The Roost

Restaurants , Cafés East Village
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At this subway-tiled café-bar, a sliding door in back gives way to a wood-paneled beer speakeasy—because of course it does—featuring tufted leather sofas, free Wi-Fi and a 16-draft lineup. Early risers can snag Brooklyn Roasting Company coffee and Balthazar pastries (sticky buns, almond croissants), while night owls can choose from pints like Tröegs Nugget Nectar Ale, also available in to-go growlers.
Venue name: The Roost
Address: 222 Ave B
New York
Cross street: between 13th and 14th Sts
Opening hours: Daily 8am–7pm
Transport: Subway: L to First Ave
Price: Average beer: $7. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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The concept of this coffee shop/beer bar may not be new, but it sure works. The front area looks like your standard hip coffee bar, with white tiles, fancy espresso machines and simple counters, but walk toward the back, and go through the sliding door, and you enter a legit bar with a great selection of suds. You almost miss it unless you catch someone coming or going. There's a lovely skylight, dark-wood seating, and plenty of room for a big group. There's nothing flashy about it, and that's exactly what makes it an ideal spot day or night. If you want pretense, go across the street to that cocktail lounge with the bouncer.