Bonnie Vee is a bar on the LES that doesn’t get too crazy. It’s a little neighborhood spot, and they make some good drinks, but you won’t find anyone dancing here. Grab a seat in the corner and drink a frozen cocktail. And if the weather is nice, check out the backyard.
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Windmill is a tiny, casual bar on the Lower East Side with some very good French small plates.
Freemans has been a key player in the restaurant renaissance we’re currently living in and ranks among our favorite restaurants of all time.
Though the food at Bacaro is pretty good, it’s the kind of place you come to for the atmosphere.
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Freehold is a coffeeshop/workspace by day and a bar by night. They have a great backyard, but expect crowds on peak nights.
Peppi’s Cellar is a big cocktail bar below a restaurant in Nolita, and it’s perfect for when you want to sit somewhere dark and listen to jazz.
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