Black Emperor mostly just looks like a neighborhood spot where you’d grab a beer with a friend and hide from the world for a bit while watching some sports on TV. But this dark, Japanese-themed cocktail bar on 2nd Ave serves some excellent cocktails as well as a burger that deserves several minutes of your undivided attention. It comes with massive patty, a squishy sesame bun, and some kimchi mayo that should be available by the pound. And if you don’t want an enormous hunk of beef, there’s a smaller version with two thin patties.
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A laid back Lebanese eatery that gets Stang’s stamp of approval. The service is good, people are friendly, and you can eat your face off for about twenty bucks a person.
Miss Lily’s 7A Cafe
Miss Lily’s is basically the Jamaican Cracker Barrel, the way they’re expanding. That’s a good thing. We love Cracker Barrel.
Here’s the good news: If you like the idea of eating various pig parts in some sort of spicy chili sauce, you’re going to love this joint. Jeepney is Maharlika’s second East Village restaurant, and this one is a take on a Filipino gastropub.
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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.
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.
The Lost Lady
The Lost Lady is a nautical-themed bar in Alphabet City from the people who own the Wayland. It has booths, frozen drinks, and pictures of old ships.
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