White Oak Tavern is a big American restaurant in Greenwich Village that’s a good utility spot to keep in mind when you’re around NYU. It works for a burger and beer while watching sports on TV, or for lunch or dinner with a big group. They also have an extensive cocktail menu and Happy Hour till 7pm on weekdays.
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Blue Haven is a bar on Houston Street where you should watch college sports (just make a reservation ahead of time).
Bar Fortuna is the semi-hidden cocktail bar above Casa Apicii, and it’s a great place to impress someone before or after dinner.
The Bitter End
The Bitter End is a live music bar in Greenwich Village where Bob Dylan played before he was Bob Dylan.
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Merchants River House
When you want to drink on the Hudson someplace more low-key than Grand Banks and City Vineyard, check out Merchants River House.
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Boulton & Watt
Boulton & Watt is a solid neighborhood hang with average bar food and some TVs for sports viewing purposes. Adjust expectations accordingly.
Ten Degrees is a wine bar in the East Village where all the drinks are two-for-one until 8pm everyday.
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