Lively Vibes

Description

“Straight-up delicioso” describes both the food and the scene at this ever-“trendy” SoHo Mexican comprising a “dive”-like taqueria, casual indoor/outdoor cafe and “ultracool”, hard-to-access underground grotto; the Williamsburg spin-off set in a “futuristic retro diner” comes equipped with a moody back room and “huge outdoor patio.” --Zagat

Address

114 Kenmare St

Neighborhood

SoHo

Vibes

Classy Late Night Pickup Lively

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

A “semi-speakeasy” behind a semi-hidden entrance, this “sceney” but “relaxed” West Villager ranks among the “all-time favorites” for “phenomenal cocktails” via “bartenders who treat their craft as an art”; since it “tends to get packed”, those in the know employ it as a “late-night alternative.” --Zagat

Address

510 Hudson St

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Late Night Lively

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

This second-floor bar above Five Guys creates a handsome setting with original exposed brick and other old-fashioned touches that take a cue from its 1908 building. Guests can kick back in the bar area or a loungey nook by the retired fireplace, sipping cocktails and even ordering up some burgers from downstairs. --Zagat

Address

296 Bleeker St

2nd Floor

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Lively Speakeasy Social

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

This “transformed” NoHo bistro’s latest iteration is a “pleasant surprise” offering “tasty” upmarket French-Italian dishes and “sophisticated” cocktails, downed by a “lively”, “trendy” crowd; with its downstairs lounge and “party” vibe, it “fits the neighborhood to a T.” --Zagat

Address

9 Great Jones St

Neighborhood

NoHo

Vibes

Classy Club Fancy Social Late Night Lively Pickup Romantic

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

Weekends are lively at this neighborhood tavern offering Irish-accented pub food alongside the beer.

Address

56 Greenwich Ave

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Social Late Night Lively Pickup

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

“Barber by day, bar by night” sums up this “unique” East Villager, a men's haircutter proffering a flat-rate trim-and-a-drink deal till 9 PM, when snipping yields to “speakeasy-ness” as a “secret bar” in the back room starts pouring “creative” cocktails; since word's out and it gets “overcrowded”, insiders let their hair down on “off nights.” --Zagat

Address

339 E 10th St

Neighborhood

East Village

Vibes

Chill Social Late Night Lively Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

Creative Mexican fare with Eastern flavors in hip surrounds with a retro vibe, booths & funky lamps.

Address

151 Essex Street

Neighborhood

Lower East Side

Vibes

Classy Club Social Late Night Lively Pickup

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

Funky hangout with vinyl-record & disco-ball decor serving upscale American & Thai comfort food. --Zagat

Address

100 3rd Ave

Neighborhood

East Village

Vibes

Club Fancy Late Night Lively Social

Establishment Type

Restaurant

Description

Bringing Brooklyn-worthy dimensions to the South Village, this massive, 5,000-sq.-ft.beer hall follows through with a distressed, neo-industrial design that’s a mix of exposed brick, communal tables and steel beams galore (it was carved out of a former parking garage); the suds come courtesy of Greenpoint Beer Works, while the crowds – and you should expect crowds – come from all over the place. --Zagat

Address

222 W Houston St

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Lively Social Sports

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

Hip, rustic bar serving cocktails & Luzzo's pizza in a brick-lined space with Edison bulbs & TVs.

Address

310 Bowery

Neighborhood

East Village

Vibes

Classy Late Night Lively Pickup Social

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

While this Irish-inspired FiDi duplex has a “well-deserved” rep as a “cocktail mecca” with a “Bible” of “enviable” craft drinks, its “well-prepared” pub fare is “not just an afterthought”; manned by an “excellent” staff, the saloonish digs “get busy quickly” and “just need more elbow room” when it hops. --Zagat

Address

30 Water St

Neighborhood

Financial District

Vibes

Chill Classy Lively Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

A “secret gem” on a “random” Chinatown side street, this “fancy” lounge tricked out like an “old pharmacy” features “talented mixologists” in “cool lab coats” showing off “mad scientist” skills as they “serve up your medicine” via “serious” designer cocktails; if you can swallow the “premium cost”, it's a “really sweet spot” to “drop the dollars.” --Zagat

Address

9 Doyers St

#1

Neighborhood

Chinatown

Vibes

Classy Fancy Late Night Lively Pickup Speakeasy Chill

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

An Acme vet is behind this retro West Village lounge evoking midcentury cocktail culture in distinct spaces: a horseshoe bar and tiki-inspired dining area on the main floor and a jazzy intimate bar down below. Small bites and burgers accompany classic or signature cocktails, the latter of which can be made with any spirit. P.S. there's also a retro cocktail bar downstairs called Slowly Shirley. --Zagat

Address

121 W 10th St

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Classy Fancy Late Night Lively Romantic Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

Cavernous-like bar with Moroccan setting accompanied by upbeat vibes, great music and dancing.

Address

305 Spring St

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Club Late Night Lively Pickup Social

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

“Incredible” pastas and other “creative” Italian dishes are “done with great care” at this “happening” West Village “standout” where the “polished” staffers also curate an “impeccable wine list”; the “intimate” bi-level digs “bustle” with a “youngish crowd”, so “bring ear plugs” – and good luck getting a reservation. --Zagat

Address

228 W 10th St

#1

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Classy Lively

Establishment Type

Restaurant

Description

Behind an “extra-cool” hidden entrance in a pawn shop, this “vibrant” LES resto-lounge draws a “glam crowd” to “splurge” on “imaginative” New American bites in a bi-level space that “truly is a beauty”; if you “don’t mind a bit of shameless trendiness” (free champagne in the ladies’ room is a “nice touch”), it “does impress.” --Zagat

Address

146 Essex Street

Neighborhood

Lower East Side

Vibes

Classy Club Fancy Late Night Lively Pickup Social Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

“Go with a group” and “order everything” say fans at this LES New American that puts a “creative spin on classic dishes” via “delicious” share plates; the sleek duplex space may “no longer be a place to be seen”, but it remains “lively”, with an “especially good brunch” and many who “still love the vibe.” --Zagat

Address

99 Stanton Street

Neighborhood

Lower East Side

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Late Night Lively Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

Earning an “A+ for creativity”, this “so cool” Lower Eastsider from the Tao Group and chef Chris Santos (Stanton Social) dispenses “elevated” global street fare offered tapas-style amid “stunning” murals (including one by Shepard Fairey); with a “secret entrance” and a downstairs DJ lounge, it’s got “hip” types “obsessed.” --Zagat

Address

199 Bowery

Neighborhood

Lower East Side

Vibes

Club Fancy Lively Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

Italian fare with a modern twist is served in a tiny space with doors that open to the street. Late night weekends turn into a lively event with the waiters doing a congo line. --Zagat

Address

184 Prince Street

Neighborhood

SoHo

Vibes

Lively Pickup

Establishment Type

Restaurant

Description

Funky venue showcasing dance, circus, theatre & cabaret performances in a former ice warehouse.

Address

2 Wyckoff Ave

Neighborhood

Bushwick

Vibes

Fancy Late Night Lively Pickup

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

Miami vibe cocktail bar and restaurant with chill vibes, and great rooftop views. Social and young scene with fantastic drinks.

Address

23 Lexington Ave

Neighborhood

Kips Bay

Vibes

Classy Fancy Lively Social

Establishment Type

Restaurant Bar