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Rabbit in the Moon: Temporarily closed as of 3/11/11, reopening soon as The State Room
According to an East Asian myth, if you see a rabbit in the moon you must be in love. After a few of the specialty cocktails at this new West Village gem you may not see bunnies, but you’ll definitely have fallen for the place. Easy to spot amidst its neighbors with an ivy-covered façade (yes, it’s fake, deal with it) and heavy wooden door, Rabbit in the Moon truly harkens back to the traditional UK gastropubs it was modeled after. Fortunately, the food and bar offerings were slightly less-er traditional (read: they actually tasted good). Of course there are the standards, like Old Speckled Hen and Fish-N-Chips, but these are complimented by unique brews like the 21st Amendment Watermelon Wheat ($6), and even more unique menu items, like the decadent fois gras torcheon ($18). The cocktails, like the 8th Street Smash (Maker's Mark bourbon, fresh lemon juice, house brandied cherries, orgeat, simple syrup, whiskey bitters, $14), are creative and refreshing, lending the spot a speakeasy feel that coincides with the dim lighting and antique finishes. On the main level you’ll find a long wooden bar, casual seating, paintings of English greats and a buck sporting a string of pearls (naturally). The upstairs dining parlor features cozy furnishings straight out of your grandmother’s living room…if your grandmother was a wealthy British aristocrat that is.