Blue & Gold Tavern

The rating scale of 0 to 100 reflects our editors’ appraisals of all the tangible and intangible factors that make a restaurant or bar great — or terrible — regardless of price.

Read more about the new ratings
78 Solid

Everybody’s favorite East Village dive.

79 E. 7th St., New York, NY, 10003


Known For

The lowdown

Everybody’s favorite East Village dive pulls in a regular crowd of college kids, bikers, local senior citizens, and random eccentrics — like the long-haired guy whose only sound is a high-pitched shriek. Mixed drinks run for as little as four dollars, but that means the bartender will have to head to the fridge in the back room for juice, and you might be out of luck with ice. Stay long enough to play pool on the ratty table and mine the juke’s selection of hits from the ‘60s to the ‘80s. But if at all possible, use the bathroom elsewhere — don’t say we didn’t warn you.

What you need to know

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelBring earplugs!