Lula Mae

Lula Mae has a Cambodian-inspired menu, which is reason enough to check it out for a casual evening in Clinton Hill, especially when you’ve tired of wine bar charcuterie. But past the buzzy, cramped dining room and bar is the real reason we like this spot: a sultry, ‘70s-style cocktail lounge that makes Lula Mae one of the neighborhood’s top nightlife destinations. Take a moment to activate your night vision, then soak in the chocolate leather, gold curtains and disco ball—if it were open past midnight, this could have been a prime after-hours spot for the Studio 54 crowd. The food is more tapas than entrees, but everything goes great with cocktails, and there are a couple of hits: try the 50-50 chicken and duck salat.