398 Brasserie

The 398 Amigos

A Union Square Bistro with Good Drinks

By Sarah Sung ·
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You love Klyde.

For their croque monsieurs. For their little wine bar. For their general Klyde-ness.

So tonight, thought you might be in the mood for... the exact opposite.

Head next door to 398 Restaurant & Bar, an airy, Corinthian-columned bistro that has some Big bartenders behind the counter, opening tonight in Union Square.

This is Klyde’s bigger sister. Instead of a darker, intimate wine-bar setting, this place is bright and airy, with massive windows, high ceilings and towering Corinthian columns that were unearthed during the demolition. And then were left to look like they were just unearthed during the demolition. Art?

Should you find yourself at Westfield Mall or Union Square on one of these final days of 2014, find refuge from the throngs of shoppers and tourists with drinks at the foliage-wallpapered bar. Ask one of the bartenders for a Peter Rabbit (it’s got mezcal, Chartreuse and agave) or just tell them your likes and dislikes, and they’ll whip something up on the fly.

This place is also good for after-work Sazeracs and pâté-croûte at one of the velvet banquettes by the window. Or a pre-A.C.T. dinner date over merlot, Burgundy snails and a 20-ounce chateaubriand.

If you didn’t go to Klyde first.

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