Bars I'm Thankful For, 2017

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! To celebrate, here is a list of bars in NYC that I know and love. Since I already know and love them, they won't be getting a full review. In the spirit of being thankful for the good things in life, I raise a glass to the places I can always rely on. Bottoms up!


Angel’s Share: 8 Stuyvesant St nr 3rd Ave, East Village (cocktail bar)

Mace: 649 E 9th St nr Ave C, East Village (cocktail bar)

Pouring Ribbons: 225 Ave B btw 13th and 14th St, East Village (cocktail bar)

The Third Man: 116 Ave C btw 7th and 8th St, East Village (cocktail bar)

The Wayland: 700 E 9th St at Ave C, East Village (cocktail bar)

The Randolph: 349 Broome St btw Bowery and Elizabeth St, Little Italy (cocktail bar with an excellent beer bar next door)

Nitecap: 151 Rivington St btw Clinton and Suffolk St, Lower East Side (speakeasy cocktail bar)

The Penrose: 1590 2nd Ave btw 82nd and 83rd St, Upper East Side (cocktail bar)

Uva: 1486 2nd Ave nr E 77th St, Upper East Side (wine bar)

French Roast: 2340 Broadway at W 85th St, Upper West Side (24/7 French cafe. Lots of fond high school memories for me here.)

Dante: 79-81 Macdougal St btw Bleecker and W Houston St, Greenwich Village (Italian cafe/cocktail bar. They have an entire menu of Negronis!)

Little Branch: 22 7th Ave S at Leroy St, West Village (speakeasy cocktail bar)

Bathtub Gin: 132 9th Ave btw 18th and 19th St, Chelsea (speakeasy cocktail bar where I used to work. Pro tip: go between 5pm-7pm before it gets too crowded. And go Monday night because it's jazz night.)

Cooper’s: 169 8th Ave btw 18th and 19th St, Chelsea (pub-y bar/restaurant that has good food and good beer)

The Bennett: 134 W Broadway btw Duane and Thomas Sts, TriBeCa (20’s-style cocktail bar) *UPDATE: The Bennett has closed*

BlackTail: 22 Battery Place at Pier A Harbor House, Battery Park (Cuban-style cocktail bar)


denizen: 88 Roebling St at N 7th St, Williamsburg (wine bar)

The Four Horsemen: 295 Grand St btw Roebling and Havemeyer, Williamsburg (wine bar)

Huckleberry Bar: 588 Grand St btw Lorimer and Leonard St, Williamsburg (cocktail bar and maybe my favorite bar on earth)

Noorman’s Kil: 609 Grand St btw Lorimer and Leonard St, Williamsburg (whiskey and grilled cheese, it's perfect)

The Twenty: 177 Grand St nr Bedford Ave, Williamsburg (cocktail bar. Can you tell I live in Williamsburg?)

Featherweight: 135 Graham Ave btw Johnson Ave and Boerum St, East Williamsburg (cocktail bar)

Pine Box Rock Shop: 12 Grattan St btw Bogart St and Morgan Ave, East Williamsburg (beer bar with killer vegan empanadas)

The Topaz: 251 Bushwick Ave btw Montrose and Johnson Ave, East Williamsburg (cocktail bar)

Ramona: 113 Franklin St btw Greenpoint Ave and Kent St, Greenpoint (cocktail bar)

Torst: 615 Manhattan Ave nr Nassau Ave, Greenpoint (Danish beer bar)

No. 7: 7 Greene Ave nr S Oxford St, Fort Greene (bar/restaurant with broccoli tacos I could eat every day)

Olea: 171 Lafayette Ave at Adelphi St, Fort Greene (delicious Mediterranean restaurant that has a cute little bar)

Prospect: 773 Fulton St nr S Oxford St, Fort Greene (bar/restaurant with a great happy hour)

Clover Club: 210 Smith St btw Baltic and Butler St, Cobble Hill (one of my favorite cocktail bars)

Grand Army: 336 State St at Hoyt St, Boerum Hill (cocktail bar)

Butter & Scotch: 818 Franklin Ave btw Union St and Eastern Pkwy, Crown Heights (dessert/cocktail bar that has drinks with names like "new phone who dis")

Chavela’s: 736 Franklin Ave at Sterling Pl, Crown Heights (Mexican restaurant with great margaritas. Every time I go here I run into someone who went to my college.)

Wheated: 905 Church Ave btw Coney Island Ave and E 10th St, Flatbush (pizza and cocktails, what more could you want?)


The Last Word: 31-30 Ditmars Blvd at 33rd St, Astoria (speakeasy cocktail bar)

I'm sorry Queens, I'll drink in you more.

I'm also sorry to The Bronx, and less sorry to Staten Island, for not making the list. I'm not that familiar with these boroughs! If you've got a spot in either Queens, The Bronx or Staten Island, (or anywhere!) you want me to check out, drop me a line at

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