Manhattan – NoLIta
18 Spring St. (bet. Elizabeth and Mott Sts.)
Manhattan, NY 10012
- price: $$
- hours: Mon.–Fri., 5pm–4am; Sat.–Sun., noon–4am
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Though it’s helmed by alums of high-end dining meccas the Breslin and Ma Peche, Mother’s Ruin is a pretension-free hideaway in a neighborhood not exactly notorious for being “low-key.” A daily rotating menu of artisanal cocktails (and, if you’re very lucky, a machine that dispenses alcoholic slushies) is complemented by a selection of gussied-up bar snacks like burgers, French onion soup with grilled cheese, fried curry chickpeas, and, on weekends, brunch.