With Brooklyn-style dive bars down every second laneway, it’s refreshing to see a bit of New York City class find its way back into Sydney. This Manhattan-style offering brings together the city’s unique sense of fashion with art deco glamour, leather booths, dapper staff and not a single hot dog on the menu. Sophistication is paramount, like Yamba Prawn Sliders ($16), zesty and fresh with fennel slaw. Share some Manchego Croquettes ($14) with smoked chilli aioli, the perfect cocktail complement – and trust me, the cocktails here are serious business. Take Bowery Lane’s Pharmaceutical Stimulant ($16), a tonic that is sure to cure any ailment with its cold drip coffee injection. Or the Mexican Gateway Fizz ($16), a twist on the margarita with apricot brandy and bubbles. Of course you can still get your New York Cheeseburger ($20), and it is sublime, cooked medium and oozing with juicy goodness. Go all out and match it with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Shake ($7). If a whole BBQ chicken or lamb shoulder is too ambitious, try the pretty-looking, farm-fresh Globe Artichokes ($25) served with ancient grains, heirloom carrots, beets and goats curd. It might be in the business end of town, but Bowery Lane will have you fashionably bowled over.
Shop 1, Level 4, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney (02) 9252 8017
American, Cocktails $$