Knife & Fork - Skip the liquor bar. If you’re looking for a semi-sophisticated, quasi-secret locale to get your wine and beer on Knife and Fork is the spot. Head to the East Village’s cozy den for a pre-party beer, and choose from a variety of Belgians and outside-the-box brews, including Arrogant Bastard Ale and Lucifer. There are no domestics, and only O’Hare is on tap, so don’t bother if you’re strictly a dive bar snob (if there is such a thing). The small room is intimate and wood-rich with elegant details. Candles flicker in holders dressed in ornate, delicate Asian beaded patterns of gold flowers and starbursts. The environment fosters group dining and casual dating at white-clothed tables and pillow sprinkled banquettes. Try the cheese platter; it’s simple and amazing with rich varieties and yummy bread, fresh from the oven.