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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Mister Paradise is an East Village bar where you can get a casual cocktail made with buckwheat or fermented habanero. Try it for a first date.
Málà Project is a great Chinese restaurant in the East Village that specializes in dry pot.
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Baby’s All Right
Baby’s is one of our favorite bars in Williamsburg. It’s a great option if you’re looking for live music, light snacks, or a bottomless brunch.
Burke & Wills
Burke & Wills is a fun Australian spot on the Upper West Side with solid cocktails and $1 oysters during Happy Hour.
Westlight is the cocktail bar and restaurant on top of the William Vale hotel in Williamsburg.
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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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