For me, 11th Street Bar is basically the platonic ideal of a neighborhood bar. It's a warm, inviting place, with a great selection of beers on tap, from standards like Yuengling and Guinness to craft beers like Left Hand Brewing's Sawtooth Ale, 21st Amendment's Imperial Black IPA, Greenport's Black Duck Porter, and seasonals you won't see everywhere, like Abita's Mardi Gras Bock and Victory's Summer Love (nearly all drafts are $6.50, and happy hour means $2 off everything from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily). There are enough TVs to keep a sports fan happy but not too many to piss off a non-sports fan. The space is big, and even on weekend nights it never feels so crowded that it's uncomfortable. It's a deceptively simple formula for a good bar; I'd say there's nothing to it, but if that were true, wouldn't there be more places like 11th St. Bar in all of our lives?
11th Street Bar: 510 E. 11th Street, New York, NY 10009 (map) 212-982-3929; 11thstbar.com