A diverse selection of restaurants, college bars and laid-back lounges characterize Kips Bay's restaurant and nightlife scene. From sushi, shabu shabu and hot pots at Momokawa on East 28th Street to the fine dining at celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain's Brasserie Les Halles on Park Avenue, the Kips Bay food scene serves up something for everyone. You'll feel like you've left New York
City after stepping foot into Vatan, with the thatched roofs, 20-foot banyan tree and hand painted tables. The menu focuses on Gujarat flavors, offering 19-dish vegetarian meals from a set menu. Be sure to come hungry and be cautious about the peppers you choose to eat.
Ideal for a romantic date or a fun girls' night out, Vanguard Wine Bar offers a quiet, relaxed atmosphere with friendly bartenders who help you choose the perfect glass. In addition to serving wine, champagne and beer, Vanguard also presents you with a menu of small plates. Choose from savory flatbread pizzas such as smoked salmon, caviar and creme fraiche, salads, meat and cheese plates and snacks, such as white bean hummus or roasted almonds with smokes sea salt. If you're looking for a younger, college vibe, mosey over to Third Avenue’s variety of low-key bars. Play dart at Fitzgerald's Pub, an Irish tavern that caters to college students and corporate
workers alike, or catch the game at Taproom No 307, with its craft beers and nibbles like fried cheese curds and tater tots.
When you want to go out and hear live music, check out Jazz Standard, located on East 27th Street, with its chill atmosphere and line up of excellent musicians who play everything from R&B to blues, funk and classic jazz. You can also catch live jazz at Middle Branch located on 33rd between Lexington and 3rd Avenue. For a more adventurous experience, skip the menu altogether and ask for the bartender's choice. After asking you a few questions, the bartender will whip up a handcrafted cocktail that's sure to whet your whistle.
Although the nightlife scene in Kips Bay is relatively quiet, your proximity to hopping nearby neighborhoods offers a world of opportunities at your fingertips. Live music venues, dance clubs, comedy clubs and theaters are just a short walk away in the East Village, Flatiron District, Midtown or the Theater District.