In addition to cheap bars and karaoke dens that cater to the NYU crowd, you'll also find sophisticated wine bars among the drinking options in Greenwich Village. And any self-respecting cheesehead will find themselves rooting for the Packers at sports bar Kettle of Fish.
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Bars in Greenwich Village
Alibi’s intimate basement lounge, stuffed with banquettes, upholstered cubes and divans, aims for a slightly more upscale ambience than other bars on a persistently grungy strip. Another plus is the reasonably priced martinis (instead of beer by the pitcher). But the hoped-for junior-CEO or dressier postcollegiate crowd hasn’t quite materialized yet.Read more
French natives Samie Didda and Germain Michel have brought their popular San Francisco wine bar to New York. The pair's heritage carries through to the 300-bottle wine list and small-plates menu, which features Gallic dishes like daube provençale (red-wine–braised lamb), steak tartare and Emmental-stuffed ravioli with truffle oil. Wine-bottle sconces light the 56-seat spot, which includes a wood coffee table and red epoxy-topped bar.Read more
This bi-level beer hall in the West Village lives in a space that was once a cooperage—that is, a barrel manufacturer. Forty taps dispense mostly craft brews, including domestic and international picks like Chicago’s Goose Island IPA and Belgium’s Chimay Tripel. Or nurse a whiskey or winter cocktail beside one of Amity’s two working fireplaces. Look out for a variety of burgers on the food menu.Read more
The venerable Bar 13, a casual two-level club (three, if you count the roof deck), is notable for having a pair of the smallest licensed dance floors in the city. It's also notable for its split personality, with music ranging from frat-boy rock and hip-hop to under-the-radar drum ’n' bass, house and techno.Read more
Find billiards, music and booze at this casual Soho lounge and cocktail bar, from the owners of Gatsby's and Firefly. The bi-level space—featuring exposed brick, navy stools and a pool table in the back—offers respectable craft suds (Brooklyn Brewery, Chimay, Delirium) and frilly cocktails (chocolate martinis, melon mojitos). On Friday and Saturday nights, DJs spin Top 40, electronic and dance music.Read more
Somehow, the place is still open, running on the fumes of its illustrious past as a ’60s beatnik-and-incipient-hippie hangout. Ginsberg and Dylan lingered, Hendrix and Havens played, and what remains is history—and tourists. The decent house band cranks out live rock, funk and R&B for an enthusiastic bunch (Wednesday to Sunday, after 9pm). And if you’re hungry, Mamoun’s Falafel is right next door.Read more
Brooklyn Bowl upped the alley ante when it opened, and now Bowlmor Lanes throws in its chips with this Coney Island–themed venue. By day, Carnival is a family-friendly spot with face painters and concession stands selling cotton candy and hot dogs. By night, it becomes a bar, furnished with both an actual dunk tank and a drink named after one: a $70, two-gallon monster of vodka, Malibu Rum, gin and juice.Read more
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This cozy corner bistro isn't pushing any boundaries when it comes to food or decor: the former—hearty Provençale-style dishes—are rendered straightforwardly, while the latter—a French country-style look accented with red leather banquettes—is welcoming but unremarkable. Unlike many of NYC's envelope-pushing eateries, Chez Jacqueline isn't experimenting with agar agar on the plate or abstract art on the walls—and therein lies its appeal. Keeping up with the city's ever-evolving dining scene can be exhausting: sometimes, it's best to quit comparing Yelp reviews and surrender yourself to the comfort and dependability of one of New York's steadfast cafes and steakhouses, the kinds of places where you're guaranteed smooth service and tasty, uncomplicated food. Chez Jacqueline, open in the bustling West Village for more than three decades, is an exemplar of this genre. Service at the restaurant is flawless from start to finish, with attentive, solicitous waiters and hosts, and the plates, if unexciting, are well-executed and quite a good value. Of the appetizers, it's best to stick with the robust Provençale options. Panisses, hearty chickpea fries shaped from a polenta-like batter, are a spot-on rendition: burnished and crispy on the outside, tender within and flecked with plenty of piquant black pepper. A classic crock of French onion soup doesn't fare so well, lacking the deep, beefy flavor of more expert preparations and boasting a handsome cap of melted Gruyere but missiBook now Read more
Every type of tippler needs a clubhouse. Beer lovers have spots like Jimmy's No. 43, where a constant lineup of tastings and events connects patrons and producers. Spirits geeks gather for classes at Astor Center and find common ground at the city's new breed of egalitarian cocktail joints. And now, oenophiles have a hangout of their own: Corkbuzz, a much-anticipated hybrid that offers a restaurant, wine bar and educational center within spitting distance of Union Square. With its design-mag decor and $15 glasses of wine, it doesn't quite have the for-the-people edge of Terroir. But the earnest educational angle, as well as the youthful energy of owner Laura Maniec (the world's youngest master sommelier), permeates the place and delivers its own inviting appeal. DRINK THIS: Before you drink anything, chat with one of the staffers, who preach the Maniec gospel to patrons as they navigate 35 by-the-glass options and around 250 bottles. While the surrogate somms can get a bit gushy ("Laura is super into magnums," exclaimed one waiter as he filled our glass from a large-format bottle), they're a solicitous bunch, and they seem genuinely committed to helping you find something you like. The globe-trotting menu from Hayan Yi (Daniel, Le Bernardin) feels slightly uneven if you're trying to cobble together a full meal, but it lends itself well to pairings. Kumamoto oysters ($15) fried in scallion-pancake batter are forgettable, but they get a zippy boost from bright, acidic muscadetsRead more
Come for the negroni, stay for the vibe and just move right in for the pasta. It's that simple, pleasure-seeking ideology that embodies Dante, the beloved MacDougal Street Italian café turned small plates restaurant and cocktail bar in 2015. After a century as a staple in the once predominantly Italian neighborhood, the original owners, a Fiotta family, sold the name to an Australian hospitality group helmed by Linden Pride (AvroKO), who revamped both the decor (green-leather banquettes, a pressed-tin ceiling) and menu, but preserves the storied history through classic Italian food and drink. Overseen by renowned Sydney-born bartender-journalist Naren Young (AvroKO), the bar program centers on the European tradition of the afternoon aperitivo, which is showcased finely through a daily $9 negroni session from 4pm to 7pm. On a recent visit, a shaken negroni frappe proved more fluffy and refreshing than the original with dominating notes of citrus, while a cold-brew–laced negroni coffee swizzle allows even a subtle aroma of java to shine. Beyond those classic variations, Dante’s house offerings include the simple yet photogenic Garibaldi ($12; Campari, fress-pressed orange juice) and a refined take on the classic Pimm’s Cup ($14). While the drinks are attention-grabbing, executive chef Rachael Polhill's health-friendly bar fare is certainly nothing to sleep on either. Composed of small plates, the menu is perfect for sharing. A starter of juicy heirloom tomatoes tossed with shRead more