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New York's an exciting drinking town, full of creative cocktail dens, innovative wine and beer bars, and old-school dives. We polled 14 of New York's top bartenders, including Joaquín Simó of Pouring Ribbons, Dan Greenbaum of The Beagle, Leo Robitschek of The Nomad, Maxwell Britten of Maison Premiere, and more to find out where we should drink when we want to drink like the pros.
Other than the crowd of little league soccer players and their parents after Saturday morning practice, Buff's biggest claim to fame are their wings ($4.95 per half order; 8.95 per whole). You can get them on or off the bone, and doused with one of 10 different hot sauces. It's not actually the variety that impresses me; call me a curmudgeon, but Buffalo wings are Buffalo wings, and I start to wonder about a place that offers as many different flavor varieties as Baskin-Robbins.
"Seely’s naked contempt for Jager-bombs and the people who drink them is as refreshing as a frosty schooner of Vitamin R." Dive into the Sloop and you might catch a glimpse of a crew member from "Deadliest Catch." Photograph by Cary Melton Mike Seely, managing editor of the Seattle Weekly, writes like Ernest Hemingway in his new book, Seattle’s Best Dive Bars. He’s Papa for the PBR crowd, exploring the gritty, working class watering holes that are the antithesis of the geeky chic image the city has embraced. He doesn’t candy coat his close-to-the-ground reports on these off-the-radar spots. For instance, he says The Waterwheel Lounge looks like the kind of place “where you might get your head bludgeoned on...