New York City Bars & Nightlife

Bars & Nightlife neighborhood
Achilles Heel
180 West St., Greenpoint
Local restaurateur Andrew Tarlow (who brought you other old-school-Brooklyn-inspired destinations Diner, Marlow & Sons, and the Wythe Hotel) opened this low-key neighborhood gastropub in an early-1900s bar facing the East River that was once frequented by the workers from nearby shipyard docks. The kitchen here is minor, but chef Lee Desrosiers designed a menu of light, gently cooked fare—think poached fish, beef tartare, or heirloom veggies in broth—sourcing ingredients, naturally, from its sister business, Williamsburg butcher shop and artisan grocer Marlow & Daughters.
Air’s Champagne Parlor
127 Macdougal St., Greenwich Village
It's hard to imagine a better place to do drinks with girlfriends than this feminine champagne parlor, which features a marble bar, deep green velvet banquettes, and gold stools. In addition to an extensive list of champagnes and sparkling wines by the glass, they have a great little snack menu featuring oysters, caviar, charcuterie, and a seriously good grilled cheese. Come during their "bubbly hour," when you can get three glasses of champagne by the glass plus a snack for $30 a person.
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