21 Essex St., nr. Hester St.; no phone
Motor City Bar is closing; the rumored-to-be-moving Max Fish is populated by Murray Hillers; and liberal-arts and finance kids have made No Fun bar, well, no fun. So what is there in the Lower East Side for the Lower East Siders? There’s Beverly’s. Opened by alumnae (refugees?) from LES dives like Sweet Paradise and the Pink Pony, Beverly’s offers only basics to its neighborhood crowd of art and fashion folks (if you’re looking for something more complex than a $7 Beam and Coke, look elsewhere). While minimalism is the look, the bare, lavender-gray space—lit only by thin strips of neon fluorescents—is decorated with bursts of art chosen by curators who select work exclusively from artists who have previously shown in galleries.