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Nov 1, 2011 12:44 PM

Need some "Dive/Neighborhood" Bar Recommendations

This Bermuda hound is lucky enough to visit New York restaurants twice this year!

It will be a short but yet tasteful trip (I hope tasteful) 2 ½ days, so of course we will try our best to fit it all in. Staying on Mulberry (near the neighborhoods we like to hang in so with that said here are our some choices…

Lunch - Meatball shop (for lunch)
HH ?? A “dive” choice
Dinner - Terroir in Tribeca

Lunch - Xi’an Famous Food (Chinatown) for Lamb Face Salad
HH?? A “dive” choice
Dinner - The Stanton Social

Half day

Just a nibble - Sweet Revenge for some wine and cupcakes! (Not too much a necessity unless NY Hounds say otherwise)

There are a couple of “Dives/Neighborhood" places but not sure about them, some feedback would help BIG TIME!

169 Bar
Corner Bistro
Randolph at Broome
Lelabar (the menu looks good)
124 Rabbit Club
8 Wine Cellar Bar

PS…Still waiting to go with 4 to other friends so we can go to Ma Peche and get the BEEF 7 WAYS! (one day!)

Corner Bistro
331 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

Stanton Social
99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

413 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

The Randolph at Broome
349 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Sweet Revenge
62 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

Ma Peche
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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  1. I wouldn't call those places dive bars, save for the 169 Bar (which I don't think merits the trip from Nolita) and maybe Corner Bistro (which is usually VERY crowded with hamburger-seekers). 124 RC may be in a dark basement space, but it's kind of a beer snob joint, and the Randolph has a cocktail list. In your immediate vicinity, Tom and Jerry's and Milano's are both solid and somewhat divey choices that are still quite civilized. In the East Village, the International Bar on 1st Ave was refurbished a while ago but remains a great hangout. If you really want the full scuzzy experience, try the Holiday Cocktail Lounge on St Mark's Place.

    Corner Bistro
    331 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

    Holiday Cocktail Lounge
    75 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: gort

      I 2nd Holiday, for the true dive experience, and DBA for a great selection of Beer, and hard liquour.

    2. get your sure fire hang over cure at century cafe chicken congee for $1.65

      1. oh god, skip sweet revenge. worst cupcakes i've ever had. disgustingly sweet and dry.

        i would definitely recommend 169 bar, especially if you're going to be in chinatown anyway.

        a lot of the other bars you mentioned aren't really dives. dives i like: ace bar, the library, sophie's, max fish, welcome to the johnsons, international bar. these are all les. i personally prefer the dive bars in bk (wreck room, king's county), but since it sounds like les is more your area, i'd check these places out.

        1. day 1...try dba for happy hour...great beer bar on 1st ave off 2nd street. nice atrium and outdoor space. they have fullers london pride on favorite beer. i love terroir's food by the way. just be aware that the tribeca branch could be empty sometimes. the east village branch is a bit more lively but smaller.

          day 169 is a solid spot. they dont make spots like this anymore...they keep closing. i was at 169 2 weeks ago. nothing special but a nice place to have a drink in chinatown. also check out winnies on bayard.

          if you need another lunch suggestion, go to prune on 1st street. my favorite place for a weekday lunch. great food, great crowd, great vibe.

          124 rabbit club is good but crowd is sometimes on the young and miserable side.
          8th street wine cellar is a fine option but not a destination place. solid wine bar in the area though.

          3 Replies
          1. re: sam1

            hm.. i wouldn't waste a meal on prune, personally. i think it's way overhyped and overpriced.

            there are a ton of good options for lunch. if it's a weekday, go to ssam bar for the duck lunch. otherwise you could go to noodle bar for ramen or the pork and kimchi stew (if it's still on the menu). pinche taqueria, porchetta, and motorino are also solid options.

            1. re: morisaur

              well, we certainly arent a culinary match...i think porchetta is just disgusting...small sandwich, dried porchetta, with skin that nearly cracked my tooth.

              the duck lunch at ssam is actually alright...but definitely a bit skimpy on the duck.

              Momofuku Ssam Bar
              207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

              110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

              1. re: sam1

                huh.. i wonder if it was a bad day? i've been multiple times and never had that problem (and don't know of anyone who has).

                same with the duck lunch, although i went right when they started serving it and haven't had the opportunity to go back recently. in any case, i think it is pricey, but totally worth it. it's probably my favorite lunch in manhattan.

          2. Your restaurant choices seem a bit random. Where did you go previously in NYC?

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            1. re: kathryn

              Sorry to call the places "Dives" Neighorhood hangouts is what I really should have called them

              Some places we have dined at before...Not in any order and trying to remember …

              Babbo * Bubby’s * Craft * Flex Mussels * Morimoto’s * Noodle bar * MONTENAPO * Pastis * Public * Sammy’s Noodle Shop * Red Egg * Boqueria * Aqua Grill * Peter Luger *
              Lucky Cheng’s * Blue Ribbon * The Green Table * Umberto’s * Fig and Olive * Scarpetta *
              Luna’s * Les Hallas * 15 East * Blue fin *Mary’s Fish Camp * Carmines * Pylos * Katz * Casa Mono * Pearl Oyster bar * Fish * Molyos* Ed’s Lobster Bar

              Reason for 169 - Husband loves grilled oysters! Morisaur ...Sweet revenge will be skipped, specially since I cook in bisrto / bakery

              Pearl Oyster Bar
              18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

              15 East
              15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

              110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

              Casa Mono
              52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

              The Green Table
              75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

              128 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

              53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

              88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

              355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

              Red Egg
              202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

              Flex Mussels
              174 East 82nd Street, New York, NY 10028

              Lucky Cheng's
              24 First Avenue, New York, NY 10009

              1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                Are those oysters grilled like at Drago's in Louisiana?

                1. re: MVNYC

                  I'm curious about this as well. I used to go to the 169 Bar years ago, and I don't recall them having food – let alone oysters!

                  1. re: gort

                    i'm equally surprised.. last time i was there they only had dumplings?

                    1. re: morisaur

                      I am an oyster purist, but grilled are the only way Bully will eat them

                      According to the website they are grilled on lava stone with garlic butter...I have had them grilled before in New Orleans but not at Drago's
                      check out the website....

                      1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                        Huh. Wow. Did this place change ownership or something?

                        1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                          That sounds very similar to Drago's (whom I believe invented the dish). I am usually a purist as well with just a squeeze of lemon but this is very good for those big muddy gulf oysters they have down there. I am guessing they use Blue Points up here. Will have to give that a shot.

                  2. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                    DAY 1
                    > Lunch - Meatball shop (for lunch)

                    I'd also keep in mind Parm, the new restaurant from the Torrisi folks. I also like the meatball sliders at Locanda Verde or Little Owl. Or the lamb meatballs at Txikito.

                    > HH ?? A “dive” choice
                    > Dinner - Terroir in Tribeca

                    How about snacks at Terroir and then dinner somewhere else? Hearth, next door? Ramen at Ippudo? For Ippudo, you can put your name down earlier in the day for a reservation - they only take them same day, in person.

                    I'm just not sure I'd do an entire meal at Terroir given that you're here for such a short period of time.

                    > DAY 2
                    > Lunch - Xi’an Famous Food (Chinatown) for Lamb Face Salad

                    They have 2 Chinatown locations now, the East Broadway one is the one without any real seating, I assume you want the other one.

                    > Dinner - The Stanton Social

                    I think you can probably do better than Stanton Social for dinner. Maybe Saxon and Parole, the new restaurant from the Public chef.

                    Balthazar, since you have already done Pastis and Les Halles? Or Minetta Tavern?

                    > Half day
                    > Lunch?

                    Perhaps Locanda Verde if you don't end up these earlier. I think you'll like it given your visits to Scarpetta and Babbo in the past.

                    Another option is Tertulia, which I think you'll enjoy, as it's the chef formerly from Boqueria, doing a lot of great stuff with a custom made grill.

                    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

                    Minetta Tavern
                    113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

                    Stanton Social
                    99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

                    Little Owl
                    90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

                    Les Halles
                    411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

                    53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

                    413 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

                    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                    240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

                    Locanda Verde
                    377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

                    248 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

                    359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                    321 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019