Here's a look around the ultra-retro dining room that recently replaced the dive-y Broome Street music venue Happy Ending. The new proprietors chose to keep the name, but change just about everything else about the old "massage" parlor turned bar. Now it serves a petit food menufrom Francis Gabarrus, who ran the kitchen at Michelin-starred restaurant La Ville Stings in France, and put in some time at French Laundry. There's a definite French accent, but some other nationalities work their way into dishes like steak tartare with "Mediterranean and Japanese flavors." The cocktail menu offers some updated classics, like a take on a Moscow Mule, and a Hemingway daiquiri made with rum, Maraschino liquor, fresh lime, and grapefruit.
Happy Ending, 302 Broome Street, Lower East Side