Photo credit: Michael Tulipan
Ok, everybody — it may not be September yet, but it's time to get the hell back to school.
Raising the Bar: Goldenrod Open now
P.J. Hanley's, once the oldest bar in Brooklyn, has undergone a facelift and a name change, and lately debuted wine on tap, 40 brews, and a luxe old-school interior (pictured) — but there's still sawdust on the floor for all you traditionalists.
449 Court St. (4th Pl.), Carroll Gardens
Pew Pew Mew! Izakaya Mew Open now
This casual Japanese pub specializes in deep-fried snacks — karaage chicken, kabocha croquettes — and offers a selection of grilled meats and sushi in addition to beers and a wide selection of sakes.
53 W. 35th St. (6th Ave.), Herald Square (646-368-9384)
What a Brat: Clinton Hall Open now
You'll find burgers, schnitzel, pretzels, eight kinds of brats and wursts, and 20 draft beers (both local and European) at this new 4,000-square-foot FiDi drinking den, with outdoor space to soak up the last of summer.
90 Washington St. (Rector St.), Financial District (212-363-6000)
Whatta Loada Crêpe: Eight Turn Crêpe Open now
Japanese-style rice-flour crêpes are the name of the game here, and they're stuffed with everything from Thai chicken and truffled eggs to blueberry cheesecake and matcha custard.
55 Spring St. (Mulberry St.), Soho (212-334-3408)
Tokyo Mitzvah: Shalom Japan Open now
Two alums from Mile End and Annisa partnered on this mash-up joint, which serves Japanese-meets-Jewish bowls of beef-and-beet udon, challah made from sake lees, and panko-caraway lamb ribs.
310 S. 4th St. (Rodney St.), Williamsburg (718-388-4012)