This East Village bar owes its atmosphere to co-owner and Tony–award-winning set designer William Ivey Long, who filled the cozy pub with stained-glass flourishes, an abundance of orchids, cherrywood-paneled walls and Louise Bourgeois lithographs. Despite frat bait like well-priced beer (the house ale goes for just $5 a pint), there’s little spillover from the area’s college-friendly bars. Instead you’ll find low-key tipplers conversing over fresh-squeezed screwdrivers and greyhounds, made to order with an old-fashioned citrus press on the bar.
197 Second Ave
|Cross street:||between 12th and 13th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat, Sun 4pm–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: L to Third Ave, 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average drink: $7. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|