One patron says, “It looks as though the owner’s basement barfed on the walls.” Everything from old banners to a Lil’ Penny doll adorn the shelves and bar of this hectically cramed establishment. Menu items are written in chalk on what seems like two dozen boards around the barroom. Despite all this, and a Breshnev look-alike who seems to be glued to the bar, the place has character, a homey quality and a barkeep who’s not too afraid to admit he has no more clean glasses. [MF]

1623 2nd Ave.