Chef Michael Mina has three other spots in town, and this is his most casual, not to mention the most affordable. The 1842 in the name refers to the year that the pilsner was invented, and so Mina built this restaurant as a gastropub, where the brews are as important as the food. Which is fantastic, because the menu includes foodie-friendly items like lobster corn dogs with crème fraîche mustard, and burgers topped with peanut butter, bacon jam, and potato chips (it works—really!). Each dish looks as beautiful as it tastes. In addition to more than 30 craft and imported beers on tap, there’s a section of the bar menu dedicated to variations of the Moscow Mule. Mina’s wine programs in all his other restaurants are exceptional—that rings true here as well, including wines by the glass.