Greenwich Village used to be the center of a bohemian renaissance, and now it’s mostly filled with NYU students looking for bouncers who don’t use ID scanners. So you won’t find Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, or Joni Mitchell hanging out at The Bitter End like the old days, but it’s still a good place to go when you want to hear live music. They have everything from hip-hop to acapella - as well as an acoustic open mic every Saturday afternoon.
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Banter is a good-looking coffee shop/restaurant in Greenwich Village where you’re guaranteed to hear an Australian accent.
Quick, specialty fast foods are something lower Manhattan now thrives on, and Tortaria deserves to be mentioned alongside their fellow low-cost, high-reward brethren. There’s a Mexican sandwich and a taquito for every palate.
Bar Fortuna is the semi-hidden cocktail bar above Casa Apicii, and it’s a great place to impress someone before or after dinner.
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Moca Bar and Lounge
Moca Bar is a laid-back cocktail lounge in Harlem. It’s a good spot to catch an open mic night, and it’s a great place to catch up with a few friends.
Bar Lunatico is one of the best bars to hang out in Bed-Stuy, especially if you’re looking for live music.
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Radegast Hall & Biergarten
If you're looking for a big spot for day drinking Williamsburg, try Radegast. It can get a little crowded, but maybe that's what you're looking for.
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