With over 18,000 alcohol-serving establishments spread throughout the five boroughs, New York City is regularly in a state of good ol’ drunken merrymaking. Still, many of these locales may be just a bit too banal for the average bar hopper. Why sip at the ordinary surface-planted saloon, when you can go to a discreet subterranean spot?! For those who just imagined themselves bragging about their experience with the latter, here are 10 subterranean bars and lounges to satisfy the underground explorer within you!
1. Little Branch, 22 7th Ave South
Guests delighting by the bar counter at Little Branch. Photo via My Odyssey Years.
Luckily for those of us in Brooklyn and Queens, Butterfruit Labs’ awesome coffee subway map has been updated to include the coffee shops in (parts of) those boroughs! Nirmal Banerjee of Butterfruit Labs confirms what we already knew: (more…)
We’ve been noticing a trend lately of places that double as coffee shops and some other kind of shop. It got us wondering, is a good old cuppa joe not enough anymore? Are people so busy that they need to get their coffee and their floral arrangements in the same place? Or are shop owners just so ambitious that they can’t satisfy themselves by only focusing on one thing?
Whatever the answer, we have to admit that these shops are doing something right, and presenting us with some fun and quirky new ways to caffeinate ourselves. From a surf shop/coffee shop to an art gallery/coffee shop, here are 8 of the most interesting examples in NYC. If you know one that isn’t on this list, leave us a comment!
If you happen to need a surfboard along with your espresso, Saturdays Surf NYC in Soho is the place to go. Their coffee counter is right next to a display of surfboards. The shop also sells men’s clothes, surf gear, accessories and books. In the warmer months, grab a macchiato and head out back to sit in the courtyard. Saturdays also made our list of the Top 10 Coffee Shops in Manhattan (for Design Buffs). They’ve got a West Village location too. (more…)
Have you ever left a subway station with an immediate craving for coffee only to wander for blocks looking for a great (non Starbucks) cafe to no avail? Search no more as Nirmal Banerjee of Butterfruit Labs Development just published a map with the best cafe by each subway stop. From Blue Bottle Coffee at the 14th Street and 8th Avenue stop to Stumptown Coffee Roasters at the the N/R/ 23rd Street stop, many of the city’s top coffee shops on are on the list.
The Gilded Age is having a comeback. Hipsters are sporting mutton chops, pickling is the new knitting and a restaurant named 1 Knickerbocker recently opened in Bushwick featuring modern interpretations of Gilded Age cuisine. Mayor Bill De Blasio suggested we might be re-living that time period with an economic condition comparable to A Tale of Two Cities.
Food in 19th century New York borrowed from French haute cuisine. The wealthy dined in legendary restaurants like Delmonico’s, private dining rooms like the Metropolitan Club and 12-member dining societies like the Zodiac Club. (more…)