The Back Room of Jimmy's No. 43
Neighborhood: East Village
Address: 43 East 7th St..
Jimmy's No. 43 is the unofficial clubhouse of craft beer and sustainable food in Manhattan, minus any of the pretentiousness and tweeness that distinction might suggest. It's actually full of the people who are on the front lines of these movements, making things happen because of their passion rather than any hope for financial gain. That same spirit extends to the artistic life of the intimate back room, which bar owner Jimmy Carbone opens up to all sorts of small theater groups, musical acts, and so on. The whole bar used to be a Polish social club, and it's got an awesome cavernous feel to it. That back room is a rare incubator of interesting creativity and community in a city that needs it more than ever. Jimmy makes that happen, and for that reason I think the back room is one of the coolest places in New York. You can find out about events going on back there on the bar's website, and learn more about it from the Kickstarter campaign to improve the facilities. -Chris Schonberger