Think of the Wayland as your ideal neighborhood bar. They make great cocktails, but they aren’t uptight like those bars where you have to enter a phone booth then name all fifty presidents in order to get seated. It’s a good, cozy, always-lively spot to get a drink in Alphabet City. They also do a small menu (with brunch on weekends), and there’s live music on certain days.
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Málà Project is a great Chinese restaurant in the East Village that specializes in dry pot.
Tuome in the East Village is doing something totally different with familiar Asian menu items.
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A few years in, Soho’s The Dutch is better than it was when it first opened. These days, it might even be underrated.
Estela might not be the cushiest restaurant in NYC, but it’s still an excellent choice for a fun night out or next-level brunch in Nolita.
Mayfield is the neighborhood place you wish you had in your neighborhood. Unless you live in Crown Heights, in which case it's in your neighborhood.
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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.
DBA is a bar in the East Village that’s good for people who like whiskey and beer and drinking those things outside.
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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