Archive for April, 2014
3rd Ave. btw 12th and 13th St.
A decent sized bar that is a bit more subdued that it’s neighbors, which helps to draw a different crowd (slightly older, quieter, and more room to maneuver). It’s just a basic bar, some tables in front and back, friendly service. Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
St. Mark’s Pl. btw 1st Ave. and Ave. A
This place changed from the Village Joker before I even had a chance to go in there, so lets hope it fares better. Went in around happy hour and I was the only costumer. Went by again on a weekend, still empty. It’s one open space, not as lively as its neighbors, friendly bartender. Average beers at average prices, taste fine.
59th St. and Broadway
One of two bars in the Time Warner Center, this one has a pretty sweet view, though definitely lacks in space. If you can’t get one of the few tables here, there about 8 bar stools to try and grab, otherwise you’re out of luck. All wine and cocktails, crowd is older with an occasional tourist tossed in. Service is friendly, drinks a little pricey (~$13 for a cocktail), taste fine.
44th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Used to be the Irish Rogue, but they’ve opened the space a little (and construction still looks ongoing) so it’s a little more room to breathe in here. Still the same good amount of sports available, good amount of space to sit, service is friendly. Average and above average beers on tap, average prices, taste fine.
Essex St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.
It’s an arcade with beer, and that’s about it. Games ranging from old to older, usually crowded and gets a little tight but I never had to wait long at all to play. Crowd ranges from 20’s to 30’s to gamers. There’s booze in the back, average taps at average prices, taste fine.
Essex St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.
Used to be Mason Dixon, and its thankfully very different. While they may be the worst hidden bar (can’t tell if they’re going for the speakeasy thing with the tiny store up front), its by no means the worst. This place is usually always packed, whether you’re here for brunch or to grab a bite while packing in to this large space. Tables in back, bar area up front, all filled to the gills. Food good, service good as well, above average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Nurse Bettie (Norfolk St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.)
A decent bar/lounge that caters to those looking to avoid the louder Essex Street scene, or to those just passing through on their way to another bar. Decent sized space with seating all around, friendly staff, crowd is 20’s and 30’s. I can’t vouch for the Burlesque shows that go on here, just throwing it out that they do have them (guess we were too early on a Saturday), but when I passed by during one, the place was packed. Above average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Norfolk St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.
Speakeasy’s, take note. This is how it should be. If I’m not walking through a back alley or don’t have an opportunity to move a bookshelf, you’re just a basement bar. Anywho, make your way past said alley into a pretty big space holding a mixed crowd of young and old. Good place to hang with a group of friends, cocktails at average prices (~$11), taste fine.
Sunita Bar (Norfolk St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.)
I’ve walked by multiple times and it’s been open, so I can’t confirm that the business hours are whenever the owner would like to open. That aside, there’s really not much to the place. Basically a small open room, a few seats away from the bar, basically just feels like a place to wait before heading elsewhere. A quiet bar compared to its neighbors, average drinks at average prices, taste fine.
Clinton St. btw Houston and Stanton St.
This is a pretty interesting idea. It’s an art gallery/performance space with a small bar up front. They thankfully allow you to wander the galleries with your drink, and even have some space to sit down amongst the displays. Staff is nice, above average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.