You have to make reservations ahead of time to get in and get seated so be sure to call. If you have a decent-sized crew, reserve the downstairs room.
Outdoor seating: Yes
Signature Drink: Brown liquor
Close to: The Canal Room (music venue), Jeremy's Ale House (if you're interested in the jeans and T-shirt crowd), the SoHo Grand (trendy downtown NYC scene), Ward III (classy but unpretentious bar in a basement), White Horse Tavern (on a warm night, grab a burger, a brew, and a table outside. Proceed to gawk)