With the ever-gentrifying East Village bar scene in constant flux, it’s nice to know that there are still bars that cater to the people who actually live there. Cleaner and cooler than a dive bar but lacking the pretension of many of its neighbors, this tiny spot boasts a cute checkerboard floor and big, wooden booths. The décor, along with the friendly, helpful service, creates the perfect formula for a cozy neighborhood bar. On weekends, the place can get packed—but always with a relaxed, local crowd. Expect to find the typical array of beer and cocktails.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.