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Huckleberry Bar

Huckleberry Bar

Joining joints like Jimmy's #43 and Cantina, Huckleberry is one of those bars that offer amazing food made in equipment-challenged micro-kitchens.
Forum

Forum

The Forum, one of the few lounges in Union Square territory, brings peace during the weekdays and boisterous partying on the weekends. Saturdays, for example, require plus-sized bouncers to monitor the swarms of cocktail-craving, dancing citizens.
Company Bar

Company Bar

If the hockey jerseys lining the walls at Company Bar don't draw you in, the great food and unpretentious atmosphere surely will. Stop by any night of the week for a refreshing round of hot wings and cold drinks.

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  • La Paella East

    La Paella East

    214 E. 9th St. New York, NY 10003
    212-598-4321

    http://www.lapaellanyc.com It's all about Spain at this tapas spot in the East Village, open since 1995. Inside, rustic wooden furniture, wrought-iron chandeliers and a mural depicting Don Quixote give the place a worn-in, Old World vibe. The mood is often festive thanks to the long list of Spanish wines and pitchers of fruit-filled sangria. As you probably could guess from the name, paella is a big draw here; try the Basque, filled with chorizo, chicken, shrimp, mussels and squid. Ham and cheese croquettes, goat cheese-stuffed peppers, bacon-wrapped shrimp and grilled sea scallops are just some of the small plates on the menu. Choose individually or opt for the mixed tapas plate for two. Several deals are also available: the three-course $13 lunch set and the three-course early bird special (including a beer or glass of sangria) for $17, available between 5pm and 7pm.—Keith Wagstaff Read more about La Paella East >>

  • La Vie Restaurant & Lounge

    La Vie Restaurant & Lounge

    64 E. 1st St. New York, NY 10003
    212-529-3262

    http://www.lavielounge.com

  • La Vie Restaurant & Lounge

    64 E. 1st St. New York, NY 10003-9345
    212-529-3262

    http://www.tutsny.com

  • Leftfield

    87 Ludlow St. New York, NY 10002

  • The Library

    The Library

    7 Ave. A New York, NY 10009
    212-375-1352

    http://www.myspace.com/librarybar The Library is named as such in the same way that Bob Saget's most famous joke is called "The Aristocrats." After taking in its scholarly façade--sullied racks and racks of books--you spot, on a sign above the bar, an advertisement for "The Pube," which consists of a can of Busch and a shot of whiskey, all for $5. That's the drink of a true dive. Grunge and punk music blares in the background, and skull heads decorate the blackened room to match. Read more about The Library >>

  • Lilium

    201 Park Ave. S New York, NY 10003
    212-358-1560

    http://www.gerberbars.com/lilium

  • Lillie's

    13 E. 17th St. New York, NY 10003-1945
    212-337-1970

    http://www.lilliesnyc.com

  • Lit Lounge

    Lit Lounge

    93 Second Ave. New York, NY 10003
    212-777-7987

    http://www.litloungenyc.com Marquee and Tenjune aren't the only places to dance in this town (but you're not there for the dancing, are you?). Lit offers stellar DJs spinning anything with a good pulse (though they tend towards the New Wave, and have for years), surprisingly cheap drinks and frequent open-bar hours, and a tiny, cozy space for boozing/schmoozing. The real intimacy and gyrating is found downstairs in the cave-like bunker where no one cares what you're wearing, only when it's coming off. Read more about Lit Lounge >>

  • Local 138

    Local 138

    138 Ludlow St. New York, NY 10002
    212-477-0280

    Local 138 proves that you only need one item to open a bar: a physical, wooden bar. Nothing special, really, just a plank of wood that separates the bartender and the crowd, and leaves space for some beers to rest in the middle. This spot's boldest decorations include thick turbine fans, golden bronze paint, and two box TVs; it's neither a dirty rock 'n' roll dive nor a tchotchke-laden sports bar, but it ain't pretty, either. Natives and nomads come here precisely for that reason, refueling during the generous 5-to-9 happy hour before reemerging into the night. Read more about Local 138 >>

  • Loreley Restaurant

    Loreley Restaurant

    7 Rivington St. New York, NY 10002
    212-253-7077

    http://www.loreleynyc.com The backyard of this Lower East Side beer garden seems too big to be tucked away on such a narrow stretch of Rivington Street. Walk through the perfectly pleasant dining room, lined with exposed brick lit by hanging chandeliers, to where the real action is: outside. Rows of thick wooden tables are littered with hulking steins of beer, shielded from the rain by umbrellas. You can order 12 different beers by the half-liter and liter, including Spaten, Hofbrau, Radeberger and other brews from Germany. Settle down for an afternoon of drinking or order a full meal. Meaty entrees include the brined, braised and roasted pork shank, sausage platter with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes, and thinly pounded pork schnitzel. If you aren't that hungry, a few warm pretzels or a single bratwurst should hold you over until you are. There are also a few German, Austrian and New World wines available alongside bottled beers and a small selection of cocktails.—Keith Wagstaff Read more about Loreley Restaurant >>

  • Louis 649

    Louis 649

    649 E. 9th St. New York, NY 10009
    212-673-1190

    http://www.louis649.com Doubling as a showroom for owner and furniture designer Andrew Rumpler, the cozy and elegant Louis showcases the man's capable craftsmanship, luring customers with custom-made smooth wooden tables and durable benches, an unglazed porcelain-tile-covered bar top, simple pull-down cabinets, and 1930s art deco lighting designs. If you could care less about sofas, the expansive wine list, delectable hors d'oeuvres, and live jazz could change your mind. Read more about Louis 649 >>

  • Lovers of Today

    Lovers of Today

    132 1/2 E. 7th St. New York, NY 10009
    212-420-9517

    Lovers of Today, the latest in semi-secret Alphabet City cocktail bars, does everything right. As one emphatic Yelp user once declared, "Bring your date here, and you'll get laid." We'd have to agree. This tiny subterranean speakeasy possesses subdued, classic decor with a Hogwarts mystique: vintage chandeliers, weathered plastered walls, leather-booth seating, a mahogany ceiling. And, most importantly, Steven. He's the lanky, bespectacled bartender who prepares 10 types of $12 cocktails, the ingredients of which are delicately painted on the window. "Fan Mail," for example, consists of lime, lavender, honey, aged rum, and champagne. Did you hear that? Lavender! Yeah, these drinks are definitely worth 12 bucks, especially if you're buying two. Read more about Lovers of Today >>

  • Luca Bar

    Luca Bar

    119 St. Marks Place New York, NY 10009-5133
    212-254-1511

    http://www.lucaloungenyc.com

  • Luca Bar & Restaurant

    Luca Bar & Restaurant

    111 Ave. A New York, NY 10009
    212-982-9533

    http://www.yucabarnyc.com Alphabet City's Latin fusion hub, Yuca Bar, entices the gullet through key specials. The happy hour extends from 1 to 8 p.m., all tapas are half off on "Loco Tuesday," and drink specials range from watermelon martinis to caipirinhas. In the spirit of the place's cuisine, the decor mixes together bits and pieces of Latin imagery--clay vases, photos of crowded apartment fronts, sunlight-colored paints--to relaxing effect. An order of plantains completes the experience. Read more about Luca Bar & Restaurant >>

  • Lucid

    110 University Place New York, NY 10003-4508
    212-777-2214

    http://www.pressurenyc.com

  • Lucy

    Lucy's

    135 Ave. A New York, NY 10009
    212-673-3824

    Lucy's is named after the Betty White of Alphabet City: a beloved, alcohol-distributing grandmother figure who presides over a motley mix of locals, regulars, and neighbors. From the sheet-covered windows, you can tell that this quintessential dive is something more than a quintessential dive-it's a clubhouse. People know each other's names here. Fitted with two pool tables, non-seasonal Christmas lights, and neon beer signs, it has all the dive-bar conventions minus the faux-antique decor of neighboring bars--everything in here has aged through genuine repeated use. Make sure to say hi to Lucy when you drop by; she'll be smiling behind the bar. Read more about Lucy's >>

  • Ludlow Bar

    165 Ludlow St. New York, NY 10002-1518
    212-353-0536

  • Ludlow Blue

    85 Ludlow St. New York, NY 10002-3811
    212-614-0916

  • Lunasa

    Lunasa

    126 1st Ave. New York, NY 10009
    212-228-8580

    http://www.lunasabar.com This East Village spot basically takes the traditional Irish pub formula and adds a modern, minimalist sheen to it. Its name roughly translates from Gaelic to "August," which refers both to month the bar was born and to an ancient harvest festival. August is also a great time to enjoy its quaint backyard, where ivy-covered walls surround a handful of wooden benches. During colder months, you can settle in at the bar and watch the game on one of several HDTVs. The owners regularly hang exhibitions from artists they like up on the red brick walls. The bar serves pub fare like bangers and mash, fish and chips, and burgers along with more upscale entrees such as pan-seared salmon and wild mushroom ravioli to go with the 11 beers on tap. Come in during the week (Mon-Fri, 4pm-7pm) for happy hour, where a variety of drinks and appetizers are half-off.—Keith Wagstaff Read more about Lunasa >>

  • M White Bar

    M White Bar

    448 E. 13th St. New York, NY 10009
    646-746-1357

    http://www.mugnyc.com

  • Mama

    Mama's Bar

    34 Ave. B New York, NY 10009
    917-972-7107

    http://kareem-rogers-st2m.squarespace.com/ Sweet simplicity reigns at the newly opened Mamaas Bar, sibling and neighbor of bustling Mamaas Food Shop. Thereas no sign on the door at this cozy, low-key, a40s-style neighborhood joint. Grab a cheap bottle ($4), one of the Brooklyn Brewery beers on tap ($4), or a shot of Mamaas homemade flavor-infused vodkas, which include ginger, raspberry, and cherry varieties. Kick back and check out the hot, bike-riding barflies and delicately assembled jukebox catalog. Read more about Mama's Bar >>

  • Mancora

    Mancora

    99 1st Ave. New York, NY 10003
    212-253-1011

    http://www.mancorarestaurantandbar.com This Peruvian restaurant relocated to the East Village after outgrowing its Brooklyn digs in 2004. Named after a coastal region of northwestern Peru, its menu is filled with seafood like shrimp sautéed in garlic, sweet potato-encrusted red snapper and seven different ceviches featuring everything from salmon to squid. Not everything is from the sea, including meaty dishes like grilled sirloin with chimichurri and Peruvian rotisserie chicken. If you just want to stop in for a Peruvian beer or pisco sour, you can always just order a few tapas at the bar. Also available: margaritas, tropical cocktails and several affordable house wines. The whole place has a lively nautical theme with fishing nets, starfish and an octopus painting contrasting with more subdued design elements like exposed brick walls and flickering tea lights. During brunch, you can get entrees such as grilled steak and eggs or a salmon omelette with a cocktail for under $10.—Keith Wagstaff Read more about Mancora >>

  • Manitoba

    Manitoba's

    99 Ave. B New York, NY 10009
    212-982-2511

    http://www.manitobas.com Despite CBGB's new mantra as a tourist haven, the New York punk scene lives on at Manitoba's, owned by Dick Manitoba, minor rock God and former lead singer for Dictator. If there're no bands thrashing around, the rough-and-tumble jukebox picks up the slack, and the photo collection serves as a tour through punk's history. In these (sniff) post-election days, Manitoba's would be a likely place to ignite a surging anarchy movement. Read more about Manitoba's >>

  • Mary O

    Mary O's

    32 Ave. A New York, NY 10009
    212-505-5610

    http://www.maryosnyc.com

  • Mayahuel

    Mayahuel

    304 E. 6th St. New York, NY 10003
    212-253-5888

    http://www.mayahuelny.com Tequila and its close cousin mezcal are the focus of this cozy East Village cocktail den. The drinks were concocted by Death & Co. bartender Phillip Ward, so you know they're taken seriously. These aren't your standard margaritas; drinks like the Cinnsation (mezcal, mulled apple cider, cinnamon bark and Peychaud's Bitters) and the Cantinflas (mole bitters, tequila, mezcal, sherry and Grand Marnier) utilize fresh, homemade ingredients as well as top shelf liquor. If you want to get schooled in the ways of quality tequila and mezcal (which is made from the same agave plant as tequila), you can always order them in flights of three, which come with a complimentary sangrita. Soak up all that booze with small plates such as chorizo-stuffed shrimp and scallops or full plates like lobster ceviche and tamales filled with mole-braised chicken. The hacienda speakeasy vibe comes from the colorful Mexican tile, smiling Dia de los Muertos figurines and hidden-away stalls.— Keith Wagstaff Read more about Mayahuel >>

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