The Immigrant is a very normal bar in the East Village that has one abnormal thing about it: it’s divided in two. On one side they serve beer, and in the space next door they serve wine. It’s an interesting concept, and it’s a nice place to have a casual drink with friends.
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Avant Garden is a tiny vegan restaurant putting out some excellent, and very original food. You won’t find any veggie burgers here.
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The Brooklyneer is most definitely a bar with food, not a restaurant with a bar. But in terms of bar food in New York City, this is some of the best around. Oh, and for all you crazy intense soccer fans out there, The Brooklyneer is the place to watch.
Rose's serves elevated pub grub and an excellent cheeseburger in the original Franny's space, a couple blocks from the Barclays Center.
Wilfie & Nell
Wilfie & Nell is, first and foremost, a place you come to drink, rather than a place you come to eat. Consider it an added bonus that the bar food you'll likely be eating while standing near a tiny ledge is pretty good.
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Sake Bar Decibel
Sake Bar Decibel is a very cool sake bar in the East Village that’s good for a drink with one or two friends.
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