Devon is a LES bar with obscure drink names (like “The Knowable Universe (compared to the size of a mustard seed)”) and a full menu of upscale bar food. It’s owned by the guy behind Eli’s Night Shift, so the cocktails are unsurprisingly the focus here, but they also serve beer and wine. And while you might come mostly to drink, don’t be surprised if you see a grilled cheese and immediately change your mind. Food-wise, everything we’ve tried here is good - especially the monkfish katsu sandwich and the artichokes. Whether or not you end up eating something, Devon is a good place to know about for group drinks or a date in the area, since it’s cool but doesn’t get as rowdy as some of the neighboring bars.
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