Cannoli, spiked milkshakes, and the best sliders you've ever had

Stepping up Bleecker Street's burger game one tiny patty at a time is Slide: a narrow, golden-hued, art-lined bar and restaurant from a team that includes Madison Cowan, who used to helm four-star Ashbells in London, won both Chopped and Iron Chef, and is now specializing in three beautiful things: sliders, cannoli, and spiked milkshakes

Madison doesn't want people to think the place is just some grease-joint, and the step-above sliders prove it, even the Classic shown here, with rocket, remoulade, and a special top-secret house blend of meat. Things will get even crazier with joints like a fried chicken/ waffle slider with maple-bourbon pear butter, bulgogi cheesesteak, and even, potentially, joints made from wild boar, ostrich, and gator, so both you and them will be able to say, "Hey, I'm game.

Here's the smoked duck with blackberry chutney, and a duck fat chip on a Parmesan bun

And a stacked-high BBQ pork belly w/ Monterey jack, pickled onions, and fried Brussels sprouts

Cajun sweet potato fries rock a choice of three sauces that're familiar enough to be approachable, but amped up enough to be interesting, including roasted tomatillo and chipotle ketchups

Or they come topped with Parmesan garlic & herb

The cannoli come courtesy of Anthony Fontana, the man behind Stuffed Artisan Cannoli, and feature everything from the coconut and black cherry numbers here, to liquor-infused joints, which Snoop smokes when he really wants to party

The bar is overseen by a dude that managed Crif Dogs for a while, and picked up a few tips from the PD dudes while he was there. His drinks include the Button Down Shirt (gin, lime, grapefruit, and rosemary-infused dark agave), and the Slidezerac, which takes an interesting turn with the addition of tarragon

The bar highlights, though, are the spiked milkshakes: basically boozed-up desserts in a cup like this Peanut Punch with roasted peanuts, sweetened condensed milk, spices, and rum, which will make most things appear to be beautiful

They've also got this rock-lined back area for imbibing and sliding under the stars

All the art is done by local artists and will rotate occasionally. Hey, this guy made as much progress on the crossword as you usually do.