Ninth Avenue, near 34th Street; 212-244-0005): "A 48-ounce dry-aged porterhouse, a 24-foot mahogany bar, twenty types of single-malt scotch, an “El Presidente” room, and an opening-party guest list that includes Judith Regan. . . "
ONE Little West 12th (1 Little West Twelfth Street; 212-255-9717): ". . . Nearly everything on his menu is meant to be shared, from Thai-marinated squid tempura and seared Kobe beef in butter lettuce to the $90 Celestial plateau de mer."