Bouche Bar


If you’ve ever had the fantasy of going to a bar with absolutely no attitude, no pressure and about 20 square feet of real estate, this is your bar. Feeling more like your buddy’s studio apartment than a space for public congregation, Bouche is not much more than a closet with a fridge, a table and a couple stools in front of a tiny bar. Behind this bar sits the bartender, reading some mass market Dostoyevsky book, and smiling when you order one of the few beers they have. Don’t go here expecting a party, and you won’t be disappointed. Go here to cozy up to a date, and feel like a knowledgeable local who is too cool for one of those silly trendy East Village chump joints. [MF]

540 E 5th St.