150 Attorney Street, 212-388-0077
The dustbin of nightlife history is filled with attempted updates of era-defining clubs. So when Sin-é—famously frequented by everyone from Jeff Buckley to Bono to Sinead O’Connor in the late eighties—reopened this year, there was every reason to doubt its survival. Miraculously, the club (relocated to the Lower East Side) has almost instantaneously gotten its groove back. Bookings at Sin-é 2.0 are heavy on new New York rock, a blessing for Manhattan since Brooklyn seems to have reaped all of the rewards of the rock explosion. Best of all, while the cover at Sin-é is Brooklyn-style cheap, the club is run with the discipline of Manhattan workhorses like the Mercury Lounge—there are four or five bands per night, and you can set your watch to the start times.
Best Return Engagement
From the 2003 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).