Best On-The-Waterfront Bar (2008)

Lillie's

Adorable Lillie Haws, the young, blond, and pigtailed Tennesseean proprietress of LILLIE'S, opened this breathtaking, eponymous bar just this past March and has obviously put an assload of work into making it fabulous. Although the historical location dates back more than 70 years (customers used to be sailors and other Red Hook Pier locals), the space had been closed for the past decade. Lillie's team cleared a century's worth of trash out of the backyard—glass bottles dating back to 1889 were among the rubble—to create the hands-down most bewitching New York City garden seating I have ever experienced!