you can't quite tell where you are. The decorations don't make an ounce of sense. There are lights on the walls that look like heat lamps. The food is overpriced. But when it comes to beer, this place rocks. I've met the brewer, and he's a super nice guy. Try the dunkle - it's GREAT.
PROS: great beer
CONS: weird atmosphere, food is too expensive
It really is the way your mom makes it: limited selection, heaping servings of comfort food (fried chicken, mashed potatoes, fish, green beans, meat loaf) served from behind a counter. that means no wait. and it also means pure deliciousness. one plate for ten dollars. Not terribly cheap, but Mama won't send you home empty handed--you WILL have leftovers.
Kate's Joint serves surprisingly good imitation meat. I recommend the buffallo unchicken wings. They also have a full bar, which is a good thing at any restaurant. They have a nice menu (not too big, but a good variety) and i can't say that i've ever gotten anything there that i haven't liked. it's worth a try. Draws a hipster crowd.
This gym is not bad. They have a good amount of equipment and televisions. They also have bikes that have computers with internet hook up so you can check your email while you exercise. That's a little excessive in my opinion AND it's really hard to do. One time I saw Leelee Sobieski working out there.
Sunshine has a really friendly, laid back staff. They also have a good selection of art films and other films. On the weekends, they play old movies at midnight, they call this "midnight movies." The building is nice looking, like a real theater, and the seats are comfortable. It's a good place to go for a movie and popcorn.
If you want to pretend you're in Clockwork Orange, or if you want to hang out with goth kids, go to Korova. They have lots of crazy milk drinks, and sometimes they have a drink special: a beer and a shot for $5. Some days it's rolling rock and jack daniels, and sometimes its Corona and Jose Cuervo.
Excellent Dumpling House really is excellent. The food is so cheap and the service is sooooo fast! Hot tea comes with every meal, and they replace the tea pot after your pour yourself a cup. I recommend the vegetable dumpling soup (the soups are HUGE), but honestly, i've loved everything i've ever ordered there.
PROS: the best Chinese food i've ever had
CONS: cash only
Very aptly named for its 1970's living room / basement decor, welcome to the Johnson's isn't just trendy, but is also affordable. They have $2 cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon every day. They also have a couple arcade games. Everything about the place screams hipster, and it tends to get crowded.
Washington square diner is open 24 hours, and has the best fruit salad i've ever had at a diner (a lot of strawberries). The service is always very good, and i've never ordered anything that I didn't like. The greek salad is huge! The only bad thing is their coffee isn't very good--too watery, not dark enough.
CONS: bad coffee
Barcade is one of the best bars in the city. There are tons and tons of arcade games, and really great imported beers (some of their beers are between 8% and 10% alcohol by volume). The bar is dog-friendly, and i've never been there when it was dog free. If you like dogs and video games, then this is your bar.