Tuesday, March 24, 2009

☞ DRINK: Raggs of Harlem

After the previous post on the lack of traditional beer gardens, Raggs of Harlem might fill in for the time being. Under new management, the owners have added pressed-tin ceilings, pendant lights, ceiling fans, and wood paneling to make the interior as casual and familiar as possible.  This place seems like a bar one might find in the East Village when it still had character.  The area with the elevated train tracks nearby also feels somewhat like Williamsburg back in the day. Yes, it's a dive, but that's the charm of it.  Word has it the drink prices are recession worthy and the jukebox is the best in the neighborhood. A new influx of artists seem to appreciate this place for its old school, faded bohemian atmosphere. 101 East 119th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues. Tel. 646-596-8258

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