East Village scenes

Lube up your elbows and hit these flashy spots.

  • DBGB

  • Destination

  • The Hose


299 Bowery between E Houston and 1st Sts (212-933-5300, danielnyc.com)
What it is: Star chef Daniel Boulud’s latest (not to mention most affordable) casual restaurant
Who you’ll see: Big-name chefs like Tom Colicchio and Eric Ripert turn out to support Boulud. The rest of the crowd is straight out of the Avalon Chrystie down the street: young, well dressed and obviously moneyed.
What to order: A burger (there are three, including the traditional Yankee, the BBQ-pulled-pork-topped Piggie and the Frenchie, which features crunchy pork belly), paired with one of more than 70 brews from the extensive international craft list
Names to know: Chef-owner Daniel Boulud, exec chef Jim Leiken and sommelier Colin Alevras (formerly of the Tasting Room)
What to bring: A camera, to document every course for your burgeoning food blog
When to go: The place starts filling up around 7pm—make a reservation if you want dinner—and becomes especially buzzy around 9pm.

211 Ave A at 13th St (212-388-9844, destinationbarnyc.com)
What it is: A new loungelike bar with an old-timey vibe
Who you’ll see: Tech-scene partyers like Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley, Curbed president Lockhart Steele and finance blogger John Carney mingle with postcollege barhoppers in T-shirts and sneakers.
What to order: Jell-O shots: Choose from the Jell-O-Rita (lime Jell-O, tequila, triple sec and a Gummi worm) and the Jell-O Fuzzy Navel (orange Jell-O, vodka, peach schnapps and a Sour Patch Kid).
Names to know: Owners Dan Maccarone (cofounder of Web-design company Hard Candy Shell), Mason Reese (former child star and co-owner of restaurant Paladar) and Chris Sileo (co-owner, with Bruce Willis, of Bowery Wine Company)
What to bring: Your iPhone, so you can tell your friends where you are via Crowley’s social-networking site
When to go: Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm to 4am, and Sunday happy hour from 1 to 8pm

The Cabin Down Below
110 Ave A at 7th St (212-614-9798)
What it is: A subterranean lounge hidden beneath Pizza Shop
Who you’ll see: East Village hipsters and downtown rockers like Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti, who has been spotted here with former flame Kirsten Dunst
What to order: No-frills shots or basic mixed drinks
Names to know: Owners Johnny T (who’s also behind Black & White, Bowery Electric and Niagara), Jesse Malin (also of Niagara) and Matt Romano (drummer in Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.’s band)
What to bring: A copy of the Twilight DVD for recent bargoer Robert Pattinson to sign, should he show up again. Just kidding—don’t ask for anyone’s autograph, please.
When to go: Saturdays after 10pm

Second Floor Bar and Lounge at the Cooper Square Hotel
25 Cooper Sq at 5th St (212-475-5700, thecoopersquarehotel.com)
What it is: A posh glass-walled posing spot at the slick new hotel
Who you’ll see: Men in button-downs and women in heels and designer dresses
What to order: The Basil 8 (Ketel One vodka, muddled grapes, basil, lime juice and ginger ale) or the Cooper Square Spritzer (sparkling wine, St-Germain Elderflower liqueur, grapefruit juice)
Names to know: Ever-present hotel manager Klaus Ortlieb, the scarcer developer Matthew Moss and the now notorious 5th Street Tenants, who are leading a fight against the noise-polluting patio
What to bring: Sunglasses, to shield your eyes from the sun—and the glares from onlooking tenants
When to go: For the patio, show up between 5 and 8pm weekdays. The indoor bar is busy Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8pm to 2am.

The Hose
225 Ave B between 13th and 14th Sts, second floor (212-979-8506, thehosenyc.com)
What it is: A raucous, unmarked gay bar with plenty of dancing
Who you’ll see: Guys in muscle tees and trucker hats, writer Rod Townsend, DJ Josh Sparber and Justin Bond (one half of Kiki & Herb)
What to order: Whatever’s being offered cheap or free that night
Names to know: This isn’t a name-dropping kinda place, but you might want to remember your favorite go-go boy’s moniker.
What to bring: Dollar bills for stuffing into gyrating tighty-whities
When to go: Wednesdays through Saturdays after midnight, and the first Thursday of every month for the Judy dance party

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