THE CANNIBAL American.
A butcher counter and massive selection of craft beers and artisanal food products are the backdrop of this general-store-like space that serves corned beef tongue with slaw, beef bulgogi sausage, charcuterie, veal tartare and a daily steak. An outdoor patio welcomes guests during warm weather. L& D (daily), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$ 113 E. 29th St., btw Lexington & Park aves., 212.686.5480. FRANCHIA Korean-Vegan.
Inside this serene refuge, diners can experience a traditional tea ceremony with fine lotus or persimmon herbal brews, served with mockmeat- oriented vegan fare, such as tempeh tacos in Korean bulgogi sauce, ginger fried rice, and sweet corn- cilantro pancakes. L& D (daily).
12 Park Ave., btw E. 34th & E. 35th sts., 212.213.1001. THE WATER CLUB American.
Spectacular views of the East River provide a romantic atmosphere in which to dine on North American hard-shell lobster, grilled branzino, filet mignon and rack of lamb, among other savory dishes. D ( Tu-Su), Brunch (Su). $$$ 500 E. 30th St., at the East River, 212.683.3333.