- No Fun
161 Ludlow St., nr. Stanton St.; 212-477-1616
This bastion of minimalist cool is the missing link between the nearly extinct downtown dives of yore and the ascendant cocktail gentrifiers. Named for a Stooges song (a framed picture of Iggy silently judges you from behind the bar), it’s an unassuming spot to grab a pint from a selection of twelve taps or a whiskey from a wall of bottles. And while a top-notch tapas menu soaks up the booze, No Fun still has rock bona fides: If you stop by late, you might hear Andy Rourke of the Smiths D.J.-ing in the banquetted back room.
Best L.E.S. Bar
From the 2012 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).