We all know Danny Meyer strikes gold with restaurants, but now he’s hoping to lend his Midas Touch to the world of bars, too, via Porchlight, a collab with Mark Maynard-Parisi, his Blue Smoke partner. The spot has a classy Southern vibe, which means head bartender Nick Bennett might ply you with a Whiskey & Cola (mellow corn whiskey, Fernet-Vallet, homemade cola syrup) while you snack on jalapeño cheddar cornbread. When the Sazerac becomes one too many, however, the totally chill indoor porch, complete with rocking chairs, comes to the rescue.
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Alia Akkam is a food, drink, travel, and design writer for myriad outlets. Follow her on Twitter.