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New York meets New Orleans in this Alphabet City joint from the men behind the uber-hip Employees Only and SoHo House kitchen. New York or New Orleans, the tough-to-find spot attempts to transport one back to another era, one lit by 1800s lanterns. The menu is likewise a fusion of the aforementioned, with such reasonably priced bar snacks as whitefish and caraway chips ($6) and fried pickled okra with remoulade ($6). Larger bites include orecchiette with sweet sausage ($16) and red snapper ($19), though there’s a large vegetarian-friendly section ($6 a veggie or 3 for $15) featuring ingredients from a backyard garden. Drinking options are restricted to wine and beer, though the Alley tries its best to offer non-hard alcohol cocktails ($9 each) such as the "Lemongrass Mimosa" and "MapleTap." Wine is by the glass (from $9 up) or bottle (starting at $36), while the beer list is small but well-thought-out, with pints from breweries such as Founders and Two Brothers ($6-$8). Exchange Alley was envisioned as a place to hang out at all day, and you’ll have to admit, it’s way better than the local Starbucks.