- Charlie’s Bar & Kitchen
112 Lincoln Ave., nr. Bruckner Blvd., the Bronx; 718-684-2338
Late last year in this bar-deprived stretch of Mott Haven, Clock Bar closed and was reborn as Charlie’s Bar & Kitchen. The place is now decked out with portraits of famous Charlies (Parker, Lindbergh, the Tuna), soft lighting, and redbrick walls. It’s one of the few bars where you’ll find fancy Cocktail Kingdom Japanese jiggers next to Kahlúa. Seemingly every guest is friends with the kind and eager staff; the out-there location means the bar is able to maintain a real sense of community. Another way they keep ’em coming: $10 for four cocktails at brunch and a daily happy hour that includes $1 oysters and half off the entire bar, meaning $2 pulls of Bronx Pale Ale and $5 drinks like the So Bro Mule, with Brooklyn Republic vodka and Maine Root ginger beer.
Best Bronx Bar
From the 2014 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).