Bar in Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

A great way to start the night is by feasting on delectable oysters and clams, tangy ceviches and complex libations at this charming eat-and-drinkery. (There's also an East Village branch.) Come on Sunday or Monday for $1 oysters all night, served with chutneys and spicy dipping sauces, or early (5pm to 8pm) the rest of the week for the same.

Adventurous diners: don't miss the 'bong-smoked' oysters, where fresh oysters take on just a note of smokiness (as in Lapsang tea leaves, not marijuana, lest you were wondering). Dine at the raw bar in front, or the more discreet cocktail bar in back, amid vintage-map wallpaper and vaguely colonial-era decor.