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Uptown Dive

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The Duck
2171 Second Ave., nr. 111th St.; 212-427-1070
In East Harlem, better known in nightlife circles for its great merengue and salsa scenes, a honky-tonk bar is somewhat out of place. Still, dive-bar impresario Tom McNeil (of the Patriot Saloon and the dearly departed Yogi’s) opened this two-room saloon last fall, and the local crowd has embraced his formula: Johnny Cash tunes, baskets of peanuts, and cleavage-baring bartenders who pour $6.50 pitchers of Pabst and stiff Wild Turkey shots.


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