Established in 1854, McSorley’s has persisted through Prohibition and two world wars, served former presidents (Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt), and remains one of the more interesting places to have a pint in NYC.
🍺 Order this: Light or dark McSorley’s ale—those are your only choices.
🖼 If the menu here is simplistic, the decor is anything but. Feast your eyes on presidential portraits, vintage menus, newspaper clippings, poems, book jackets, and sports memorabilia that layer the bar’s walls like fish scales. 🔗 Link in bio for more of the East Village's best bars. 📷: @go_gotham
Entering Rolf's at Christmastime elicits delighted laughs, shouts of "This is crazy!" or "It's too crowded; we'll have to come back another time." Now really is the best time of year to experience a tavern that looks more like an overloaded toy shop—a dining experience akin to being trapped inside a Black Forest snow globe. Singles clutching tall German beers make small talk in the packed bar while friends catch up in snug booths over wintertime staples like wiener schnitzel with spaetzle and sauerbraten with red cabbage and mashed potatoes. Couples who might have known each other more than a few minutes steal kisses under mistletoe. Dangling from the ceiling are clusters of colored bulbs, evergreen wreaths and Victorian-period dolls, all of it impressively dust-free. The staff appears unruffled by the commotion, having seen it all before. 🔗 Link in bio for the best in NYC holiday dining! 📷: @mollyfolsom