Ferns is the sort of place where you bring a date when one of you might get hungry and you’re looking for something a little nicer than a dive bar. It’s in the East Village, and it’s a long room with a bar up front and a semi-secluded area in the back with a couple of tables. They serve a small menu of things like chicken liver mousse and fried shrimp, but we wouldn’t recommend trying to have a full meal here. The space feels a little like a cabin, and you can think of it as a slightly cooler alternative to The Wren or The Penrose.
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Alphabet City Beer Co.
Alphabet City Beer Co. looks like a general store you’d find upstate, but it’s actually an East Village bar with armchairs and lots of craft beer.
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PDT (Please Don't Tell)
Please Don't Tell is about as close as you get to experiencing a real speakeasy in NYC.
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