- Some bars haven’t kept pace with the times—thank God. Here’s where to go for some cheap, liquid relief after . . .
. . . Splurging at a Nolita boutique
The Mars Bar (25 E. 1st St.; no phone). A couple bucks will get you a Rheingold, though you may identify a bit too closely with some of the graffiti (go kill yrself). The infinitesimally more genteel Milano’s (51 E. Houston St.; 212-226-8844) has $3 PBRs and a stellar selection of potato chips.
. . . Braving a sale at Bloomingdale’s
The Subway Inn (143 E. 60th St.; 212-223-8929), where a shot of brown spirits will set you back $4. Deserves landmark status.
. . . Noticing another New Duane Reade on 14th Street
The drab Blarney Cove (510 E. 14th St.; 212-473-9284), which sells mugs of Bud for $1.25 to a serious drinking crowd from 8 a.m. on.
. . . Dodging baby carriages in the Slope
O’Connor’s (39 Fifth Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-783-9721). Though it may look forbidding—clearly a no-stroller zone—it achieves a friendly neighborhood vibe with its $2.50 Buds and year-round Christmas lights.
. . . Seeing the skyline from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Montero’s (73 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn Heights; 718-624-9799). A pool table, mysterious nautical bric-a-brac, $3 beers—if you can’t forget your troubles here, you’re probably stuck with them.
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
Where can you find the city’s top dog groomer? Last-minute tailor? Beef tongue? We eat, drink, dance, shop, shvitz, and trampoline our way around the city, not to mention poll scores of in-the-know colleagues, hard-partying friends, opinionated family members, and, this year, a team of guest expert bloggers to bring you answers to all of the above questions, and hundreds more, in the form of our annual “Best of New York” issue.