Monnie Burke's

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Abu-Taleb and his wife Margi transformed a tiny, 25-foot-wide building with its own private-parking area. They expanded the frontage farther east, eliminating the driveway, and transformed the rear space into a 198-seat, landscaped patio with a poured-concrete floor, light strings, outdoor bar, hot-tub-sized fire pit and a wood-lined back area suitable for live music. Lance Bowman, another Folkart alum, heads up the cocktail program, which features an addictive smoked-mango margarita, a sturdy Jimmy & Johnny with rye and apple brandy, a signature Paloma with a bitter hit of carciofo liqueur and, at brunch, the Spice Note, a singularly wicked bloody mary.