Mon-Sat, 8am-4am; Sun, noon-4am
A, C, E at 34th St.-Penn Station
If West 27th Street smacks of the Vegas strip, this nearby corner bar is the equivalent of a Nevada gambling den on the fringes—complete with linoleum, MegaTouch video games and a drink menu favoring Schnapps. Wise-cracking, Queens-born brothers Billy and Mark Penza took over the 1950s joint in 1999, and while they occasionally entertain the runoff from nearby art openings, softball games at Chelsea Piers, and after-hours clubs (because of the 8am opening time), most nights their regulars hail from the housing projects and the nearby USPS plant. Pool table. Dart board. This looks like your standard rectangular dive until you spot that platinum record for Blondie’s Autorama amid the cheesy music, movie, and sports posters. (Mark was a sessions drummer back in the day.) Yet with all due respect to Deborah Harry, today his musical taste leans toward Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, and Anita Baker according to the jukebox.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.