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Palais Royale

Map & Directions 173 Mott St.
New York, NY 10013


Village Voice's Description

Pairing an entire menu of microwavable meals with 30 types of bourbon is that high-low melding that every ironic New Yorker appreciates, and co-owner Adrian Gallo clearly knows as much. Residing in the former space of well-regarded Chinatown restaurant Wyanoka, his Palais Royale boasts all the greatest hits from TV-dinner land. Entrees of Stouffer's Mac 'n' Cheese ($5) and french-bread pizza ($5) are scrawled in chalk on a blackboard next to the tiny bar up front; the bartender merely nukes 'em up and serves them on the metal bar or at one of the dark, candlelit booths. Order them with either a mini-can of Bud ($2), or go high-brow with a Manhattan using 10-year-old Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon ($8). Two-for-one drink specials from 5-9 (no weenie 4-6 hours here) ensure you'll be getting your share of their finer whiskies, which are best mixed with Ale-8-One (a light ginger ale from Kentucky). Let us also applaud that starter selection from their new jukebox, hovering underneath a flat-screen TV (showing Shaolin Soccer for some reason that night). We don't need to hear Sufjan Stevens on the bloody iPod again. Just give us some "Erotic City," some Swanson's Hungry Man meals, maybe a pool table, and we'll be sated. Oh yeah, and an aquarium to look at while we pee.

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