It might seem silly to go to a speakeasy and not drink alcohol, but considering Prohibition ended in 1933, speakeasies are silly in general. But Angel’s Share is so pleasant that the whole unmarked door thing is irrelevant. There’s no standing room in the mural-covered bar, which is hidden on the second floor of a Japanese restaurant in the East Village, but the booths and bar seats are both ideal for dates. The tuxedoed bartenders serve phenomenal mixed drinks, like one a gin and tonic with olive oil, as well as some non-alcohol options like one with Seedlip, rosemary, and egg white.
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There’s plenty of ramen in the East Village these days, and no shortage of opinions on where to go. We happen to believe that Rai Rai Ken sits near the top of the heap, mostly because that shoyu ramen is so good, but also because it’s inexpensive and simple.
Hawa Smoothies & Bubble Tea
Hawa Smoothies is a tiny, cash-only juice bar in East Village where the drinks have names like “Hot Passion" and “Pom Queen."
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