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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The Mermaid Inn
A staple in the Infatuation playbook since back in 2003 when we were standing in line outside of terrible Manhattan night clubs and listening to nothing but Brand New and 50 Cent. The fish here is always fresh and fantastic, and the lobster roll is very solid.
Narcissa is an American spot in the Standard East Village with a space you’ll want to hang out in, but food we can’t really recommend.
Mama Fina’s is a counter-service Filipino restaurant in the East Village that makes excellent pork sisig.
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Eleven Madison Park
Fancy though it may be, Eleven Madison Park is surprisingly lively. But make no mistake, this is fine dining at its most serious.
City Vineyard is a restaurant and wine bar on the Hudson River in Tribeca, and it’s a great spot to drink wine outside with a group.
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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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