My List of Quirky Bars in New York

I often get asked about restaurants, bars, and “must” places to visit in Manhattan since I spent most of my adult life living and working there.  Over the years I’ve written them out on pieces of paper, napkins, back of business cards, and e-mails for dozens of people.  Today as I was typing up a few lines about Bar 878 in Buenos Aires and the conversation I had with an Australian woman who will soon visit New York, I started to think about all the fun little bars in Manhattan.  Below is my list of quirky and hidden bars in New York.

Angel’s Share: 8 Stuyvesant street, East Village (go upstairs, through the Japanese restaurant), NY

Apotheke: 9 Doyers Street, (bet Bowery & Chatham Sq), Chinatown, NY

Bohemian (it may be more of a restaurant now): 57 Great Jones Street (bet Bowery & Lafayette St), Noho (look for a Japanese Wagyu beef butcher shop, the entrance to Behemian is to the left), NY

The Campbell Apartment: Grand Central Station, 15 Vanderbilt Avenue, Midtown East, NY

Death + Company (not very secretive but dark and cool): 433 East 6th Street (bet 1st Ave & Avenue A), East Village, NY

Freemans: End of Freeman Alley behind Rivington (between Bowery & Chrystie), Lower East Side, NY

La Esquina: 114 Kenmare Street (bet Mott St & Elizabeth St), Soho (the real deal is in the basement through the “employee only” door and the kitchen, make a reservation for dinner), NY

Milk & Honey: 134 Eldridge St (bet Broome St & Delancey), Lower East Side, NY

PDT: 113 Saint Marks Place, East Village (entrance through Crif Dogs, via phone booth; make a reservation), NY

The Raines Law Room: 48 West 17th Street (between 5th & 6th Ave), Flatiron (ring the doorbell; don’t forget to check out the bathroom), NY

Sakagura (everyone knows about this place now so it’s definitely not a secret but I still like the vibe and the food): 211 East 43rd Street (bet 2nd & 3rd Ave), Midtown East (go inside the office building and head down to the basement, the staircase is next to the security guard desk), NY

Sake Bar Decibel: 240 East 9th Street (bet Stuyvesant St & 2nd Ave), East Village (look carefully for the sign and the steps leading down to the basement), NY

Sake Bar Hagi: 152 West 49th Street (bet 6th & 7th Ave), Midtown West (look down the stairs, if there is a long wait leave your mobile number and they’ll call you when a table is available), New York

Yakitori Totto: 251 West 55th Street 2nd Floor (between Broadway & 8th Ave) Midtown (go early or make a reservation), NY

675 Bar: 675 Hudson Street, (bet 13th St & 14th St), Meatpacking, NY

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2 Responses to My List of Quirky Bars in New York

  1. Franco says:

    I hope Rudy’s in Hell’s Kitchen is still open. I love that place.

    • dreamgolive says:

      The one with the free hot dogs and a pink pig in front? I think yes! The whole neighborhood is unrecognizable from 15 years ago (I lived in Hell’s Kitchen for 2 years in the 90s), but that place is still standing. I hope it always will!

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