- Cordato's Deli and Bar
94 1/2 Greenwich St., 212-233-1573
Illicit groggeries in the back rooms of grocery stores were four to an intersection back in the 1800s. This is as close as you’ll get these days. In the back of this nondescript deli, a door opens onto boxy quarters that are often standing-room-only in the early evening, when the spirit of the Pussycat Lounge seeps in from next door as girls give stool-top lap dances to ruddy-cheeked suits, do-ragged gangstas, and ground-zero workers. The melting pot occasionally boils over—last year, an off-duty cop accidentally shot a man who knocked over his beer—so if all you want is video poker and a barmaid who’ll call you “Papi,” go later in the night, when the dancers have left.
Best Dive Bar
From the 2006 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).