Ease the awkward conversation with Dave from accounting by tossing back chili & lime-rimmed Tecates and whatever rotating special is stocked in the So Ho/Nolita spot’s adult Icee machines.In terms of square footage, Baby Grand is a glorified walk-in closet -- but belting out Toto’s “Africa” is best suited for a setting as intimate as this one, anyway.
A post-work staple, this low-key spot -- lovingly referred to as “Shark Bar,” thanks to a collection of sharks that line its walls -- is the place to go when looking for cheap beers, charmingly unfriendly bartenders, and a crowd of loyal regulars (particularly on Wednesdays when you can get free hot dogs starting at 5pm).
From the guys behind the Lower East Side’s Experimental Cocktail Club, this Paris-based wine bar has all the trappings of the perfect date spot: low, intimate tables; dim (flattering) lighting; a lengthy French-heavy natural wine list; and plenty of Mediterranean small plates should you want to extend the date into a dinner situation.
While you’ll likely find yourself surrounded by a gaggle of NYU students at this subterranean dive bar, the drinks more than make up for it.
Open since 1830, this storied spot is lined with an obscure selection of nostalgic trinkets (old tins, movie posters, license plates) and has barely changed since its inception.
It’s the type of place where you can grab a seat at the bar any night of the week and find yourself surrounded by an eclectic mix of longtime locals and So Ho stragglers, all there for a cheap pint and a good burger.