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
76 Solid

A low-key LES lounge that eschews decadence in favor of sleek minimalism, plus a killer happy hour.

110 Rivington St., New York, NY, 10002


Reserve a table

Known For

The lowdown

Named for the French symbolist poet Paul Verlaine (who imbibed copiously, cavorted with prostitutes, and diddled fellow poet Arthur Rimbaud), this dimly lit Lower East Side lounge is markedly absent of decadence and depravity. With high ceilings and a sleek, minimalist décor of tastefully lined black banquettes and petite candles, Verlaine is perfect for a tête-à-tête. The room comes alive on most nights with a less ostentatious breed of LES hipster quaffing Vietnamese-themed cocktails exoticized with lychees, loquats, and sake. A small-plate-and-dinner menu is also available.

What you need to know

Insider Tips Verlaine is renowned in certain circles for its daily happy hour, from 5 to 10 p.m.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelBring earplugs!