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A spin-off from the original Williamsburg joint, Barcade makes an appearance on St. Marks Street. This much-loved watering hole comes replete with all the trappings of the cult 1990s, from Michael Jackson's moonwalking games to Ms Pacman. For those who flock here for the beer can choose from 24 American beers on tap and a smattering of wines. A true-blue Jersey-style sandwich will be the culinary showstopper; labeled the 'fat' sandwich, this is laden with fried chicken, fries, cheese sauce, pulled pork and fried egg. Come here for the portal into the nineties and the ultra-fun vibes.
Grassroots Tavern is somewhat of an institution in the East Village, occupying some prime real estate on St. Mark's since 1975. The basement-level bar offers up a truly New York-feeling, no-frills experience in the lively, ramen-and-karaoke-filled wonderland that occupies the block outside the front doors. The entire interiors (including walls and furniture) are made of wood, well-loved and oft carved. Behind the bar, the main attractions are the beers, although there is also a full bar. For a piece of East Village history and a comfortable place to grab a cold one, stop in to Grassroots.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit an ancient monastery and have drinks served to you by friars while listening to Gregorian chants? Well, this East Village theme bar comes pretty close to achieving that goal. Waiters dressed as monks serve excellent brews to an appreciative crowd. In all, there are over 250 kinds of beer available, including a large selection of Belgian brands.
Kenka on St. Mark's is a friendly neighborhood joint where food is cheap and booze, cheaper. The menu has all the trappings of a good meal, with miso soup, yakitori, gyoza, potato croquettes, sushi as well as some bizarre selections like Bull's Penis or the Sumo favorite, Chawanmushi. The place is known to have a boisterous vibe, so be prepared for loud conversations, drunken spats and other rowdy behavior for the most part. All in all, this is a good place to hang around with friends over a platter of seafood and sake.
Jimmy's No. 43 is nestled on the basement level and serves European cuisine with dominant German flavors. And to match it perfectly is the huge selection of German and craft beer! There is an interesting range and a long list to choose from, as well as a full bar of artisanal spirits. Soothing live music in the background adds to the relaxed atmosphere. Jimmy's is a good place to be with friends, and also when you just need to be alone.
Located on turbulent St. Mark's Place, Bull McCabe's is one of many dive bars on this street. The bar is a place where everyone is welcome, especially the eclectic clientele and folks that wander in off of St. Mark's. So saunter up to the bar, order a Schlitz and have a nice chat with the barkeep or try your hand at the pool table. Whatever you choose, Bull's exudes classic dive in every sense.
Situated on Second Avenue in the East Village, Coopers Craft & Kitchen is a beer lover's paradise. With more than 20 beers on tap and even more in the bottle, Coopers offers fine brewskies that will satisfy even the most finicky beer cravings. Beyond beer, Coopers does have a full bar for the cocktail crowd. And then there's the food, which is really tasty, featuring a select choice of meaty options sourced from local butchers and such. They even have Scotch egg, what a treat! The service is pleasant and attentive. There's generally plenty of space with lots of tables, including a few made out of barrels. The floor to ceiling windows up front allow for relaxed drinking while watching the world go by. Overall, Coopers is good for a few friends or maybe a date. -Wynne Boelt