Opened: February
Neighborhood: East Village
Address: 355 Bowery

Big, loud, stylish restaurants dot the Bowery, yet Wise Men-actually a trio of savvy ladies from the fashion, art, and hospitality worlds-stands apart from the pack for its thoughtfully seductive interior bedecked with geometric marble and red-and-white wallpaper that cerebrally delineates Kobe beef. Yes, the crimson banquettes teem with folks on the social circuit, but it's also a surprisingly comfortable spot for a post-Bowery Ballroom date over caramelized onion-rye patty melts and retro tipples like the Bee's Knees.