New York: Top 10 Places Where Dudes Will Buy You Drinks

Last week we commissioned our intern and woman-about-town Sarah to give us her list of the ten places in New York where guys are usually willing to dole out for her drinks. Granted, she’s about 5’10” and blonde — that’s her with a charming young escort above — but still, anything’s possible. Take it away, Sarah.

1.The Box (Lower East Side) – You don’t go here unless you want to get really fucked up. Because of this, there are many patrons surrounding the bar who are ready and willing to include you in their party because they are most likely already fucked up. Just flash a smile (maybe even a boob), and you’ll be getting free drinks in no time. If you find yourself in a stalker situation, you can always run and hide at the upstairs bar.

2. Tenjune (Meatpacking District) – This is one of the only clubs of its kind that doesn’t make me want to puke directly after walking through the red ropes. It’s small inside, so you’ll be able to get close to other drinkers at the bar, and you’ll probably meet someone with a table who will provide all the necessities for the rest of the night. 3. G Spa (Meatpacking District) – The rooftop at the Gansevoort is pretty nice when it’s warm out and the clientele is not as bad as it could be on nights other than Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. However, this is where you could find a hip businessman or an old playboy sipping on cocktails, just waiting for you to come over and say hello. There are always cabs waiting outside, so if you’re in need of a quick getaway, safety is just a hop, skip, and a wave away. 4. Soho House (Meatpacking District) – If you’re so lucky to know someone with their own membership, press “the club” button in the elevator. Here you’ll find plenty of nicely dressed men and women looking to canoodle and schmooze with each other about augmenting their fortunes by combining their efforts. Go into the pool table room where you can actually smoke inside and play a game. I’m sure your partners will ask to buy you a drink, and if not, perhaps you’re good enough to hustle a drink or two (at pool). 5. Pop Burger (Meatpacking District) – Bridge and tunnel aside, this place is great for taking shots and eating burgers. If you know someone who has worked here, tell them to take you out because the Pop Burger Posse never forgets — i.e. they get free drinks all night. The Pop promoter, Doug, will also definitely buy you drinks if you pay attention to him and neglect to mention how dumb he looks in his pink scarf. 6. The Anchor (Soho) – Great for cheap drinks, cute dudes, and a big space to dance like your hair is on fire. Even if you don’t get free drinks, you’ll have a fun time, and you’ll probably make out with someone. 7. Café Noir (Soho) – This place holds so many memories for me, I had to put it on the list. You’ll have people buying you drinks, I guarantee it. 8. Happy Ending (Lower East Side) – This one-time erotic massage spa turned hipster dive bar is a great way to start the night out right. I’m not really guaranteeing someone will buy you a drink, but it is open-bar Tuesdays from 11 to midnight. 9. Angels & Kings (East Village) – This place has an open bar basically every night, and if it doesn’t, it’s selling vodka drinks for $2. 10. Ulysses (Financial District) – For those of you craving some banker attention. Maybe go out after work for happy hour and take some of the stimulus money back by making suits buy bevs for you and your crew.

See also: Top 10 Places to Maintain an Eating Disorder.

Seven Does a Double Take

imageA commenter recently asked me what was up with The Double Seven, so I decided to find out. They hope to start building by the end of the month, with Dodd Mitchell onboard for design again. It will be a little bit bigger design-wise, and it will be much like The Double Seven, “but with a few twists.” David Rabin told me, “Our goal, design-wise, was to maintain the intimacy that everyone seemed to like about The Double Seven but to take advantage of the slightly larger space.”

There will be three or four new tables and a small kitchen providing a light snack menu — so no more take-out from Pop Burger. And during the warm seasons, there will be outdoor seating for about 6-10 to accommodate High Liners and shoppers. Drinks from Monika Chiang and Milk and Honey guru Sasha will be as they were — which is top notch — and they are working on tweaking the chocolate cocktail, which they helped to introduce. The place will remain a “nightlife for grownups” type of hangout. It won’t be a scream-over-the-DJ kind of place.

The Best Sliders in New York

How does one honor Burger King’s historic unveiling of their new Breakfast Burger Shots? Why, with a listicle of the best slider burgers in New York, of course. To hell with White Castle.

Aspen (Union Square) – Tender bison sliders are fitting for this urban ski lodge complete with fireplace, plastic deer heads, and a heavy accumulation of neighborhood cube slaves drinking dinner. Polenta fries are nothing short of kick-ass. ● Pop Burger (Meatpacking District) – Late-night fast-food counter pushes killer burgers, dogs, onion rings, fries, and shakes in slick, designy digs featuring famed Basquiat Crayola lithos. Sliders with perfectly melted cheese and secret sauce are so lil’ you can almost hear them beg for mercy upon first bite.

The Little Owl (West Village) – Tucked away intimate 28-seater whose marquee dish are the meatball sliders. The plump ball is a marriage of veal, beef, and pork, all living happily under the same rustic garlic bun. It’s your job to tear that marriage apart with your teeth. ● The Stanton Social (Lower East Side) – Lofty tri-level space tries to be all things to all yupsters. A magnet for Yorkville types looking to experiment with “ethnic” food. Replacing the original slider with original sliders: Kobe beef, Rhode Island lobster, BBQ pulled pork, and Philly steak sliders. ● Rare in the Shelburne Hotel (Murray Hill) – The best burger on the Hill and perhaps in all of the known universe, i.e. NYC. Pampered patties not limited to beef: ahi, crab and bison join the gamut. We dare you to grace your beef burger with truffle butter, foie gras, smoked cheddar, and a fried egg. Helpfully, emergency room’s right around the corner.

Lydia Hearst: Intern at Large

Yesterday, supermodel/heiress Lydia Hearst served as BlackBook intern, laboring on a variety of in-office and extramural activities. We had her review restaurants, shops, and bars for the BlackBook guides, but that was just the beginning. Lydia stuffed holiday gift boxes with guidebooks, then delivered them to friends and colleagues around the city via taxi and subway. We had to remind her to return the loaner Metrocard, as oddly enough, she didn’t have her own! Lydia even delivered a very important envelope to our beloved nightlife columnist Steve Lewis at Webster Hall, where he was recovering following an arduous redesign of the historic club. The envelope was actually empty, but we figured we’d reward Uncle Steve with some supermodel eye-candy after all the hard work he’s done for us this year (apparently he has a thing for youthful model types).

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Though Lydia turned in a solid day of unpaid interning, she declined to come back today — something about a trip to Paris and “not being in town for the next few weeks.” Apparently, supermodels make great interns in the short term only. Even though she forgot extra Splendas for the coffees — fucking amateur! — we’re glad she graced us with her presence for the day. See the accompanying gallery of her internly adventures. And since no one escapes BlackBook’s clutches without adding to our collected wisdom, check out Lydia’s recommendations for having a good time worldwide.

New YorkPop Burger – “Impeccably trendy burger café with dark, retro vibe, private rooms for events, and to-die-for food. Sit with friends, have a bite and dance among the celeb set or get a burger and fries to go any time of day.” ● Patsy’s – “Celeb fave also a hit with discriminating food enthusiasts, been around since 1944.” ● Patricia Field – “Incredible, hip, chic shop packed with a mix of models, celebs and hipsters. A cult and edgy downtown landmark, filled with fresh fashion trends (thus inspiring Sex and the City) plus a salon below. A must-stop shop!” ● F.A.O. Schwartz – “Must see New York City. Famous place has hardly changed since its film debut in Tom Hanks’ classic kid flick Big. Much more than a store; it’s a bona fide attraction stuffed with every toy imaginable in larger than life sizes (or even pocket size). Check out the candy bar on the second floor, or pull up a stool at the milkshake café below with the entire fam.” ● Lil’ Frankies – “Simply irresistible Italian filled with locals, artist and bold names. Every dish from their custom-built brick oven is delectable, creative and reasonably priced. Start with Focaccino: pizza dough sliced in half, filled with creamy cheese and prosciutto, then baked with truffle oil drizzled on top. Trust me! Next, ordering your main course. Perfect place to bring a date or chill with friends without the hassle of reservations. Delivery and take-out if you feel like staying in.” ● Taschen – “One-of-a-kind art, fashion and design books. Famous for having published one of the biggest and most expensive books ever printed (GOAT – A Tribute to Muhammad Ali). Comfy reading chairs in the elegant, sleek Soho store are ideal for perusing a hard-to-find title. What’s on display is not necessarily all they have – ask their knowledgeable, friendly staff to check out more obscure tomes and rare prints.” ● Fisch for the Hip – “Stealth consignment shop that’s a well-kept secret among models, socialites and celebs. I won’t dare reveal their names (since many request special delivery and shopping hours) but this is one of the hottest shops in Manhattan. High quality, vintage, rare and seasonal treasures make it hard to believe the affordable prices. Loaded with upscale designer merchandise like Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel, Nina Ricci and many more. Fret not: their staff is fully versed on the history of every individual piece and whether or not its been previously worn on or off the red-carpet.”

LondonThe Loft – “Incredibly unique shop in London’s Covent Garden. Famous among jet-setting, trendsetting crowd for buying and selling designer clothes and accessories for both men and women. Many of the pieces in the shop are one-of-a-kind and straight from the catwalks.” ● Westbourne House – “One of London’s trendiest places, seems inspired by a Manhattan loft — making New Yorkers feel right at home. Extremely elegant with contemporary, sophisticated vibe. Perfect for kicking-back and lounging with friends over spot-on signature cocktails.” ● The Champagne Bar at St. Pancras – “Must-stop London landmark, also the largest European champagne bar. Spot upper class society hobnobbing with a dram. Great people watching over the finest Champagnes and custom Champagne cocktails.” ● Harrods – “Harrods is enchanting. Whether working with personal shoppers or walking through the many corridors anything and everything can be found to satisfy even the most fickle of shoppers. And, the Egyptian escalator is NOT to be missed.” ● Rococo Chocolates – “Who can resist chocolate? These folks show their appreciation for the Aztec bean with decadent and savory treats like must-try chocolate ravioli.”

ParisKong – “Trendy, cutting edge Philippe Starck-designed stunner with a fabulous view overlooking the river Seine. Sex and the City fanatics will recognize it from the series finale.” ● Barrio Latino – “Four-story bar-resto famous pulsating Latin music. Classically decorated and fun for everyone.” ● Bar du Plaza – “One of the flashiest bars in Paris. Two seductive lounge areas filled with hotel guests, locals and celebs. Fabulous date place but also a choice friend hang out. Don’t miss custom cocktails and American-style jello shots … you’ll be back!”