The thrift-store decor (mismatched chairs with sagging seats, statues of the Virgin Mary and a faux fireplace) makes for a charmingly shabby backdrop at this downtown dive, a favorite among laid-back creative types and the occasional gaggle of NYU students. Libations range from basic brews (eight on tap include Blue Point Toasted Lager) to house cocktails like the Mean Bean martini, made with vodka and spicy green beans from Rick’s Picks. DJs spin every night (except Monday), providing a sultry soundtrack for the singles lounging in the conversation-friendly back room.
47 E Houston St
|Cross street:||between Mott and Mulberry Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 5pm–4am; Sat, Sun 6pm–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: B, D, F, M to Broadway–Lafayette St; 6 to Bleecker St|
|Price:||Average drink: $5. Cash only|