A lot of places have opened up in New York over the past couple of years claiming to be gastropubs, but perhaps no establishment is more worthy of the inherently cool title as Jimmy’s No. 43, a basement bar that used to be a Polish social club. A destination for anyone at all interested in the New York craft beer community, whether you’re attending a tasting led by an expert or grabbing drinks with a friend. Definitely plan to order some food — the kitchen serves a changing menu of elevated pub grub, like pork belly tacos and adobe wings.
Avoid the faux-punk crowds of St. Mark’s Place and go to the Avenue A location of this necessary karaoke lounge. Sing at the bar or get some friends together to reserve a private room. Drinks are cheap, especially when they’re $4 at happy hour, and if you booked a room, servers bring them to you. It’s pretty shabby but aren’t all good karaoke bars?
If you like, no, love, craft beer, this St. Mark’s bar is for you. The bartenders know their stuff — tell them what you normally drink, and they’ll give you something a) better and b) that you’ve never heard of. The space is small and hallway-length narrow, so it’s not great for groups — more of a place to catch up with a friend and/or grab a beer before dinner.
The people behind Williamsburg’s Baby’s All Right opened its East Village version in March 2015. The age range of the indie clientele changes with the night, but everyone is either at the basement club for the live DJ set or the live band set to perform. Drinks are priced within the same range of other non-divey Avenue A spots, with $6 beers and $12 house cocktails.
IN PREVIEW. Classic American preppy meets urban for durable downtown looks. Anti-flash threads from Atelier Production et Création (A.P.C.) are fully credible, from mainstream Paris and back across the pond to NYC. Emphasis on oxfords and unwashed denim for men; cute, simply cut tent dresses for women. Just out of price range for the creative underclasses, but still finds a way into many a young thing’s closet.
Southside and GunBar crew try their hand at cursed Chrystie location. Stylish revamp looks to Art Deco inspirations, although we don’t remember any disco balls in The Great Gatsby. Amenities make for a versatile scene—champagne room, dance floor, tobacconist. Cocktail lounge runs Wednesday and Thursday nights, with live sultry jazz soundtracks. Photo booth will help you become Facebook famous.
IN PREVIEW. One of fashion’s oldest houses, serving as both shopping mecca and museum. Designer Nicolas Ghesquiere may be gone, but brand still nails the avant-garde high end. Motorcycle bags are all the rage and Anna Wintour is counted as a frequent customer. Sculpted-shoulder silk dress, leopard-print ballet flats, architectural men’s jackets. Under the Gucci umbrella, lux line provides a wide selection for both dreaming and drooling. Soho spot is men’s only—head across the street for the ladies.
Appointment-only, hour-long guided shopping experience. Second showroom for interwebs legend. Professional guide offers fitting expertise for trousers, shirts, and suits—the consummate personal shopping experience for the man who swore he’d never use it. Whole array of colorful chinos, T’s, superior-fit pants. All selections shipped to your door next-day. Also, beer.
Milk & Honey reboots with its star bartenders kicking off a new regime. Sam Ross and Michael McIlroy drop the reservations policy, revamp for a less precious future. Still works the speakeasy angle (look for neon), still puts the emphasis on serious cocktailing. No menus, bitches, be prepared to express some opinions. Beer, wine, light bite options. Modern-vintage room all about the long bar, with distressed white brick adding character.