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A breath of fresh air on the UES scene. Go for the industrial decor (porcelain-tiled floor, salvaged lighting fixtures, and a wooden ceiling made from America’s oldest water dam); stay for specialty cocktails like the Old Pal Spencer (Bulleit bourbon, Aperol, Dolin Rouge vermouth, bitters) or countless glasses of the house spritz. Old-school country, bluegrass, and jazz tunes keep you coming back for more.
The Penrose, 1590 Second Avenue, between 82nd and 83rd Streets (212-203-2751 or penrosebar.com).
She’s an actress with a Ph.D. in neuroscience — and she’s one hell of a vegan cook.