Maiden Lane is an Alphabet City bar that’s perfect for some casual day drinking. It’s friendly, there are plenty of windows, and they do a handful of seafood small plates. It feels like a real neighborhood spot, and we suggest you come here with friend or two early in the night.
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99 Favor Taste
99 Favor Taste is a hot pot/Korean barbecue chain, and this location on St. Mark’s is open late every night. Stop by for a fun group dinner.
Lui’s Thai Food
Lui’s Thai isn’t anything special, but it’s a decent weeknight option in the East Village.
Short Stories is a little East Village bar that’s great for a relatively quiet cocktail.
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JG Melon is an Upper East Side burger institution. It's also the best and cheapest thing you can hit for lunch after the Met.
Bierwax is a bar in Prospect Heights that specializes in craft beers and vinyl. It’s a fun spot to listen to loud music, and it has a nice backyard.
Bonnie's Grill is a great neighborhood spot with a full menu of divey bar food classics. However, we still need better options for wings in the city, and Bonnie's doesn't quite make the cut.
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Holiday Cocktail Lounge
Holiday Cocktail Lounge is a cross between a dive and a cocktail bar, and it's the sort of place you hope to find in the East Village.
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