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).
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Momofuku Ssäm Bar
Momofuku Ssäm Bar is a modern Korean East Village classic that has evolved with the times.
Bobwhite’s ain’t fancy, but The Counter gets the job done right. The eat-in dining experience is not ideal, so it’s best to just call these guys and order your weight in fried chicken to go.
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The Chapel Bar At Fotografiska
The Chapel Bar is hidden behind a nondescript door in Fotofrafiska (a photography museum in Flatiron), and it’s a great place for some quiet drinks.
Archer & Goat
Archer & Goat is a restaurant/bar in the bottom of a townhouse in Harlem. It’s a good spot for a drink and a snack, and it has a nice little backyard.
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Death & Co
Death & Co. feels like it was built just for us. The drink list is ridiculous…it’s nearly impossible to settle on something because each beverage is intriguing and awesome. And thankfully the food doesn’t suck either.
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.
The Lost Lady
The Lost Lady is a nautical-themed bar in Alphabet City from the people who own the Wayland. It has booths, frozen drinks, and pictures of old ships.
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