The James Hotel
23 Grand Street near Sixth Avenue
Dining al fresco on a beautiful night at Treehouse Bar feels like such a treat: it's a casual urban oasis that serves the same menu as David Burke Kitchen downstairs. True to David Burke's form, he adds little unexpected twists to dishes that we may already be familiar with. Tuna tartare is stuffed into mini taco shells with whipped avocado, the crab cake is encased in a pretzel stick-crust, and even a standard brick chicken dish is crowned with a "milanese" egg--a soft-boiled egg that's been rolled in panko bread crumbs and fried to a golden crisp.