Black Emperor is a Japanese-themed bar on 2nd Ave with exceptional cocktails and very little natural light. It’s a casual neighborhood spot, and it’s a great place to drink a beer or some Japanese whiskey while you catch up with a friend. If you get hungry, various pop-ups take turns serving food here, and you can expect things like truffle fries and double-patty burgers with kimchi mayo (although that particular pop-up is now a stand-alone spot called Nowon).
Black Emperor is permanently closed.
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The Black Ant
The Black Ant is a Mexican restaurant in the East Village with good cocktails and less-good food.
Jackdaw is a casual East Village bar that’s best for day drinking or Happy Hour specials, or both.
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Maggie Mae’s Bar
If you’re going on a first date or just want to sit at a bar, drink a good beer, and watch TV with closed captions in Sunnyside, try Maggie Mae’s.
The Bitter End
The Bitter End is a live music bar in Greenwich Village where Bob Dylan played before he was Bob Dylan.
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Death & Co
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The Immigrant is a beer bar on one side and a wine bar on the other. As far as East Village bars go, this is one of the nicer, calmer ones.
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