You’ll need to read on to hear about them and to see them. And trust us, you want to read on.
The John Lamb: An LES basement with a former Palm chef and a former Gilroy drink man.
Metropolis: An old bank vault beneath Blue Water Grill helmed by a Per Se vet and with drinks from an EMP and Craft one.
The John Lamb: A narrow corridor of Victorian trappings named for a Revolutionary War officer, on the Continental side.
Metropolis: Old-school Manhattan lounge complete with grand piano and drum kit, scattered white-tablecloth four-tops and suede crescent banquettes.
The John Lamb: Farm-to-table (meh) with influences from Colonial times (okay, that’s a little more interesting). Examples include garlic shrimp in a cast-iron skillet, topped with greens, and ricotta gnocchi with carbonara, crispy pancetta, fresh peas and grana padano. Just like Patrick Henry used to love.
Metropolis: All manner of oysters (Rockefeller, margarita jalapeño, etc.), paired with champagne if you please. Also, a Velveeta-topped cheesesteak. Also also, a pepper-vodka-cured salmon with mustard deviled egg and grilled frisée. (Menu here.)
The John Lamb: Stick to cocktails, because one of them is the Chattanooga Choo-Choo, which is tobacco-rinsed whiskey, maple syrup, mesquite barbecue bitters, Angostura bitters and a hickory-salt rim.
Metropolis: All kinds of cocktails, including a lot with champagne, and a large-format menu that’ll serve from two to eight people. One of those is an applewood-smoked white Negroni. Both places are really doing fall drinks well, is what we’re saying.
The John Lamb: First dates and big dinner parties.
Metropolis: Third dates who appreciate some good piano shredding.
The John Lamb: They’re more than willing to make things in their entirety for group dinners—whole hog, whole lamb, duck, turkey, salmon. All that.
Metropolis: Music, sweet music. Jazz, to be specific.
The John Lamb: Here. (Of note: beautiful cocktails, including that Chattanooga one. And scallops, and many other consumables.)
Metropolis: Here. (Of note: beautiful cocktails and bivalves, and many other consumables.)