- Critics’ Pick
120 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002
- Neighborhood: Lower East Side
- Phone: 212-529-3959
Now in a new location, Max Fish, a Lower East Side institution for more than a decade, was serving cheap drinks back when this neighborhood was nothing but dry goods stores and drug dealers. Now it's all overpriced boutiques and frat boys, but Max remains, though the local/hipster clientele has been augmented by British tourists and PR girls. The big, high-ceilinged room has pinball in the front, a pool table in the back, booths at both ends and a creative, ever-changing paint job pulling it all together. Many complain about how bright the bar is, but the light level allows you to appreciate this month's art show and offers a fighting chance against beer goggles—extremely useful in such a notorious pickup joint.
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