Short Stories is only about the size of a subway car, and it’s easy to walk by without even noticing it - so it’s a great spot for a low-key drink on a Friday night when every other East Village bar is full of people who really enjoyed college. The long, narrow, and very pink space is filled with plants and mirrors, and you can sit on a velvet barstool and have a couple of cocktails while you’re trying to figure out what else to do with your night. There’s also some food, like a burger and burrata.
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Cathedrale is an enormous, overpriced French restaurant from the people behind Tao - and, despite the sprawling space, it isn’t that fun.
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Abe’s Pagoda is a big spot in Bushwick that looks like a cross between a tiki bar and a pirate ship. Stop by on a Saturday, and bring a group.
Blue Haven is a bar on Houston Street where you should watch college sports (just make a reservation ahead of time).
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Kind Regards is a bi-level LES bar where you can actually sit and have a conversation. Unless it’s the weekend - in which case it will be crowded.
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