New York

Kevin Read, former bartender at Lucky Strike, opened Alchemy as a nod to townhouse gastropubs in London, going so far as to bring in a 100-year-old bar to provide extra authenticity. Count on American and British comfort food with unusual culinary flourishes and above-average taps, meant to be enjoyed in big, comfy booths. The surrounding shelves are crowded with knickknacks that make so little contextual sense that they actually make all the sense. There's even a secluded backyard for prime warm-weather brunch seating.