Sun-Wed, 5pm-1am; Thu, 5pm-2am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-3am
L at First Ave.; 6 at Astor Pl.; N, R at 8th St.-NYU
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Jason Corey and Christopher Carson met by chance during the 2003 blackout; six years later, they opened the Immigrant wine bar on the ground floor of the building in which they live. It’s a cheerful, laid-back place—less a commercial enterprise than a perpetual private party. The owners pour the vino themselves, dispensing European and South American vintages for around $10 a glass over a bar that looks like polished concrete. The rest of the boxcar-shaped interior is equally minimalist, with elevated shelves of bottles and glasses as the most eye-catching décor. There are a handful of seats in the back, but you don’t really need to sit when munching on snacks like olives, baklava, bruschetta, and chocolate-dipped anisette cookies.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.