Bonnie Vee is a bar on the LES that doesn’t get too crazy. It’s a little neighborhood spot, and they make some good drinks, but you won’t find anyone dancing here. Grab a seat in the corner and drink a frozen cocktail. And if the weather is nice, check out the backyard.
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Barrio Chino, a Mexican restaurant on the Lower East Side, is always busy and always worth the wait.
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Peppi’s Cellar is a big cocktail bar below a restaurant in Nolita, and it’s perfect for when you want to sit somewhere dark and listen to jazz.
Freehold is a coffeeshop/workspace by day and a bar by night. They have a great backyard, but expect crowds on peak nights.
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