Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
Set in a sleek space with minimalistic design, Hop Alley is Denver’s answer to modern Chinese cuisine. Dishes include bone marrow fried rice, duck rolls with scallion pancakes, and Sichuan-fried chicken. And although it’s a small space (seats less than 60 people), diners can get an up-close-and-personal look at what’s going on in the kitchen. Expect hip hop music, clever cocktails with fancy ice cubes, and paper napkins.