Manhattan – East Village
92 Second Ave between 5th and 6th Sts
Manhattan, NY 10003
Bars have been borrowing design cues from ski lodges and log cabins for decades. In the space formerly known as Black Star, a few vintage skis hang on the walls along with some worn signs, but the vibe is more generic than it is kitsch. A pool table awaits hustlers in the rear, flat-screen TVs perch in the corners and a video-game console sits on the bar. Two things make the place worth a visit: a back room decorated with ornate, antique-looking couches and chairs (open for special events); and bottles of Rheingold selling for just $2 after 2am.
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