Over-the-top sequels can be less than satisfying: Jaws 2's higher body count actually lessened the terrifying suspense of the original, and adding De Niro to Pacino relegated The Godfather: Part II to only the 32nd best movie of all time. For a follow-up going the other direction and becoming more laid back, Mermaid Oyster Bar.
Washing it all down're a mix of appropriate drafts and bottles like Sixpoint Otis Oatmeal Stout, plus classic cocktails like the 20,000 Leagues, a mix of vermouth, Pernod, and gin from Wisconsin called Death's Door -- exactly where you'll find Pacino 'n De Niro once they decide to Righteously Kill their careers with a another sequel.
The Greenwich Village outpost of the Mermaid restaurants is like a chilled-out little brother to its older (and larger) East Village and Upper West Side siblings. The menu features a daily array of East and West Coast oysters, a raw bar that includes littleneck clams and yellowfin tuna crudo, and house hits like beer batter fish tacos and a reliable lobster roll. The long and narrow space includes a bar and outdoor seating.