Last month, restaurateur Gabriel Stulman (of Happy Cooking Hospitality) re-concepted his West Village Italian restaurant, Perla, into Fairfax, a Mediterranean restaurant with a straightforward menu and a great wine list. Part of the swap was changing out formal dining room tables for living room furniture and communal tables, making it super comfortable, but more of a drink-and-snacks place than a full dinner destination. If you come before 6:30, you can get a glass of wine and a plate for $20. It’s also a great place to host a party.

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