Category Archives: West Village

Little Branch

5littlebranchAnother great bar from Milk & Honey owner Sasha Petraske. With the same amazing cocktails. Just name your poison of choice and they’ll give you a long list of old-school cocktails to choose from. (chilled glasses, and perfectly cut slabs of ice keep the drinks from diluting too quickly). You will also find some of M&H quirky rules: no yelling or misbehaving. Alas, some people need to perpetually be reminded of rule #1 “No name-dropping, no star fucking”

LIve Jazz: Sundays through Wednesdays at around 10:30 p.m.

Cash Only

Hours: Daily, 7pm-3am

20 Seventh Ave. at Leroy St., NY 10011   212-929-436

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Minetta Tavern

Minetta TavernNamed after the Minetta Brook, which ran southwest from 23rd Street to the Hudson River, this tavern was opened in 1937. It was frequented by Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Eugene O’Neill, E. E. Cummings, Dylan Thomas, and Joe Gould among other lesser known writers and poets as well as boxers. It has recently become a hot spot because  it was bought and reopened by Keith McNally, Lee Hanson, and Riad Nasr, the masterminds behind other once must-be-seen-in restaurants: Balthazar, Pastis, the Odeon and Schiller’s. The burger is pretty good and inexpensive ($16) considering that this is THE hot restaurant of the moment. The problem isn’t the bill, but scoring a reservation between 7pm and 10pm.  Good luck!  May your efforts seem worth it!

Dinner: 5:30pm—12am (Mon—Sun)
Supper: 12am—2am (Mon—Sun)

113 MacDougal St., at Minetta Ln, NY 10012   212-475-3850

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4genes-1Gene’s opened in Greenwich Village in 1919 and, other than moving next door in the 1930’s, not much has changed since then. It is rumored that Gene´s was a speakeasy (most places that were opened before or during prohibition were) Danny the manger makes an effort to know his clientele, which is mostly local and long time patrons. You can enjoy good prix fixe dinner daily from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. for $29.95. You can also just sit at the bar and stop time for a while.

Hours: Daily, noon-11pm

73 W. 11th St. , nr. Sixth Ave, NY 10011     212-675-2048

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Marie’s Crisis

1mariescrisiscafeFirst opened in the 1850s as a prostitutes’ den, which lasted through Prohibition. The “Crisis” came from “The Crisis Papers,” which laid out why America had to break from England, written by Thomas Paine, who died in the same building. Feel free to inquire about the alleged ghosts, you will get an ear full.  For the past 35 years, it’s been a super fun piano bar, where Broadway performers and wannabe Broadway performers sing the night away. “Do you your hear people sing?” yes “Guys and Dolls” alike all sing along. So “Tonight”, “Tomorrow” or whenever you go, “Make them hear you” when you sing along.  Great place! Gets a bit overcrowded by middle aged gay men on the weekends, but always tons of fun!

Cash Only

Happy Hour: Daily, 4pm-9pm; drinks $3-$5

Piano Bar: Daily, 5:30 p.m.–4 a.m.

Hours: Daily, 4pm-4am

59 Grove St., nr. Seventh Ave., NY 10014   212-243-9323

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The Anchor

3theanchorA trendy spot pretending to look divey, which was opened not surprisingly by a publicist. The design seems part lodge and part mod. There is a doorman but he basically only cards you. The crowd can be young and/or silly, but it won’t prevent you from dancing it up on the make shift dancefloor in the back. This bar almost feels like it should be in West LA rather than that weird no man’s land west of Soho.

Supposed open bar for $20 with top shelf liquor on Thursday nights from 7 to 9

Hours: Wed-Sun, 10pm-4am; Mon-Tue, closed

310 Spring St., nr. Greenwich St., NY 10013    212.463.7406

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commerceI was drawn to the space at first sight. (It really is just a nice looking pricey restaurant with a bar) Then later I found out why this place seemed to exude so much character; it had a past. It was originally a speakeasy named Blue Mill Tavern, which stayed opened for 5o years, then it was named Grange Hall, a beloved neighborhood hangout. Now it´s just Commerce (as in selling pricey pasta to a trendy crowd) yet you actually can come and enjoy a drink at the bar. The service is amicable and the the crowd is surprisingly relaxed.

Hours: Mon-Thu, 5:30pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 5:30pm-11:30pm; Sun, 1pm-9:30pm

50 Commerce St., nr. Bedford St, NY 10014   212-524-2301

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124 Rabbit Club

rabbitWho says Greenwich Village is all overrun by awful NYU frat bars? I do! But there is an exception: 124 Rabbit Club. The music in the dimly-lit interior is good old indie rock and the vibe is chill. There are more than 65  imported beers, which they take very very seriously. I once made the mistake of asking for a Stella there and was sharply informed that they only had (real) European beers.

Cash Only

Fri-Sat, 6pm-4am; Sun-Thu, 6pm-2am

124 MacDougal St., at Minetta Ln,  NY 10012    212-254-0575

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