The Great Bite Way: Post-Theater Dining
by Julie Besonen, 05/01/2013
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598 Ninth Ave., 212-765-7626, Midtown West, Manhattan
Not a lot has changed at Zuni since it opened in 1992. It's cozy and rarely crowded, and the prices have stayed low. Finding a glass of wine for $7 and a well drink for $6 is akin to time travel. The bar food, tasty and satisfying, also harks back: chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks with tomato dipping sauce, a plate of nachos fired up with jalapeños and canopied with cheese. Another reason to sit at the bar is to talk theater with Scott the bartender, who's a playwright and sees several shows each season. The full menu, including a burger with barbecued frizzled onions on an English muffin and pan-roasted skate with lemon, caper and toasted almond sauce, is served until midnight every night. No glitz, no glamour here—just a place to relax, refuel and chat before bedtime.