Best Restaurant-Bar That Sticks Up for Its Neighborhood New York 2010 - Teddy's
There are lots of reasons to go to Teddy's, the lovely century-old North Williamsburg saloon at the corner of Berry Street and North 8th: Good food, live music, fine company, and a great jukebox, all of it illumined by those wonderful stained-glass windows bearing the bar's original name, Doelger. There is also the comfort that owners Felice Kirby, Glenn Kirby, and Lee Ornati have used their place as a rallying post for the neighborhood. It's a gathering spot for Neighbors Against Garbage (they're now for Good Growth), the citizens' group that fought a local mob waste tycoon. It's also the unofficial headquarters for the People's Firehouse, the organization that emerged from the great sit-down battle in the 1970s to keep the Engine Company 212 on Wythe Avenue from closing and where Felice Kirby was a long-time spark plug. The fire engine is gone now, the victim of another round of cuts. But thanks to a dream hatched over many pints at Teddy's, the firehouse is soon to be restored as the North Side Town Hall Community and Cultural Center, with space for exhibitions and meetings. That calls for another round.