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
296 Bleeker St
Lively Speakeasy Social
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
9 Great Jones St
Classy Club Fancy Social Late Night Lively Pickup Romantic
Weekends are lively at this neighborhood tavern offering Irish-accented pub food alongside the beer.
56 Greenwich Ave
Social Late Night Lively Pickup
“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
339 E 10th St
Chill Social Late Night Lively Speakeasy
Primo “people-watching” abounds at this “fun”, all-day Bowery Hotel Italian that lures “scenesters” with a “romantic”, “country-chic” setting festooned with “hundreds of candles”, plus a sidewalk patio; “tasty” fare, “attentive service” and “fair prices” make the “no-rez” policy (except for hotel guests) less of a drag. --Zagat
Chill Classy Social Romantic
Creative Mexican fare with Eastern flavors in hip surrounds with a retro vibe, booths & funky lamps.
151 Essex Street
Lower East Side
Classy Club Social Late Night Lively Pickup
Funky hangout with vinyl-record & disco-ball decor serving upscale American & Thai comfort food. --Zagat
100 3rd Ave
Club Fancy Late Night Lively Social
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
222 W Houston St
Lively Social Sports
Hip, rustic bar serving cocktails & Luzzo's pizza in a brick-lined space with Edison bulbs & TVs.
Classy Late Night Lively Pickup Social
Cavernous-like bar with Moroccan setting accompanied by upbeat vibes, great music and dancing.
305 Spring St
Club Late Night Lively Pickup Social
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
146 Essex Street
Lower East Side
Classy Club Fancy Late Night Lively Pickup Social Speakeasy
“Dimly lit”, exposed-brick quarters with a cool “catacombs vibe” set the scene for “tantalizing” specialty drinks via a “solicitous” staff at this subterranean Chelsea Market bar; the “ample space” can get “crowded” and “frenetic” come the weekend, though school nights are “surprisingly chill” and “conversation-friendly.”
425 West 15th Street
Chill Classy Late Night Social
Miami vibe cocktail bar and restaurant with chill vibes, and great rooftop views. Social and young scene with fantastic drinks.
23 Lexington Ave
Classy Fancy Lively Social