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The 10 Best New NYC Bars of 2012 (So Far) Photos via Kirsten Luce for the New York Times.

5. The Wayland

Neighborhood: East Village
Address: 700 East 9th St.
Website: thewaylandnyc.com

An understated spot in Alphabet City, the Wayland's atmosphere is Southern by way of the 19th century school down the block where the lamps, tables, and other furnishings were salvaged from. The bartenders sometimes double as musicians during the week, one hand on a cocktail shaker, the other pounding a piano. But the expansive windows and plain walls keep things from feeling oppressively hip. You aren't drinking in an antique shop, thankfully. The drink menu features exciting alterations of standards, like the margarita with kale juice, in addition to standards like a Tecate can with the works.

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