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East Village

The Oldest Bar In New York Only Serves Two Kinds of Beer, And That's Fine With Us

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If your understanding of Korean food is limited to kimchi and kimbap (and even if it’s not), grab your partner and head to Thursday Kitchen ASAP. With soft shell crab with wasabi dipping sauce, kimchi paella, and the “not so plain-tain” (fried plantains with honey ricotta) on its menu, Thursday Kitchen blends the unconventional with tried-and-true Korean comfort food. Be sure to order the soju-based cocktails, which come in plastic pouches with straws, Capri Sun style. Since many items are served tapas-style, we recommend at least two or three items per person, which should be an excellent introduction to the lively, East Village joint.

Once you’ve polished off the last of the Korean popcorn chicken and tuna tataku, head to New York’s oldest bar, McSorley’s Old Ale House. With tchotchkes on the walls and traditions galore, this old Irish tap room serves just two kinds of ale--light and dark--and when you order a beer, you’ll be served two half-pints of light and dark ale. So take a trip back in time with your S.O, and cheers to some of the previous patrons—Theodore Roosevelt, John Lennon, Hunter S. Thompson, and E.E. Cummings to name a few—who have come through the doors of McSorley’s.

Thursday Kitchen

424 East 9th Street, Manhattan

McSorley’s Old Ale House

15 East 7th Street, Manhattan

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