Black Emperor is a Japanese-themed bar on 2nd Ave with exceptional cocktails and very little natural light. It’s a casual neighborhood spot, and it’s a great place to drink a beer or some Japanese whiskey while you catch up with a friend. If you get hungry, various pop-ups take turns serving food here, and you can expect things like truffle fries and double-patty burgers with kimchi mayo (although that particular pop-up is now a stand-alone spot called Nowon).
Black Emperor is permanently closed.
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KM1 is a casual Caribbean restaurant in the East Village with a menu of Dominican dishes and a nice outdoor seating area.
Málà Project is a great Chinese restaurant in the East Village that specializes in dry pot.
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Sugar Monk is a tiny cocktail bar in Harlem with velvet furniture, tropical wallpaper, and some very good (and complex) drinks.
The Red Lion
The Red Lion is a big bar in Greenwich Village that’s a good spot to watch soccer on TV during the day, and listen to live music every night.
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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.
Boilermaker is a casual cocktail bar just above the Lower East Side where you can get a well-made drink and some above-average bar food.
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