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Sure, the front looks like one of those dive bars not worth diving into. Sure, it's always packed. Sure, you'd like the chick singing "Oops, I Did It Again" to never do it again. And sure, this is ... read more
The original outpost of the Vero Wine Bar family serves as a temple to the noble grape while avoiding the snobbery that often accompanies it. More than 100 wines served by the bottle, 40 served by ... read more
Yeah, you heard right: 20,000 bottles of wine tower above as your head starts spinning over your next selection. All the razzle dazzle of Le Cirque without the uptown pomp and smug (okay—some... read more
Perfect spot to make big impressions, whether starting or finishing an evening. Tight lounge serves the Italian sustainable-farm brand Calvisius effortlessly. White sturgeon and Oscietra selections... read more
A long-time favorite among Columbia students and Upper West Siders of all shapes and sizes. No-frills tavern-style bar with laid-back vibe that keeps the place packed every night. Comfy couches for... read more
Classic venue has through 75 years hosted the likes, of well, everyone. Old timers, surprise gigs, the Dalai Lama, Bob Dylan. Gorgeous vaudeville theater space affords perhaps your only chance to s... read more
Named after Madeline creator Ludwig, whose murals enliven one of Manhattan's classiest drinking experiences. Unless you share your last name with a hotel chain, be prepared to experience spasms of ... read more
Open air patio overlooking the Hudson. Locals come to drink beer, chow on burgers and, oh yeah, there's that whole water/nature/sunset behind the skyline of Jersey thing happening, too. Sprawling,... read more
Wall Street meets pre-Fidel Havana at this wood-paneled, salsa-playing smoker's paradise. Cigar sales mean you can light up inside. That's right, no more grubby sidewalks. Just smoke inside like a ... read more
Throw on your dirtiest jeans and forget about your laundry. Your quarters are better spent on the nabe's best juker. Tiny, but a worthy respite from Amsterdam's frat bar row. Bartenders have follow... read more
Sort of like the East Village when it was cool. Former video store/crack house turned divey punk rock watering hole. Hipsters and Motor City peeps head uptown to mingle with disaffected Columbia ki... read more
Cheap drinks, check. ESPN, check. Rabid sports fans and the girls who love them? Mercifully, no. Just a young neighborhood crowd kicking it with a Bud or four. Dive appellation a nautical reference... read more
Toss the door girl a shiny nickel and climb the grand staircase to the area's classiest watering hole, with live classical piano and a string quartet. The drinks aren't the greatest, but the displa... read more
A big ol' backyard barbeque, uptown style. Split-level patio pub serving good burgers, refreshing brews. More relaxed feel than sib Boat Basin Café. Well-groomed locals sit beneath table umbrellas,... read more
IN PREVIEW. Malcolm hung here, as did Billie, Miles, and Coltrane. Original '30s Art Deco splendor recreated in new, second location. Gorgeous tile, banquets, and a baby grand make the Zebra Room o... read more
Formal and cozy? Armchairs, shelves of books, top-shelf cognacs, and single malts served by pearl-bedecked cocktail waitresses. Pretentious, yeah, but you'll feel like a grown up for a change. Wear... read more
Leon's intimate lounge, with its dark colors and soft soul music, would be the perfect setting for a D'Angelo video. Great for spitting smooth game and perpetrating a mack. Good looking crowd on we... read more
No relation to Beni. Cozy, small, you've probably walked by it a million times and not noticed. Dark and intimate décor make for a good make out vibe, but cramped quarters cramp its style. Sidle up... read more
This simian little place developed quite a following in its infancy but has since fallen off a bit. Coffee and pastries by day, a kind of tame hangout for yuppie music lovers at night. Still hasn't... read more
One-stop shopping with great blend of cutting-edge chic and ready-t...
Michael White of Ai Fiori et al does an Italian steakhouse south of...
South Brooklyn Pizza peeps wrap a stealth Italian spot around their...
Kristi Paras of Zachary's Smile re-ups her Village space with a bou...
Appointment-only, hour-long guided shopping experience. Second show...