A sweet newly opened cocktail den. Yes, yet another speakeasy-ish place. But, this one has a grand baby piano for live ragtime music. It’s a widely know fact that bars with pianos are more fun. Disclaimer: this place is in Greenpoint, not Manhattan. I guess the name Brooklyn Inn was already taken. (BTW neither are Inns) Cocktails are just $9 bucks, but just as fancy as what you find in the pricer and snottier zip codes and with a lower douchebag ratio. On a busy B&T weekends, trust me, this is a better Manhattan to be Inn.
Mon. – Thurs. 4 pm to 2:30 am, Fri.- Sat. 4pm to 4 am, Sun. opens 11:30 for brunch
632 Manhattan Ave. Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY 11222, 718-383-0885
This place was opened in 1932 and was originally called Bar Central, prior to that it was a speakeasy. Then owners Jack and George took it over in 1972 and it quickly became a preppy mecca. Soon the parents of these prepsters started going too, on account of the bar’s quirky decor (everywhere you look there is a painting of a melon.) Then it got to the point that the Kennedys were coming and then, none other that Grace Kelly ended up kicking back a Heineken at the bar, while waiting an hour for a table. To this day, although less, celebrities like Seinfeld keep on coming for the famed burgers and Bloody Marys. So if you hear someone say “look at those melons” you can be sure it’s a preppy’s sad attempt to be funny.
Hours: Daily, 11:30am-2:30am
1291 Third Ave., at 74th St., NY 10021 212-744-0585
On weekend nights Manhattan can be pretty treacherous. So if you want a plush view and some house music, why not trying crossing the bridge in the opposite direction of traffic? The Ravel is just across the Queensboro Bridge and it has one of the best views of the city. Situated on the 6th floor of the Bestwesterny wannabe designer hotel the Ravel. Now, when you get here don’t let the line put you off. If there is one, it is basically because of the 6 persons capacity elevator that is also pretty slow. But once you get up top you’ll see that the vide is pretty easy going. Also beware that they have a silly and very particular dress code: No shirts with printed logos, faded clothing, work boots or sneakers, baseball hats or oversized clothing. Hey, they are trying to run an “upscale establishment” here, if only the clubs in the MeatPa would follow.
Hours: Mon-Wed. 4pm to 2am, Thurs.-Friday. 4pm to 4am Sat. 2pm to 4 am Sundays 1 pm to 2 am
8-08 Queens Plaza South, nr. 43rd Ave. Long Island City, NY 11101 718-289-6101
Named 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
New York Mag says it’s Miami on the Hudson, while the venue on its website describes itself as Plam Springs inspired. I am just gonna call it as I see it, which is just plain tacky. It is like the 230 Fifth of the Westside; a rooftop garden with a nice view, a cheesy lounge downstairs, a sleazy doorman, bored waitresses in skimpy dresses and long lines after 1o pm. And hell, here the view is only nice if you look west towards the water (the aircraft carrier Intrepid is docked right bellow). If you must go, do it prior to 8, which is when the happy hour ends and before the crowd regulars have crossed over the Lincoln Tunnel.
Happy Hour: Tue-Fri, 5pm-10pm; 2 for 1 speciality drinks and Bud Lights
Hours: Tue-Fri, 5pm-4am; Sat 9pm-4am; Sun, 2pm-9pm (brunch)
621 West 46th st nr. Eleventh Ave. 212-315-9400
A brand new bar opened by the owners of the ultra hip (Beatrice Inn and Smith & Mills) except the twist is that it is supposed to be a sports bar. Maybe that’s why they partnered with Sean Avery of the New York Rangers. The bar is full of New York sports memorabilia: old black-and-white photos of McEnroe, Yogi Berra drinking a Bud in the Yankees locker room, etc. There are TVs, table top Donkey Kong and burgers, I guess that’s what passes in Tribeca as “so blue collar”!
77 Warren St, nr. W. Broadway, NY 10007 212-227-8994
You know how there are places you are really curious about and have to see for yourself, despite your better judgment? 230 fifth is just that type of place. On top of what was once the Victoria hotel, 20 floors up, in the first level of the club there is a lounge that is as big as it is cheesy. Then on the rooftop is a spacious and very green open air space. This is much better, yet the shrubs lining the surrounding walls obscure a bit of the view. This place is like an outdated Meat Packing joint, all flash and no class. Even the waitress begrudgingly know this (maybe that’s why they are so cranky). The only way to enjoy the view is if you come early (5ish), plus this way you hardly have to deal with the obnoxious doorman (don´t say i didn’t warn you).
Hours: Daily, 4pm-4am
230 Fifth Ave., 20th fl, at 27th St., NY 10001 212-725-4300